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Magical Oxford: From the Narnia Chronicles to Harry Potter

Discover the literary side of Oxford as you and your grandchild explore sites of the Harry Potter films, experience medieval life at Warwick Castle and much more.
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Program No. 14008RJ
10 days
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Magical Oxford: From the Narnia Chronicles to Harry Potter

Discover the literary side of Oxford as you and your grandchild explore sites of the Harry Potter films, experience medieval life at Warwick Castle and much more.
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Program No. 14008 RJ
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Embrace the magical worlds of Narnia, Alice’s Wonderland, Middle Earth and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts through this journey of enchanted Oxford. Explore locales and meet characters made famous by some of the world’s most creative and intriguing authors — Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman. During interactive discussions with local experts, delve into these legendary tales of elves and hobbits, wizards and muggles, to discover their indelible mark on world literature.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover how the magical world of Harry Potter was brought to the big screen at Warner Brothers Studio, where we’ll explore movie sets, meet Buckbeak the Hippogriff and other animatronic creatures and more!
  • Explore Warwick Castle’s towers, ramparts and mysterious dungeons.
  • Discover the significance of the “City of Dreaming Spires.”

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-11. Most rooms are double or single occupancy; some triples are available but must be requested upon enrollment.
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Complete Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
A volume containing all seven books in Lewis's series, well-loved by readers of all ages.
The Inklings of Oxford
by James Ray Veneman (Photographer), Harry Lee Poe
A photographic tour of Oxford inspired by the times and lives of the Inklings, a literary group featuring J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis among other luminaries. This book serves as a guided tour of Oxford, bringing readers to the various haunts of these famous writers. Includes a helpful map section.
The Professor and the Madman
by Simon Winchester
The bizarre true story behind the birth of the Oxford English Dictionary and two men -- one a scholarly editor, the other a mentally ill, convicted murderer -- who contributed to its creation.
That Sweet City, Visions of Oxford
by John Elinger
Linguist, professor, Old English scholar and poet Elinger (a.k.a. Sir Christopher John Elinger Ball) describes each of the selected sights on seven hand-crafted walks from city center into the countryside with pictures, poems, maps and commentary.
Notes from a Small Island
by Bill Bryson
A farewell walking tour of England by an American expatriate who has decided to return home after two decades. Like all of Bryson's books, it's full of rich conversations, humorous anecdotes and amusing interactions.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
by Lewis Carroll
The Penguin Books Classic edition of Carroll’s most beloved works, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland
by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
An insightful look at the friendship between Oxford mathematician-turned-writer Lewis Carroll and 11-year-old Alice Liddell, the inspiration for the Alice in Wonderland books.
A Traveller's History of England
by Christopher Daniell
Historian and archeologist Daniell delivers a comprehensive history of the region since the time of the hunter-gatherers in this compact volume, taking you through the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, and Medieval monarchs to the Reformation, Renaissance, the world wars, and the modern state of things.
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings
by Philip Zaleski
A fascinating, readable group biography of the Inklings, the prestigious Oxford writing club that included J. R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield and Charles William.
The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
The first in Pullman's classic His Dark Materials trilogy, this sophisticated fantasy follows a young girl's adventures based in an other-wordly Oxford.
The Hobbit: Or, There and Back Again
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien’s classic tale of Bilbo Baggins’ grand journey with a rowdy group of dwarves to reclaim treasure from the dragon Smaug at the Lonely Mountain.
In Search of England
by H.V. Morton, Jan Morris (Introduction)
The much-beloved, enduring account of Morton's ramblings through the English countryside in the early days of the motorcar. Morton charmingly mixes a deep appreciation of the art, culture and history of the place with his own keen observations.
Looking for Class, Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge
by Bruce Feiler
A witty, charming and astutely observed account of an American graduate student's year spent in the halls of England's most prestigious academic institutions.
A Traveller's History of Oxford
by Richard Tames
A compact history of Oxford from settlement to the present, including its importance in medieval England, founding of the different colleges and brief period as Royalist capital. Tames also discusses the architecture of the colleges and includes biographies of illustrious alumni.
Angry Island, Hunting the English
by A. A. Gill
The splendidly irreverent London critic A.A. Gill includes scathing chapters on voice, humor, drink, animals, garden, sport and class in this comic manual to the English.
Oxford, A Cultural Guide
by Martin Garrett
In this entertaining and brief guide to Oxford, Martin Garrett focuses on what makes Oxford -- Oxford. He takes readers from Oxford's days as an Anglo-Saxon outpost through the 20th century.
Oxford, Witney & Woodstock Map
by Ordnance Survey
Great for outdoor activities (especially walking and hiking), this British-produced map in the Explorer series has unsurpassed detail of roads and trails, parks and landmarks. Scaled at 1:25,000 (2.5 inches equals one mile).
Roald Dahl, Collected Stories
by Roald Dahl
Beautifully presented, this Everyman's Library edition collects Dahl's 51 stories for adults, including his tales of adventure as as fighter pilot in East Africa in WWII.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling
The book that started it all. The Sorcerer’s Stone follows Harry through his first year at Hogwarts and introduced a magical world to millions of readers around the world.
Eyewitness Guide London
by Eyewitness Guides
This superb guide to London features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.

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