With its dreaming spires and wealth of older buildings, Oxford is a city perfectly suited for costume dramas and fantasy epics. Here are several locations for cinephiles (and Potter fans) to check out in the city centre.
First up is Magdalen College, which has featured in the likes of the romantic costume drama Howard's End, C.S. Lewis biopic Shadowlands as well as the most recent Brideshead Revisited adaptation. From there it's a quick stroll over to New College, a destination that has been used for a famed British spy (Tomorrow Never Dies), the boy who lived (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and an ABBA hit (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again).
The Sheldonian Theatre has featured in coming-of-age drama An Education, superpowered prequel X-Men: First Class and famed box-office bomb Heaven's Gate (where it doubled as Harvard University). From the Sheldonian dive into the Convocation House, the location for a number of Harry Potter entries as well as doubling as the House of Commons including both in The Madness of King George and The Favourite. Whilst there have a peek in the Duke Humfrey's Library, which doubled as Hogwarts' library.
Nearby is Radcliffe Square, a location for another fantasy epic with strong Oxford ties (The Golden Compass) as well as modern blockbusters like Transformers: The Last Knight and The Mummy. Along Brasenose Lane and Turl Street you'll find Exeter College seen in both The Golden Compass (in its normal guise) and being interdimensionally warped in Doctor Strange.
Slightly further afield is Christ Church, a location for The Golden Compass, Brideshead Revisited and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. There's also Oxford Castle Quarter's, which in its former life as a prison has been used for A Fish Called Wanda, 102 Dalmatians, Mean Machine and Spy Game.
Give our movie location tour a try and for more movie locations check out our guide to Oxford on the Big Screen.