Oxford Castle Unlocked has launched a new suggested literary itinerary after researchers declared it as the birthplace of the legend of King Arthur.
It has been discovered Oxford Castle is where Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote the chronicle Historia Regum Britanniae, the origin of the legend of King Arthur. The itinerary has been launched to give groups the chance to learn about Oxford’s literary history, while visiting key city attractions. Starting at Oxford Castle Unlocked, groups will be guided through St George’s Tower and Georgian prison wing before descending to the crypt.
A guided tour of the Bodleian Library, to see over 11m printed works, is suggested before a trip to The Eagle and Child for lunch, where literary greats J.R.R Tolkien, C.S Lewis and Charles Williams dubbed themselves ‘The Inklings’.
Groups can walk to Magdalen College, where C.S Lewis taught for almost 30 years. The day will finish at Alice’s Shop, featured in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. An entire episode of the book takes place in the shop, where gifts and memorabilia from the famous novel are available to buy.
For full details of the suggested itinerary visit www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk