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The spires and colleges of Oxford have long captivated authors and poets, and in recent years have served as a setting for a variety of best-selling books and films, from Harry Potter to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. But perhaps Oxford’s most famous appearance as a literary backdrop dates back 150 years, when the mathematician Charles Dodgson, writing under the pen name Lewis Carroll, recorded the fantastic adventures of Alice in Wonderland. While Alice was surrounded by elements of surreal fantasy, many parts of modern-day Oxford would still be instantly recognisable to Dodgson.

In a recent New York Times feature, Charlie Lovett journeyed through Oxford in a search for evidence of Alice’s world.

The NY Times article is here: Finding Alice’s ‘Wonderland’ in Oxford; day trips to Oxford can be arranged as part of our UK holidays.