Inspector Morse, Lewis & Endeavour
Oxford was the key location for the filming of Inspector Morse and Lewis, and most recently, Endeavour. If you're lucky enough to visit during filming, you can turn the corner and unexpectedly find Shaun Evans in front of the cameras! At other times there is still plenty to see and do to follow in the detectives footsteps.
To truly witness the city as Morse did, why not book yourself onto Oxford Official Walking Tours Inspector Morse and Lewis tour? The two hour tour follows in the footsteps of the city’s celebrated TV detective Morse, his successor Lewis and Hathaway. Visit the scenes of their best-known cases with lots of lively anecdotes along the way.
Have a coffee in the Morse Bar at the Randolph Hotel, or take a walk around some of Morse's favourite pubs, The Eagle and Child, The White Horse, The Kings Arms and The Bear are all in the city centre and have featured in episodes.
You can take a visit to Exeter College and see where John Thaw acted Morse's fatal heart attack scene, or take the short trip to The Trout Inn at Wolvercote, where so often we saw Morse with a pint glass in his hand!
Alternatively, you could take a trip to the Ashmolean Museum and try and spot the The Hunt in the Forest painting, which was featured in the Point of Vanishing episode of Lewis. The Ashmolean Museum also featured in an Inspector Morse episode: The Wolvercote Tongue, as did Didcot Railway Centre.
Other Oxford city locations, like the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Martyr's Memorial, The Sheldonian Theatre, and Blackwell's bookshop can all be visited. Travel out of the city to Blenheim Palace, Burford and Thrupp to tick off more locations. For further Morse exploration, Location Oxford has a fantastic trail that outlines many of locations used as a backdrop in Inspector Morse.