C. S. Lewis House

C. S. Lewis House, Headington: Address, Phone Number, C. S. Lewis House Reviews: 4.5/5

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DebbieNix
Oxford, UK76 contributions
Great tour! Just wish I could have found "the" wardrobe!!!
Sep 2021
We found our tour of The Kilns to be really interesting. Our guide, Tyson, was very welcoming and had lots of information to share with us. The tour, which lasted about 75 minutes, felt very relaxed and we were able to ask lots of questions. You need to book this tour in advance, via the website, but it is DEFINITELY worth doing if, like me, you are a fan of C.S. Lewis' work. Just for information, you also need to take cash to pay for the tour on the day..
Written September 25, 2021
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Gaye N
Perth, UK419 contributions
Home of C.S. Lewis
Mar 2020 • Couples
Got ourselves by bus to Headington, thanks to my husbands research. Lovely cottage oh to stay in such a lovely house. We walked to the edge of the nature reserve but too muddy and not wearing proper footwear, plan on coming again, hopefully when we can get a tour.
Written March 28, 2020
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952carye
Mesquite, United States8 contributions
CS Lewis Home
Aug 2019
Amazing house and tour. Students studying CS Lewis at one of the nearby universities guided the tour we attended. Truly enjoyable to see how Mr. Lewis and his brother lived before and after Ms Davidman joined with her two boys. The insight they shared with us made this a delightful trip. Be sure to visit the grounds that surround the kilns with woods and nature preserve close behind the home make for a great spot to reflect to visit before your tour or after you finish. You are free to walk around the beautiful pond.
Written December 10, 2019
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Silva P
Tampere, Finland34 contributions
Great visit for friends of C.S. Lewis
Aug 2019
We signed up for a tour on a Saturday morning. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the atmosphere was really nice. There are hardly any original items but you still get a very good feel for how C.S. Lewis, his brother and Joy used to live. The pond and its surroundings were quite modest and not too well maintained. We also visited the church and grave. There was a beautiful glass window in the church.
Written August 30, 2019
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KKM2000
61 contributions
Worth the Trouble to schedule
May 2019 • Family
I sent several emails requesting a tour through the email address given for tours on the foundation website. After 3 times of no response I then called the foundation in California and did get a response from a friendly staff member. She reached out to the coordinator in Oxford and then I was able to get a tour scheduled. If you get a tour scheduled, I definitely recommend going early to explore the grounds. The nature reserve is a lovely setting and it was easy for me to visualize Jack walking the paths. The guide was so warm and friendly and even the other visitors made this time so enriching. Our family ended up walking over to the church and grave together. Highly recommend for Lewis fans.
Written June 25, 2019
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overlookedandunobserved228
Provo, Utah25 contributions
A highlight of my trip
May 2019 • Couples
It’s important to note that The Kilns is not a museum but a house for scholars in residence, and so tours have to be scheduled far in advance and are dependent on certain days of the week. My husband and I really lucked out in making it to one, and we were so glad that we did. Our tour guide was one of the scholars-in-residence and very knowledgeable about Lewis and his writings. Our tour group was quite large but it was fun to see so many people from different backgrounds united by a common interest in the life and work of this man. We walked up Shotover Hill afterward and enjoyed seeing all of the bluebells. It definitely was one of my favorite parts of our trio and if you have a chance to go, take it!
Written June 24, 2019
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Mike M
Virginia Beach, VA549 contributions
AN ABSOLUTE FOR FANS OF C. S. LEWIS
Sep 2018 • Friends
If you have read any C. S. Lewis a visit to the Kilns is a must. Lewis lived here with his brother Warnie for over 30 years. He died here on 22 November 1963. His reconversion to Christianity occurred while residing here and all of his Christian apologetic writings were done here. The area around the house has changed dramatically since Lewis, much growth and new development. His wife, writer Joy Davidman, lived here during their brief marriage and until her death in 1960. The house is maintained by a private foundation and is largely dependent on proceeds from visitations. Definitely a must visit place in Oxford.
Written September 26, 2018
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Bobbie J
Orange, CA73 contributions
Worth the trouble to schedule
Mar 2018 • Friends
It took very several emails to schedule this visit. They are not really that organized, had to email back and forth numerous times to get this booked. But it was worth the trouble to see where C.S. Lewis lived and hear a little more about him. Also, walked to the church where he is buried.
Written September 18, 2018
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mcap7
Seattle, WA16 contributions
If you love C.S. Lewis, you must go!
Mar 2018 • Solo
One of the reasons why I visited England. I had Paul as my tour guide and he was fantastic and very welcoming! I could tell he was very passionate about Lewis and his works, and wanted to share that with everyone!
There are people living in house so you'll run into them, or you'll see non-Lewis/modern things around the rooms.

**Make sure to book your tour ahead of time! Also, check the bus schedule. It's a little far from the main city of Oxford. You can arrive a little earlier so you have time to visit Lewis' grave and the nature reserve.
Written March 16, 2018
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Bob7232
Portland, OR9 contributions
C.S. Lewis home
Jun 2017
This really isn't close to anything else in Oxford but well worth the time for C.S Lewis fans. It gave me a much better sense of the man than anything else. Our guide was a graduate student, welll versed in Lewis and Oxford.
Written March 2, 2018
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