If you’re visiting England and enjoy C.S. Lewis through his Chronicles of Narnia, his Space Trilogy or his books like Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters, why not spend part of your vacation investigating some of the sites associated with him?
The first and most obvious place to plan a visit would be at the Holy Trinity Headington Quarry Church in Oxford. Holy Trinity is where C.S. Lewis is buried but, more than that, is where he chose to worship for a total of 30 years. They have a nice shrine in the back of the church dedicated to him, and you can even sit in the same spot on the pew that he spent 30 years on.
The pew and the spot is easily located as there is a gold plaque on it and I was able to find it right away. It was amazing to think that C.S. Lewis once sat in church weekly right where I was sitting, and it’s even more neat if you happen to bring along one of his books for photo opportunities (even if this is seemingly not the greatest thing to do in a church). You’ve come all this way, so you must take pictures after all.
Not far from the church is Magdalen College at Oxford University. Here you can see the building where C.S. Lewis once had rooms in when he was a tutor. You can also walk down Addison’s Walk and see where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien had their daily walks and talks which inspired C.S. Lewis to come to God – which is something he was inspired to do while striding down Addison’s Walk.
If you’re in Oxford, why not have lunch at the Eagle and Child Pub? This is where C.S. Lewis and his writer friends – known as The Inklings – met up to discuss literature and everything under the sun. J.R.R. Tolkien discussed The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings here with his friends in The Inklings while C.S. Lewis talked about his Narnia ideas.
If you’re in London, look no further than Hampstead Heath, which is where C.S. Lewis lived for a time, and after walking across the snowy heath got his inspiration for the snowy scenes in The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe.
Visiting The Kilns is a must. This is where C.S. Lewis lived from 1929-1963 with his brother Warnie. Speaking of The Kilns, Lewis said, “I never hoped for the like.” The Kilns is a place of vast beauty and even if it wasn’t for C.S. Lewis it would still be a wonderful place to visit.