The Kilns, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8JD, UK
Special Notice, March 2020: We have made the difficult decision to temporarily halt tours of The Kilns, Lewis’s historic home in Oxford, due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Due to government action and because The Kilns acts as a home for our community of C.S. Lewis Scholars in Residence, we have concluded that bringing tours through the house at this time would expose both groups (the scholars and the tour guests) to inappropriate risks. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make decisions about when we will open open the home for tours again.
Update May 2021: Due to ongoing travel and public health restrictions, The Kilns remains closed for tours and we are not accepting future reservations. We are closely following the guidance set forth by the UK government for museums and other cultural sites and will open as soon as legally and practically possible. Until we have a clear re-opening date, prospective visitors are welcome to visit the nearby C.S. Lewis Nature reserve, which may be open to the public (please check their website here for details).
Thank you for your understanding and for your prayers during this difficult time.
Note that the policies below reflect our usual practices and are for reference only until we are able to reopen.
Tour the Kilns
Tours of the home are conducted by appointment only. Tours can be scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with some restrictions for holidays and private functions.
Admission fees for the tour are £12.50 per adult and £10 per student, senior (60+), or child. Cash is the only payment method accepted.
Special admissions fees for larger groups (groups of 15 or more) are also available upon request (we request several weeks’ advance reservations for large groups).
To increase the chances that we will have available tours on your preferred date, please make your request at least two weeks in advance. See below about how to request your tour and about our policies on confirmations and cancellations.
To Request A Tour
Please be aware that the C.S. Lewis Study Centre is a residential home for scholars (see our scholars in residence page here).
Due to the needs of those living at The Kilns, we have a limited amount of tour times that can be scheduled each week, and we generally reserve tours around the needs of the resident scholars.
Because of our scheduling needs, we only have a limited number of tour guides available and are only able to fully confirm tour reservations about two weeks in advance.
Please note that while we make every effort to hold tours as scheduled and reserved, there may be rare occasions where we may need to cancel a tour for unexpected reasons. If so, we will contact you by email as soon as a change is made.
If you need to cancel your tour for any reason, please contact us as far in advance as possible by email to our Tour Coordinator.
In the interest of ensuring a quality study experience for all in residence at The Kilns, visitors are respectfully asked to observe the fact that The Kilns is not a museum.
Rather, it is the Foundation’s intention to honor the memory of C.S. Lewis by encouraging its continued use as a quiet place of study, fellowship and creative scholarly work, much in the manner that characterized Lewis’ own period of residency there.
Because the home functions primarily as a personal residence, much as it did in Lewis’ time, there are occasions when it simply may prove impractical, or even impossible, to receive outside visitors.
On such occasions, please be assured that we deeply regret any disappointment that may result. To minimize this possibility, we strongly encourage all interested parties to make every effort to arrange for the desired visit and tour at least two weeks in advance.
Kilns Seminars and Residencies
In addition to tours of the Kilns, the C.S. Lewis Foundation also hosts C.S. Lewis Summer Seminars at the Kilns as well as opportunities for long term Scholars-in-Residence. You can learn more clicking on the links below.
The Kilns address is The Kilns, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8JD, UK
Visit Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church is situated a short distance from The Kilns in the area known as Headington Quarry. This is where C S Lewis worshipped for over 30 years and is buried in the churchyard. Features inside the church, built in 1849 and designed by the celebrated architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, include the Narnia Window and the pew where the Lewis brothers used to sit. The church tends to be open during daylight hours but groups wanting an accompanied visit should contact the church verger Adrian Wood in advance on email@example.com