The Divinity School occupies the lower storey of Duke Humphrey’s Library. Construction began in 1427 and lasted until 1488, at which point The Divinity School became The University of Oxford’s first purpose-built lecture hall.
Inside this stunning room, you’ll notice a number of points of interest. The spectacular ceiling is one of the country’s finest examples of gothic fan-vaulted architecture, and boasts 455 crests of the various families and institutions who made donations for the project. Towards the eastern end of the room, you’ll see the pulpits; the stands in which students and tutors would once have stood and debated, sometimes for days on end. By the pulpits there are two important artifacts:
Despite its unique history, The Divinity School’s role in several Harry Potter films is often its most attractive feature with tourists. Whatever your attraction, this is one of the best sites to visit in Oxford. You can enter it on our Oxford University & City Tour, see below.
Oxford Train Station
High Street Bus Stop T3, T3, L3, L1, L2, T1, T2
Broad Street Car Park, 52 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BS
You can find out more information of this site, and some of the most iconic sites in the city, on our Oxford University Walking Tour!
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