Where to go if you love Inspector Morse

Retrace your favourite TV detective’s steps with a visit to these five locations.

Press Association
Last updated: 11 February 2018 - 2.34pm

With the eagerly awaited return of Endeavour fast approaching, these destinations are the perfect way to relive some of the original Morse series’ best-loved episodes and get you in the mood for the new season.

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Here are five UK locations to add to your must-visit list if you love Inspector Morse.

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1. The Morse Bar, Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford

In the early Morse episode entitled The Wolvercote Tongue, on his hunt to find a priceless piece of Medieval jewellery after the mysterious death of its owner, Morse visits Oxford’s Randolph Hotel. Situated on Beaumont Street in the city centre, the bar of this iconic venue is now famously called The Morse Bar, and is the perfect setting to enjoy a real British Ale.

2. University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Founded in 1621, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Britain and features in episodes The Settling Of The Sun, and The Silent World Of Nicholas Quinn. A walk under the stunning Danby Gateway into this beautiful garden is a must for anyone visiting Morse’s Oxford.

3. Jaguar Heritage Gallery, Coventry Transport Museum

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Once the centre of the British car industry, The Coventry Transport Museum showcases some of the most fabulous collections of quintessentially British motor vehicles. In the Jaguar Heritage Gallery, visitors can see the iconic Mark 2 Jaguar that became synonymous with the TV detective. For any Morse and British motor enthusiast, this museum is certainly worth seeing. As an added bonus, admissions are free!

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4. The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

 

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This unique and historic venue was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and features in many episodes throughout the series. It is the official location for degree ceremonies for the University of Oxford and open to the public when not in use. An incredible feat of architectural design inside and out, this fabulous theatre is a must-see while in the city. Better still, there are frequent events at the venue, including performances from the University Orchestra and New Chamber Opera. Tickets to see these concerts are available to purchase and are highly recommended to anyone who shares Morse’s taste for opera and classical music.

5. Exeter College, Oxford

 

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The final and most crucial location on our Inspector Morse tour, Exeter College, known as Lonsdale College in the series, is the site where Morse collapses in the original series finale, The Remorseful Day. The main entrance to the college, through the porter’s lodge, takes you into the Front Quadrangle, where this emotional scene takes place. With the Chapel, Great Hall and Library all dating back to 1314, Exeter College is an incredible place to appreciate some of the University’s most impressive architecture. Just remember to keep off the grass…