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Visiting the Picture Gallery

Christ Church Picture Gallery is located within the walls of Christ Church. To visit the Picture Gallery without visiting the rest of the college, enter through Canterbury Gate off Oriel Square (from King Edward Street), only a couple of minutes walk from the High Street. The Custodian at the gate will direct you to the Gallery.

For visitors who wish to see the entire college, entrance is at Meadow Gate. If you start from there, the Picture Gallery is located in the last quadrangle, known as Canterbury Quad, designed by the British architect James Wyatt (1746 - 1813).

Important Notice

Due to essential fire prevention building work the Picture Gallery will have to remain closed to the public from Tuesday the 1st September to Friday the 11th September 2015. We are very sorry about this, but hope to be open over the weekend of the 5th/6th September. We will publish changes and updates on the progress of the building work on our website, facebook and twitter.

Christ Church Picture Gallery

Opening Hours

October - May (closed Tuesdays)
Mon, Wed - Sat: 10.30am - 1pm & 2 - 4.30pm
Sun: 2 - 4.30pm

June (closed Tuesdays)
Mon, Wed - Sat: 10.30am - 5pm
Sun: 2 - 5pm

July - September (open every day)
Mon - Sat: 10.30am - 5pm
Sun: 2 - 5pm

Closed Christmas Day and New Year period from 23 December 2014 - 6 January 2015. The gallery will re-open 7 January 2015.

Entrance Charges

Adults - £4.00    Concessions - £2.00

Please note that the entrance charge to the Picture Gallery is independent of the admission charge to the rest of the college. 

Visitors who have bought a ticket to visit Christ Church are entitled to a 50% reduction of the Gallery ticket.

Gallery Tours

Every Monday at 2.30pm visitors can join a tour through the Gallery with our expert tour guides or curatorial staff. The tour is free with the price of admission.

Special and individually tailored tours can be arranged.


The Picture Gallery has a small shop which sells a select range of postcards, posters, greeting cards and publications. We have had many of our visitors claim that we have the best selection of greeting cards in Oxford.

Sketching in the Gallery

Visitors are permitted to sketch in the gallery  on paper not to exceed 12 x 18 inches with charcoal or lead pencils only. If individuals need to sharpen their pencils, they must use their own boxes to collect the shavings.

The use of pens, coloured pencils, oil paints, easels, or watercolours is not allowed. In addition, individuals who sketch in the gallery may not interfere with the flow of visitors through the galleries and are subject to further direction from the gallery staff, as necessary.

Annual ticket - £10.00

Unlimited entrance to the Picture Gallery for one year.


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