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Welcome to Christ Church

Schematic view of Christ Church

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Christ Church is the essential place to visit in Oxford. Two of its famous landmarks, Tom Tower, by Christopher Wren, and Oxford’s Cathedral spire, contribute to the city’s celebrated skyline and mark Christ Church as a unique dual foundation; one of Oxford University's largest Colleges and the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford.

Stroll through the tranquil landscape of Christ Church Meadow where Longhorn cattle graze at the centre of a bustling city. Enter the majestic Meadow Gate and walk in the footsteps of academics, kings and queens, a little girl called Alice and even a few wizards! Gaze upon the beautiful buildings, elegant quadrangles and vibrant stained glass windows and gain an insight into the rich history of an Oxford college and the life of a community dedicated to learning.

This section of our website contains useful information to help you plan your visit and details about upcoming events that you might like to attend.



September Guided Tours - Bookings Now Open

Join one of our exclusive guided tours of Christ Church and learn more about this unique institution. The tour lasts one hour and normally includes the Masters', Pocock and Cathedral Garden, Tom Quad and Hall.

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Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Wednesday 24 September 2014 - bookings close 9am Monday 22 September

Thursday 25 September 2014 - Sold Out

Enjoy a carefully crafted afternoon tea in the exclusive surroundings of Christ Church's magnificent Tudor Hall. The tea will be served on High Table and includes a talk by on Lewis Carroll and his extraordinary stories. 

There is also an optional pre-tea behind the scenes tour of Christ Church, which will include an explanation of the people and places that  inspired Lewis Carroll.

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October - Half-Term Halloween Treats

Ghost Tour with Bill Spectre

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Join Bill Spectre for an eerie and entertaining afternoon of ghoulish tales, fun and illusions. The experience will begin with a warming drink and slice of cake by the fire in the Great Hall, after which Bill will guide you on a theatrical and spine-tingling ghost tour of the college.

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Wizards' Tea Party

Thursday 30 October 2014

There is magic in the air this Halloween as our Great Hall is transformed into the setting for a Wizards' tea party. The tea includes a special selection of sweet and savoury delights inspired by the tales of Merlin, Gandalf, Harry Potter and his friends. The afternoon promises to be a truly magical experience.

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November/December - Christmas Afternoon Teas

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's Christmas Tea Party

Monday 24, Thursday 27 November and Thursday 4 December 2014

Join us in the Great Hall for a Mad Hatter's tea party with a festive twist. The tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and tartlets and a choice of teas. The The Hall will also be decorated for the season with a large Wonderland inspired Christmas tree as its focus- How many connections can you find?

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A Christ Church Christmas Carol Tea Party

Monday 1 December 2014

Celebrate the festive season with an exclusive afternoon tea on High Table. Inspired by Dickens' description of Scrooge's first encounter with the Ghost of Christmas Present, the tea includes a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries.

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Special Interest Weekend 2015

Inspiration and Imagination: Jane Austen's Places - An Oxford Perspective

16 - 19 April 2015 

This Special Interest Weekend looks at the significant places in the life and fiction of Jane Austen. It will explore Austen’s Oxford connections, the places she lived and visited and how they influenced her novels.

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The Christ Church GuidebookGuide Book

The Christ Church Guidebook is on sale now at the Cathedral Shop and the Porters' Lodge. The Guidebook tells the fascinating history of Christ Church in beautiful prose and images. Readers are offered a glimpse into everyday life at the college, including areas which are not accessible to visitors.

"Christ Church has been one of England's prime educational establishments for nearly 500 years, and is now a progressively modern college in a very modern university. But it is much more than that too. It is the seat of a cathedral, for one thing. It is an architectural exhibition. It is a treasure house and a portrait gallery. It is a place of literature and beautiful music. It is a school of statesmen, eminent divines, men and women prominent in all walks of life. It is a legend and a myth" (From the introduction by Jan Morris)

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