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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; Oxford University's largest College and the Cathedral Church for the Anglican 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.
The Cathedral is currently undergoing restoration work to repair the vaulted ceiling above the Chancel.The stone bosses and their octagonal lanterns are being checked, repaired and cleaned. The ceiling will also be gently cleaned, open joints in the masonry re-pointed and where significant decorative detail is missing, replacement sections will be carved. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause during your visit; however, the vital restoration work will preserve this 'feat of extraordinary architectural ingenuity' for many years to come.
Work will be completed and the scaffolding removed in March.
You can now reserve your place on one of our Behind the Scenes Guided Tours via our online system.
The behind the scenes tour lasts approximately one hour and includes the Masters, Pocock and Cathedral Gardens, Tom Quad and Hall. Following the tour you will have an opportunity to explore the public areas of Christ Church in your own time. Please note there is a small additional fee if you wish to visit the Picture Gallery.
For further information, prices and to book online please click here
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 Mark Davies (author of 'Alice in Waterland') 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.
For full details and to book tickets please click here
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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