Accessibility - Visiting Christ Church

Christ Church’s buildings date from the sixteenth century and some parts of the college are not presently accessible. However, we have introduced as many measures as reasonably possible to provide managed or physical solutions to access challenges. The extent to which we are presently able to meet these challenges in individual cases depends upon individual requirements. Please do contact us for more information.

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Tickets

The necessary companion, or carer, of a disabled visitor may book a free of charge 'carer ticket' online. The normal admission fee applies to the disabled visitor. We welcome advance notice of the special requirements of visitors with disabilities. Please contact us for advice and assistance in planning your visit. 

Multimedia Guide

A multimedia audio-visual guide to College and Cathedral is available as part of your ticket. The adult tour is available in nine languages, including British Sign Language (with additional English subtitles).

Seating and Hard Standing Surfaces

Seating is available in the Cathedral, Cloisters, Ante-Hall. The ground surfaces in and around Christ Church are a mixture of flat paving, fine gravel, cobbles, and stone.

Entrances

Meadow Gate

The main tourist visitor entrance is through the War Memorial Garden entrance from St Aldate’s. The gates are 1m wide, giving satisfactory wheelchair access to the Garden. This entry point can be reached from the disabled parking spaces in St Aldate’s, south of Tom Gate. There is then a paved level path through the War Memorial Garden, leading to two sets of steps, one with a stone ramp adjacent, approaching the Broad Walk. You will then need to use the vehicular route, where a 5 m.p.h speed limit applies. The entrance to the college is through Meadow Gate, up a flight of seven steps, not ramped.

 

Tom Gate (Accessible Entrance)

Level access for visitors is through Tom Gate. Wheelchair users will find this an easier entrance as there is a ramp leading to the level paved paths around Tom Quad. It is also adjacent to the Blue Badge parking spaces on St Aldates. 

Great Hall

The introduction of lift access has enabled us to assist wheelchair users and people who experience difficulties with walking up/down stairs to access the Hall. The lift is suitable for most types of unmotorized wheelchairs, and small motorized wheelchairs/scooters. 

 

Cathedral

Wheelchair users can enter the Cathedral through the door from Tom Quad, where there is a ramp to provide access. 

Toilets

An accessible toilet is located on the main site and also in the Visitor Centre. 

Parking

Blue badge holder designated parking is available outside Christ Church. On St Aldate’s there are three spaces, (30 metres level going to Tom Gate – cobbles directly outside the gate - and 100 metres level going to the War Memorial Garden visitors’ entrance). 
 
There are two designated spaces in Pembroke Square (20 metres across St Aldates from Tom Tower and 40 metres across St Aldates to the War Memorial Garden and the towards the Visitors’ entrance. 
 
There are four designated spaces in Oriel Square (20 metres level going to the Canterbury Gate entrance) but cobbles thereafter. 
 

Disability Equality Scheme

Christ Church is aware of its obligations to extend accessibility for people with disabilities. We have introduced a number of structural and procedural measures and others are being actively planned for early implementation. As part of this broad process, Christ Church has published a Disability Equality Scheme. To be as effective as possible this must continue to take account of the views of members, staff, visitors, worshippers and others - whether with or without disabilities.

Christ Church would be very pleased to receive comments and suggestions. These may be directed to the Steward of Christ Church. The e-mail address is steward@chch.ox.ac.uk ; telephone 01865-286580.