Practical Information

Timing your visit

Christ Church becomes very busy in July and August and also at weekends thoughout the year. Please allow sufficient extra time during these periods, where queues will form at our Visitor Centre and into the Hall and Cathedral. Book your ticket online to beat the queue. Please note that it may be necessary for us to stop people joining the queue at 15.30/45 to ensure that the last people enter at 16.15

Visitor Centre

From 1 October we will be operating from our Visitor Centre in the Meadow. The Visitor Centre opening times are:

Monday to Saturday: 09.30 - 16.30

Sunday: 10.30 - 16.30

The Visitor Centre opening times are separate to the opening times for visiting Christ Church. Please visit our opening times page for details of when the Hall, Cathedral and Quads will be open.

Our tills and shop are located in the Visitor Centre. All visitors will need to report to the Visitor Centre when they arrive.

Safety and Security

  • A one-way system is in operation. Our Visitor entrance is Meadow Gate and the exit is at Canterbury Gate. Please follow the visitor route.
  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted.
  • Please take care. Steps and paving may be uneven. Surfaces may be slippery, especially when wet.
  • Private areas are clearly marked and should not be entered. Please do not enter any staircases or college rooms.
  • Please do not gather so as to obstruct paths or passages, particularly in the Hall.
  • Please do not sit on the steps or paving stones. There are seats in the Cloister, Cathedral and Ante-Hall.
  • Please avoid leaving litter.
  • Picnicking within the college is not permitted.
  • Dogs (except assistance dogs) and other animals are not permitted inside Christ Church.
  • Please keep personal belongings, including buggies and pushchairs, with you at all times.

Please be aware of the advice issued by the Police about your safety in the rare event of an armed incident.


Closed circuit television surveillance is in operation. Images are being recorded for the purposes of crime prevention and public safety. Please contact 01865 276151 for further information about the scheme which is controlled by Christ Church.

Luggage and large bags

Christ Church does not have any left luggage facilities. Facilities are available at Oxford’s Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street. Luggage and bags larger than a standard backpack may not be brought on site. Random bag checks are in operation.

Photography and Filming

Photography is permitted, without tripods, provided this is for personal, non-commercial use. All requests for commercial photography and filming should be submitted to the Treasury (email:; tel: 01865 276179) seven working days in advance.

Wedding photography is not permitted without written permission from the Treasury. Visitors dressed in wedding attire will not be allowed access to Christ Church. Professional portrait and engagement photography is also not permitted at Christ Church. Christ Church reserves the right to ask visitors taking part in wedding, engagement, portrait or commercial photography to leave the premises.