Things to See and Do

Coronavirus - Important Information

The College’s first priority remains protecting the health and safety of all members of the Christ Church community and at this stage of the pandemic that means reducing wherever possible the number of visitors to our various sites during term time.

It is for this reason that Christ Church will be closed to visitors from Monday 21 September 2020 until further notice. Details about when we will reopen to visitors will be published on this page as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Our Shop in Christ Church Meadow will remain open.


Our current visitor offer has changed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The information below gives you an impression of what you will be able to see during your guided visit. There may be restrictions or partial closures in place.

To ensure that all our visitors enjoy their experience of Christ Church and remain safe, we are limiting numbers and asking everyone to book onto a guided visit with a member of our Visitor Services team. Multimedia guides will also be available for you to use during your visit and will offer an additional and unparalleled insight into the college and cathedral.


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Take a Tour

Join us for a Custodian-led guided visit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings and unparalleled views of Christ Church this summer. 

Click here for more information and to book your ticket.

Our brand-new multimedia guide tour is included in the ticket price and offers a detailed introduction to Christ Church past and present.

The commentary is available in a nine languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Italian
  • French
  • Czech
  • Mandarin
  • Japanese
  • Korean

A British Sign Language version of the tour is available on the multimedia guide.

The family tour (English only) features interactive activities and games as well as the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.


Relax and Shop

Our Shop is located in the thatched barn in the Meadow, opposite the entrance to Christ Church (Meadow Gate). Inside you will find a beautiful selection of gifts, books and souvenirs.

Explore the Meadow

Christ Church is situated in Christ Church Meadow, a rare open space at the heart of Oxford, open to the public all year round. Bring a picnic, watch students rowing on the river, and see the Longhorn cows which graze an area of the Meadow in the summer months.

Cathedral of Oxford

On a tour of the Cathedral, you will learn more about the fascinating history of this extraordinary building from its origins as an Anglo-Saxon Church in the time of St Frideswide, its life as an Augustinian monastery in the Middle Ages, to its current status as College Chapel and Cathedral of the Diocese of Oxford.

The Cathedral is currently closed Monday-Friday for essential works. However, the Cathedral will be included in the Guided Visit at weekends whenever possible. Please check carefully when booking.

We have recently begun a cautious return to public worship after the three-month suspension due to the pandemic. We are now able to welcome worshippers to limited services. Please see below for details. We will also continue to offer services online at For more information, see    



Discover Famous Filming Locations

Many films and TV programmes have been filmed at Christ Church, from Harry Potter to Inspector Morse. How many locations do you recognise?

The Great Hall

One of the largest halls in Oxford, it was the room's architectural splendour that inspired the look of Hogwart's Hall in the Harry Potter films. As you walk around the tables where our students still dine to this day, you can see portraits of some of Christ Church’s most famous alumni and – in winter – feel the warmth from the fireplaces.