Reopening Information

Safety First

Our priority remains protecting the safety of our visitors and everyone at Christ Church. A number of new measures have been put in place to keep us all safe.

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A New Visitor Experience

We are committed to providing our visitors with an exceptional experience. We have updated our approach to ensure you are able to stay safe while enjoying everything we have to offer.

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Online Bookings Only

In order to maintain social distancing, we are carefully managing the number of visitors entering Christ Church. All visitors must book a ticket online. Tickets will be released on a weekly basis. 

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How to book your visit

To make your visit to Christ Church as safe, comfortable and enjoyable as possible we have introduced a new booking process and visitor experience.    

To visit you will need to book a timed ticket via our online booking system.

Tickets will be released each Friday for the following week.

The maximum capacity for each timeslot is 5 people.

Tickets are colour coded to show what is open at the time of the visit. When you click on the date you wish to visit you will be shown which ticket type is available - silver, blue or red.

Visit our ‘Tickets’ page for prices and details on what is included in each type of ticket.

Christ Church is supporting the NHS Test and Trace operation to help contain clusters or outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus. When you purchase your ticket online you will be asked to provide your name and contact details as per our normal purchasing process. Your name, contact telephone number, arrival and departure time may also be shared by us with the NHS Test and Trace operation, if requested, up to 21 days after your visit. We collect and share your details for this purpose on the basis of legitimate interests. If you do not wish us to share your data with NHS Test and Trace, you have the opportunity to tick an ‘opt out’ box during the ticket-purchasing process online.

If you need assistance in buying your ticket please email tourism@chch.ox.ac.uk

 

What to expect from your visit

Christ Church is a College, a Cathedral and home to many members of Christ Church. 

To maintain a safe environment for everyone and enhance your experience all visitors must book in advance onto a Custodian-led guided visit.

Arrival

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the time on your ticket.

Upon arrival at Meadow Gate you will be met by a Custodian who will scan your e-ticket and welcome you to Christ Church.

If you ordered a guide book when you booked your tickets you will receive this after your ticket has been redeemed.

A hand sanitising station is available at the entrance.

Staff have been provided with PPE and will be wearing this during the guided visit.

You will be given the option to collect a multimedia guide to use during your guided visit. The multimedia guide will have been cleaned before collection but wipes will also be available if you wish to clean the devlce yourself before use. Headphone are available and will have also followed the same cleaning process. However, we recommend bringing your own wired headphones (standard jack) to use with the multimedia guide.

After a welcome briefing, including important health and safety information, you will set off on your guided visit.

During your visit

The Custodian accompanying you on your guided visit will take you to the approved locations for visiting. If the Cathedral is open when you visit one of our experienced Cathedral Guides will accompany you during your time there.

You will be given a short introduction in each area, after which you will have an opportunity to ask questions, take photographs, listen to your multimedia guide (if you have decided to use one) and enjoy uninteruppted views of Christ Church.

Most of the areas you will visit are outside. 

If the Hall or Cathedral are open at the time of your visit you will need to wear a face covering inside these spaces. Hand sanitising stations are provided at the entrances to both.

For the safety of everyone please follow any guidance given to you by the Custodian. 

The guided visit will last one hour.

At the end of your visit

The final stop on the visit is our Visitor Centre where you will be able to return your multimedia guide if you used one, use our toilet facilities and enjoy browsing our shop.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety measures

Christ Church is a working college and cathedral and home to many members of the Christ Church community. This presents a unique set of challenges when welcoming visitors to the site and we want to do this in the safest way possible while providing you with an enjoyable experience. The following measures have been introduced:

Social distancing

To reduce queues and ensure social distancing can be maintained throughout the visit all tickets are timed and capacities have been reduced. Please keep 2m apart from others.

A new visitor experience

The wellbeing of staff, visitors and the Christ Church community is our priority and therefore all visitors must be accompanied by a Custodian when on site. Entry is therefore only permitted by booking onto a Custodian-led guided visit.

We are reopening in a careful and phased way. We will be trialling a small number of our new guided visits and increasing the number of timeslots when this can be done safely.  

The right information at the right time

During your visit the Custodian accompanying you will provide helpful reminders of government guidance and safety measures relevant to each location you are visiting. 

Hygiene and cleaning

Hand sanitising stations are available at the main visitor entrance, Shop and key locations on the visitor route.

An enhanced cleaning programme is in place.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required to enter the Hall, Cathedral and Shop.

Staff have been provided with PPE and will be wearing this throughout the guided visit.

 

Christ Church is supporting the NHS Test and Trace operation to help contain clusters or outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus.

Practical information

Safety and Security

  • Take care - steps and paving may be uneven, and slppery when wet.
  • Private areas are clearly marked. Please do not attempt to enter them.
  • Please refrain from obstructing paths and passages.
  • Take your litter home with you. Picnics are not permitted inside Christ Church.
  • Seats are available in the Cloister, Cathedral and Ante-Hall. Do not sit on steps or pathways.
  • Dogs (exceopt assistance dogs) are not permitted in Christ Church.
  • Keep personal belongings (including small bags and pushchairs) with you at all times.
  • Christ Church does not have any left luggage facilities. Bags larger than a standard backpack may not be brought onsite. Random bag checks are in operation.
  • Please be aware of the advice issued by the Police about your safety in the rare event of an armed incident.

CCTV

  • CCTV 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.

Photography and Filming

  • 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: terence.sanderson@chch.ox.ac.uk; 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.

Getting here

Christ Church is located on St Aldates, an easy walk of no more than a few minutes from Oxford city centre.

You can find useful directions and guidance on traveling to Christ Church on our 'Find Us' page.