Virtual Tours

View of Christ Church from above, with the Cathedral spire and Great Hall visible

Highlights Virtual Tour: College & Cathedral

An introduction to Oxford, the University, our College and Cathedral. Virtually explore all the places normally included in our onsite visits and more!

 

Christ Church Upper  library

Behind the Scenes Virtual Tour: College

Go behind the scenes to the Kitchen, Buttery and Library, discover what it is like to live and study at Christ Church and learn about an institution which is continuing to evolve and inspire. 

 

View of the Chancel ceiling in the cathedral

Travel Through Time Virtual Tour: Cathedral

Explore the Cathedral, from its Saxon origins to the present day, through its architecture, stained glass, people, and music.

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Are the tours available in different languages?

Our virtual tours are in English. We can arrange for subtitles to be available in a range of different languages. If you would like to request subtitles in a particular language after booking your tour please email tourism@chch.ox.ac.uk 

Do I need download Microsoft Teams in order to participate?

If you are using a pc or laptop you can watch the tour live via the web and do not need to downloaded Microsoft Teams. However, if you are using a tablet or smart phone you will need to download the Teams app in advance of the tour. If you have any technical queries please contact us in advance of the tour and we will be happy to assist you.

Is the tour open to children?

Yes. The tour is open to all. While the tour is not specifically designed for children, it would be most enjoyable for ages 12+. An adult, senior or student ticket must be purchased when buying a children's tickets.

Can I record the tour?

No. Recording, copying, or otherwise saving the tour is forbidden.

Do I need to have my camera or microphone on?

No. Only the guides will have their cameras and microphones on. You will be able to interact with your guides by typing questions in a Q&A box on Teams.

Accessibility

We are confident that our virtual visits can be enjoyed by everyone. As much of our historic site is not always accessible, due to the unique challenges of its sixteenth century design, we hope that this virtual tour will allow everyone to experience the whole Christ Church site in a fully supported and accessible way.

We will have a colleague on hand at all times to help with any technical difficulties that may arise, especially if you are new to Microsoft Teams.

Teams has the built-in ability to provide automated captions (subtitles) during the tour – let us know in advance if this would be helpful to you, and we can ensure that they are switched on.

Teams works well with screenreader technology, so accessing our tour should be straightforward. Unfortunately, the video content we will be sharing as part of the tour is not currently available for use with a screenreader. However, the video content is predominantly image-based, using high-contrast and high-resolution photos and videos, and much of the guides’ narration is explanatory and illustrative; all live scenarios will be described as far as possible.

If you would like the guide to speak more slowly you can ask them to do so via the Q&A box during the tour. You are also welcome to step away from the tour once it has started for as long as you need, without having to let us know.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your accessibility needs further: tourism@chch.ox.ac.uk. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.