Christ Church Meadow is a tranquil open space at the heart of the city.

The Meadow is open during daylight hours throughout the year (except 25 December), offering a peaceful and beautiful space for everyone to enjoy. Entry is free of charge. 

Go for a walk or run, sit by the river and watch the boats pass by or join friends for a picnic. Follow the historic pathways and take in the views of the river, the buildings of Christ Church and Oxford's famous skyline.

Meadow Trail

You can discover more about the Meadow with our Meadow Trail. 

Find out about the plants, flowers, and animals that make this area so special, and gain an insight into the history of Christ Church.

The trail is available online for free, or you can collect a printed booklet from our shop for a small fee.

Meadow Trail
Longhorn cattle grazing in the meadow
Longhorn Cattle

The history of our herd

Our two flood plain fields are home to Christ Church's herd of pedigree Old English Longhorn cattle. The fields are managed with ecology very much in mind, with low intensity grazing and no use of chemicals or fertilisers.

Christ Church Meadow on a winter's day
Seasonal guided tours

Guided tours

For an in-depth exploration of the Meadow, join our Head Gardener for a seasonal guided tour.

Learn about its conservation, planting schemes and enjoy an afternoon of peace and quiet away from the bustling city.

Tours are listed on the Events page as they become available.

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Meadow restoration

An award-winning environmental sustainability project

The Christ Church Floodplain Meadow Restoration project has revived floral biodiversity in the area, with sightings of species integral to the resilience of meadows.