Practicalities

Facilities

Most school visits start at Tom Gate, on St Aldate’s, with a brief introduction in the Frideswide and Priory Rooms, followed by an interactive tour around the Cathedral. 

Visits normally start at 10 am and last approximately two to three hours. After a brief tour of the Quad and sometimes the Hall, pupils may divide into smaller groups. One half may start with a brief introduction in the Frideswide Room, or a guided tour around the Cathedral. Our Education guides all have DBS checks and enjoy sharing the Cathedral with young people.

All our visits include the lighting of a candle and a short period of reflection. If schools wish to incorporate a prayer or short collective act of worship, please indicate this on the booking form.

As Christ Church is both a working cathedral, and a college of the University of Oxford, we cannot guarantee that all areas will be open to visitors (for example, the cathedral may close for special services, and the Hall may close for private meals).  We ask that all groups respect the students' right to peace and privacy. Please explain that they need to move around quietly and avoid areas marked 'private'.  

The Frideswide (Priory) Room has room for one class at a time to have a packed lunch. If you would like to use the room for lunch, please let us know.  For sixth form students, it may be possible to book a group in to eat lunch in the Great Hall, at the cost of £5 per student (prices subject to change). 

The Frideswide Room will be booked for the sole use of the school, but toilet facilities are shared with other visitors to Christ Church. 

Christ Church has been made as accessible as possible for disabled people, but it is a Grade I listed building, and some areas are still a challenge for people with mobility problems. If one of your pupils has special needs or a disability, please could you let us know in advance so that we can plan special entrance and tour routes accordingly.

Each visit is discussed in advance with the teacher(s) and is bespoke to meet the school’s chosen option and their learning objectives and preferred timings. We provide visiting teachers with a Risk Assessment and offer them a free pre-visit.

Getting here

There is no parking at Christ Church. Coaches can use local coach parks. Minibuses may use the nearest (Oxpens) car park, unless they have a Blue Badge, in which case, parking may be provided. NB Advance notice and vehicle details are required. Most schools arrive by coach, but some come by public bus or train. We are a 10-minute walk from Oxford station.

Dropping off points

Most drivers drop the pupils in St Aldate’s. Occasionally, they insist on dropping them outside the Magistrates’ Court, a five–minute walk from Tom Tower Gate entrance.

Fees

  • The Cathedral Education department only serves pupils in full-time UK education settings.
  • Our standard charge for all Infant, Primary and Special schools, for a morning or afternoon session, is £3.00 per pupil, excluding VAT
  • Our standard charge for Secondary schools and Sixth forms, for a morning or afternoon session, is £4.00 per pupil, excluding VAT
  • Accompanying adults are free
  • Our minimum charge for groups with fewer than 15 pupils is:
    • Primary:  £50 plus VAT.
    • Secondary:  £50 plus VAT.
  • Where relevant, pre-visit and follow-up materials are provided free as well.

Family Learning

Christ Church welcomes families and provides a Head Hunt Trail to help younger visitors to explore the Cathedral. During Half Term holidays, we provide additional trails and can also offer them Explorer Backpacks.

Half term Explorer backpacks

Families are welcome to borrow our Backpacks for their Cathedral vist. These backpacks contain four items which children may use to enhance their visit: a Magnifying lens; a pair of Binoculars; Colour Paddles; and a Compass. These need to be returned before leaving the Cathedral.

Half term History days

In collaboration with the Museum of Oxford, we have introduced Family days, which focus on a specific period of History, such as Anglo-Saxon, Medieval or Tudor times. As well as a tour of the Cathedral, children may be given the chance to explore artefacts, costumes and enjoy craft activities. Cost £5 per child, with one free adult.