Groups

Important Information for Group Visits in July and August 2019

July and August are our peak visiting months and we are often fully booked with groups. During these months we are only able to accomodate groups that have booked in advance and received written confirmation from Christ Church of their entry time. We are unable to accept groups without a booking and it is not permitted for groups to queue in the individuals queue or book tickets online.

July

We are now FULLY BOOKED for all dates in July and waiting lists are in operation.

August

We are FULLY BOOKED on many days in August

Waiting lists are in operation for fully booked dates. 

 

Entry Arrangements

Parties of 15 or more persons arriving together constitute a group. Tour/group leaders must be included in the group booking. Groups of 15 or more people must pay together in a single transaction.

Large groups will be split into smaller groups of 25 or less. There will be a break in between each group being admitted. At the time of booking, or upon arrival if you have not booked, you will be advised how best to split your group so that they may be admitted in an organised and timely manner.

Groups consisting of children and students 17 years of age or under must be accompanied by a responsible adults at all times.

Minimum adult to child/student ratio:

11-17 years - 1:15-20

6-10 years - 1:10

4- 5 years - 1:5

The group leader is responsible for the behaviour and conduct of their group. They must ensure their party is fully aware of our guidelines before they arrive at Christ Church and that these are adhered to during their visit.

Blue and Green Badge Guides are admitted free of charge. Badge must be shown upon arrival.

One coach driver may be admitted free of charge per group. ID to be shown.

Please note that family rates do not apply to group business

Booking Process

Booking is recommended at all times for groups of 15 or more and is essential in July and August. Booked groups will be advised as soon as possible of any closures, such as the Hall or Cathedral, which may affect their visit. Groups that have not booked are advised to visit the Christ Church website during the week of their visit to check our opening hours. Bookings may be made by emailing tourism@chch.ox.ac.uk. We aim to reply to all requests within 24 hours. Please see above for dates we are already fully booked over the summer.

The amount of time spent on a visit is a personal choice, but for the purposes of planning a visit we can advise that on average most visitors spend 40 minutes – 1 hour at Christ Church.

Your Visit

Please arrive at Meadow Gate in good time for your self-guided visit. During busy periods late arrivals will be rescheduled to suit visitor flow.

During quiet periods, group leaders should go to the Meadow Kiosk upon arrival. At busy times there will be a separate queue at the Meadow Gate for booked groups. Upon arrival the group leader should report to the Custodian supervising group entry. Final numbers will be agreed and payment in one lump sum will be taken. Payment may be made by cash, credit or debit card (except American Express). While the tour leader is making payment and finalising the entry arrangements group members should wait together outside Meadow Gate. Group leaders will be issued with leaflets for each member of their group.

Guiding

Guiding is possible at most times. The approved locations for guiding are as follows: Meadow Quad (to left of the entrance to Cloisters), Cloister Garden (south side), at the bottom of the Hall Stairs by the No Peel door, the Ante-Hall, Fell Arch and in the Cathedral. Our bowler-hatted Custodians will be able to advise on the best place to stop and speak to your group. Please note that portable voice amplifiers are not permitted to be used when guiding. 

Tickets and Prices

July - December 2019

Ticket  Standard Rate
(Hall and Cathedral Open)
Cathedral Open,
Hall Viewing from the Door
Cathedral or Hall Closed Cathedral Closed,
Hall Viewing from the Door
Cathedral and Hall Closed
Adult £9.30 £8.40 £7.95 £6.55 £5.60
Concessions* £8.40 £7.45 £7 £5.70 £4.65
Child (under 5)* Free Free Free Free Free

* Concessions = Child (5-17 yrs), Student with valid Student Card, Senior (60+). Groups consisting of children and students 17 years of age or under must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.