Visiting Information

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A New Visitor Experience

Explore Christ Church from the comfort of your own home with our new Virtual Tours. Take in the highlights and enjoy a live guiding experience including Q&A opportunities with your guide. 

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Shop Online or in Person

Browse our range of products inspired by Christ Church. Order online now or shop in person from 12 April

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Longhorn Takeaway Cafe

From 1 May visit our new pop-up cafe in the Visitor Centre and pick up a hot or cold drink, homemade baguette or cake, or delicious ice cream before enjoying a stroll around the Meadow.

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Visit the College and Cathedral

Coronavirus - Latest Updates

The College’s first priority remains protecting the health and safety of all members of the Christ Church community, and at this stage of the pandemic that means reducing wherever possible the number of visitors on site during term time.

For this reason the main Christ Church site will remain closed to visitors at least until the end of the academic year. Details about when we will reopen to visitors will be published here as soon as possible.

However, during this closed period, we are excited to offer a brand-new range of visiting experiences, including Virtual Tours, our Longhorn Cafe, and the Meadow Trail.

 

Visit the Meadow

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

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The Meadow is open throughout the year (except 25 December), offering a peaceful and beautiful space for everyone to enjoy. Go for a walk or run, sit by the river and watch the boats pass by or join friends and family 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.

You can discover more about the Meadow with our brand-new 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 (open from 12 April) for a small fee.

 

We ask that you observe the following when visiting Christ Church Meadow:

An icon of a clockThe Meadow is open for free all year round (closed Christmas Day). Check notices on the gates for daily opening times.

An icon of a dogDogs are welcome but must be kept under close control by their owner.

An icon of litter with a no symbol over itWe ask that you leave behind only your footprints. Bins are provided for refuse and recycling.

An icon of a bike, with a no symbol crossing it outPublic bike racks are available nearby. Please leave bikes and scooters outside the Meadow.

An icon of a person dancing, crossed outNo barbeques or music are allowed. Instead, bring a picnic, or visit our takeaway cafe!

An icon of sports balls, crossed outThe Meadow is open for quiet enjoyment. No ball games, kites, or frisbees are permitted.

An icon of fishing, crossed outFishing and the catching of birds is prohibited.

An icon of a treePlease observe the Countryside Code, and respect the flora and fauna of the Meadow.

An icon of a small boatWhile boats are welcome on the river, do not fasten crafts to the iron palisading or river-wall.

Icon of a droneDo not fly drones or model airplanes over the Meadow or Christ Church.

An icon of a CCTV cameraAll persons entering the Meadow do so entirely at their own risk and to the extent allowed by law. Christ Church accepts no liability for any injury, damage or loss sustained by such persons.  Images are being recorded by CCTV for the purposes of crime prevention and public safety. Please contact Oxford 276151 for further information about the scheme, which is controlled by Christ Church. The Meadow Keepers may at any time stop the continuation of any recreations conducted on the Meadow..

Visit Virtually

Guided Virtual Tours of Christ Church

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Our new Virtual Tours allow you to experience all the most well-known parts of Christ Church, in addition to private areas of the college and cathedral not normally open to the public.

You’ll be guided by our experts in a bespoke live tour, with additional pre-recorded interviews featuring students, staff, and clergy. From the history of the college to modern-day university life and the inner workings of the cathedral, our virtual tours cover every aspect of what makes Christ Church so unique.

What’s Included

  • One-hour tour of Christ Church, delivered via Microsoft Teams.
  • An exciting and innovative digital presentation
  • Live narration from our team of experts
  • Live Q&A opportunities
  • Live technical support

To find out more and to book, visit our event page.

Practical Information

Safety and Security

Icon of footprintsTake care - steps and paving may be uneven, and slippery when wet.

Icon of no entry signPrivate areas are clearly marked. Please do not attempt to enter them.

Icon of a groupPlease refrain from obstructing paths and passages.

Icon of crossed-out litterTake your litter home with you. Picnics are not permitted inside Christ Church.

Icon of a seatSeats are available in the Cloister, Cathedral and Ante-Hall. Do not sit on steps or pathways.

Icon of a guide dogDogs (except assistance dogs) are not permitted inside Christ Church.

Icon of a shopping bagKeep personal belongings (including small bags and pushchairs) with you at all times.

Icon of a suitcaseChrist 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.

An icon showing an exclamation mark on a triangle backgroundPlease be aware of the advice issued by the Police about your safety in the rare event of an armed incident.

 

CCTV

An icon of a CCTV cameraCCTV 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

An icon of a cameraPhotography 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: sally.gillard@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

An icon of a mapChrist 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.