Christ Church Oxford

Largest College of Oxford University

Christ Church Oxford

Largest of University of Oxford's colleges: Christ Church Oxford

Christ Church official website

Christ Church is the largest college of the University of Oxford in England. It owes much of its size and importance to Henry VIII who in 1532 found it as King Henry VIII's College. For a king it had to be bigger and grander than the other colleges.

Christ Church Oxford history

Henry VIII as part of the reorganisation of the Church of England in the 16th century made Christ Church the cathedral of the then recently created diocese of Oxford. Today Christ Church is still the largest of Oxford's colleges.

Christ Church is popular today as a visitor attraction partly because of its links with Harry Potter and Lewis Carroll. Many of the scenes in the Harry Potter feature films are shot in various locations of the College. As you walk around the cloisters and quadrangles scenes from the films will come alive. The Great Hall was replicated in the film studios to create Hogwarts Hall.


In 1851, Charles Dodgson came to Christ Church to study mathematics. He spent the rest of his life at Oxford as a student and teacher. He was given the writing name - "Lewis Carroll," by the editor of student paper.


It was at Christ Church that Dodgson first met the children of the then Dean (head of the College), one of which was called Alice. Dodgson told the children stories using Christ Church as reference in the adventures in Wonderland!


Christ Church, Oxford and garden where Lewis Carroll once wrote

Garden: where Lewis Carroll once wrote at Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church, Oxford prices and opening times

Christ Church can be visited although it is very much a working college. Indeed it is one of the most accessible colleges at Oxford.


The Hall can sometimes be closed between 12 midday and 2pm and the Cathedral closes for choir practice every day at 4.45pm and at anytime University business may prohibit access. There are different admission charges if any part is closed.


So, it's a good idea to check out in advance of your visit. The link to the official website is at top of this page.


Getting to Christ Church, Oxford

Christ Church is right in the heart of the city of Oxford, adjacent to the main shopping area and is well signed throughout the centre of the city and is close to all the other historical colleges. Behind the College is extensive parkland a great place to relax on a nice day.


Oxford University and City Walking Tours

Walking tours of the city centre, conducted by the Guild of Guides, depart from the Oxford Information Centre and last between 1.5 and 2 hours.

As well as introductory guided walking tours, specially themed tours are also available - walk in Harry Potter's footsteps or take in Oxford's architecture for example.

Oxford Walking Tour

The University and City tour is most popular introductory tour taken by the majority of visitors. The guide will take you through the heart of the historic city centre, illustrating the story of Oxford and it university. Describing the architecture and traditions of its most famous buildings and institutions.


The guide will provide a full briefing on the start of the College's and University life today. The University and City Tour normally visits inside at least one college and also covers the other main sights around the city centre.

The University and City Tour runs daily with frequencies reflecting the time of year. There is normally at least two tours daily with up to eight tours at peak times. The tourist office is easily found in Broad Street and is well signposted all over Oxford city centre.

Visiting Stonehenge and/or Bath and/or Windsor

Stonehenge Morning Or Afternoon Half Day Tour- £46

Stonehenge & London Day Tour (Apr-Oct only) - £52

Windsor Castle Windsor Morning & Afternoon Tours - from £46

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (inc Lunch, no adm Roman Baths) - £109

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (no Lunch, inc adm Roman Baths) - £89

Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury - £93

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (Small Group - Max 16 people) - £145

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge admission only) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £64

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge & Baths adm) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £75

Stonehenge & Windsor - £84

Stonehenge & Avebury - £64

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £99

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £105

Visiting Cotswolds and/or Oxford and/or Stratford and/or Warwick

Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle - £99

Stratford & Cotswolds (inc Anne Hathaway’s) - £84

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch - £92

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Small Group) - £145

Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & Cotswolds Tour - £82

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £105

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £99

Downton Abbey & Blenheim Palace (Small Group) - £145

Visiting Canterbury, Leeds Castle & Dover

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury with river cruise - £99

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Small Group Apr - Oct) - £145

Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Canterbury - £72

Special Theme Tours

Stonehenge Special Access (Walk Among Stones) Tours

Downton Abbey + Highclere Castle Tours

Harry Potter Tours

Small Group Tours (Maximum 16 people)

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath - £145

Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury - £145

Lacock, Bath & Stonehenge - £145

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Apr to Oct) - £145

Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford -£145

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Apr to Oct) - £145

1, 2 & 3 Day Breaks to Paris, Scotland & Amsterdam

Day Trip to Paris - from £165

3 Day Paris - from £249

Day Trip to Edinburgh - from £184

2 Day Edinburgh - from £275

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekend - from £289

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekday - from £479

3 Day Amsterdam - from £239

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