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  • Address: St Aldate's
  • Hours: Opens daily at 10:30 a.m.; last entry at 4:15 p.m.
  • Admission: £7 in winter; £9 insummer

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Christ Church College

The largest and arguably most renowned of Oxford’s many colleges, the hallowed halls and exquisite cathedral of Christ Church College have a long and illustrious history. Founded by Cardinal Thomas Woolsey in 1524, the grandiose complex includes architectural highlights like Sir Christopher Wren’s Great Tom bell tower and the Great Hall, where King Charles I held court during the English Civil War. Despite being just one of 38 colleges, for many visitors to Oxford, Christ Church is synonymous with Oxford University. Today, the legendary buildings see almost as many tourists as they do students.

Christ Church’s esteemed alumni include philosopher John Locke, Albert Einstein, architects John Ruskin and Sir Christopher Wren and former Prime Minister William Gladstone. But its academic resume isn’t the only string to its bow. The prestigious college has also made its mark in popular culture, starring as the now-iconic Great Hall of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies and housing the world’s largest collection of work by alumnus Lewis Carroll. Incidentally, Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was written for Alice Liddell, daughter of the then-Dean of Christ Church.

Practical Info

Christ Church College is located just south of Oxford city center, and the college grounds, main hall and cathedral are all open to the public, with first admission at 10:30 a.m. and last admission at 4:15 p.m. (The hall and cathedral are typically closed over lunchtime). Adult admission costs £7 during the winter months and £9 in the summer months. Discounted entry is offered if the hall or cathedral is closed at the time of visiting.

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Oxford City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Explore the beautiful university town of Oxford with this 24 hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker bus. See all the main sights of Oxford as you hop-on ...  Read more

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $23.21

Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour

Tour Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon in one day, on a leisurely paced excursion with an expert local guide. After exploring the university city ...  Read more

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.30

2-Day Best of Southern England from Oxford: Stonehenge, Windsor and Bath Including 'Downton Abbey' Filming Sites

Visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford and the Cotswolds, plus 'Downton Abbey' TV filming locations on an action-packed 2-day tour from Oxford. With a ...  Read more

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $396.26

Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 686 Reviews

A region officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can’t possibly be a bad place to spend a day. On this 10-hour day trip from London, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $147.56

Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Begin the day traveling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the "City of Dreaming Spires", whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.27

2-Day Best of Southern England from London: Oxford, Stonehenge, Windsor and Bath Including 'Downton Abbey' Filming Sites

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford and the Cotswolds plus 'Downton Abbey' TV filming locations on an action-packed 2-day tour from London! With a ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $396.26

Small-Group Day Trip to Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Go on a wonderful and rewarding day trip from London to three of England’s most popular destinations: Oxford, the charming villages of the Cotswolds and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.30

Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Spend Christmas Day in the English countryside! Take this special Christmas tour from London and see the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds, Oxford and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $174.09

5-Day Best of England Small-Group Tour: Oxford, the Cotswolds and Bath

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

See the highlights of the ‘heart of England’ on a 5-day tour from London! Traveling with an expert guide, visit famous landmarks that are dotted about ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,616.53

Private Tour: Cotswolds, Oxford and Blenheim Palace Day Trip from London

Discover Oxford, the Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace on a day trip from London with both a private driver and guide! While enjoying personalized commentary ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $203.10

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