Christ Church College Tours

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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Address: St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP, England
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Hours: Opens daily at 10:30 a.m.; last entry at 4:15 p.m.
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Admission: £7 in winter; £9 insummer
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Oxford University Walking Tour

Walk the halls of one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities on a 2-hour walking tour of Oxford University. Get a glimpse of student life as you peek inside the famous Bodleian Library and see landmarks like the University Church of St Mary, the Bridge of Sighs and Trinity College. Learn about the prestigious university’s famous alumni, hear fascinating stories and anecdotes about its history, and see on-campus locations used in the Harry Potter films.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Experience one of the world’s greatest university cities on this hop-on hop-off Oxford bus tour. With a 24- or 48-hour pass, design a personalized itinerary with 20 possible stops including the University of Oxford buildings (some featured in the Harry Potter films), Oxford Castle and Boolean Library, one of the world’s oldest public libraries! Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-top viewing deck and fun onboard commentary as you savor this elegant city.
  • Duration: 24 to 48 hrs
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Christchurch Mornings Harry Potter Film Site Tour

Fans of fantasy books won’t want to miss this 1.5-hour tour of Christ Church College, the setting and inspiration behind novels such as Alice and Wonderland and Harry Potter. By booking your ticket in advance, you’ll avoid the long lines outside of the prestigious Oxford University building, home to the Bodleian Library and adjoining Divinity School. Visit recognizable filming sites and learn about Lewis Carroll’s time at England’s oldest university.
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London

Discover some of southern England’s most visited spots on this day trip from London. Delve into the history of the British Royal Family on an audio guided tour of Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s official residences. Unearth Neolithic secrets at Stonehenge, the UNESCO-listed stone circle that dates back thousands of years. Then explore Christchurch College, the Bodleian Library, and other renowned university buildings during a guided Oxford city tour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and Oxford Day Trip from London

Enter the magical world of Harry Potter, everyone’s favorite boy wizard, on this day trip to Oxford and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. Wander around original sets, see costumes and props worn by Dumbledore, Hagrid, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and others, and uncover the on-screen wizardry used to bring J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books to the silver screen. Then, travel to Oxford and visit the Bodleian Library, Christ Church College, and other famous University of Oxford buildings used in the movies. Luxury, round-trip coach transportation from London is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and Oxford

For fans of Harry Potter, the Warner Bros. Studio London should be at the top of your England itinerary. On this 10-hour tour from London, you’ll travel with ease to the Making of Harry Potter and discover the exact sets used in the magical film franchise. Stroll down Diagon Alley, sit on the Hogwart’s Express, and ride the Knight Bus before heading to Oxford for a 1-hour walking tour of the historic university city. This family-friendly tour is limited to 20 people in order to maintain an intimate atmosphere.
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Boxing Day Tour to Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, The Cotswolds and Oxford

Boxing Day is the day after Christmas when Brits visit loved ones, tuck into leftover turkey, and hit the stores in search of Boxing Day sale bargains. Steer clear of the shoppers and swap London’s city sights for the beauty of rural England on this full-day trip. Step back into the Middle Ages at Warwick Castle, enjoy a guided tour of the honey-hued city of Oxford, and see the birthplace of William Shakespeare and stop for lunch in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Cambridge and Oxford Tour from London

It’s nigh-on impossible to see both Cambridge and Oxford in one day by public transport. But there’s more than just transport to this great-value coach tour. Enjoy the services of a professional guide, complete with walking tours of both the UK’s great university cities, as well as free time for shopping or sightseeing.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Bodleian Library

Discover the Harry Potter movie locations of Oxford on this 2-hour walking tour. Visit the famous Bodleian Library to see the hall used as Hogwarts’ Infirmary in many movies, and view other locations in one or two of Oxford’s oldest colleges. As you walk, enjoy a fun Harry Potter quiz, and learn about Oxford University and other famous children’s books written in the city. Entrance fees to the Bodleian and select colleges are included.
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Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip

Keen to visit Oxford or Cambridge? Then explore both age-old university cities in in one day on this illuminating trip from London. With an expert guide, take a walking tour around the historical colleges of Oxford, famous as the ‘city of dreaming spires.’ Admire hushed courtyards and showpieces including the Bodleian Library, and hear about past scholars such as Bill Clinton. Continue to the university city of Cambridge on the Cam River and take a stroll around its finest college buildings, including the splendid King’s College and Bridge of Sighs.
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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Including Picnic

Explore one of England’s most ancient cities on this 2.5-hour sightseeing river cruise in Oxford. Cruise onto the tranquil Thames River as your skipper points out places of interest such as Christchurch College, the Meadows, the Oxford University boathouses, Osney Island, Port Meadow and Folly Bridge. See a side of Oxford's rich heritage that many visitors miss, and discover sites made famous by authors including Lewis Carroll and C S Lewis. Stop off along the way for a delicious picnic of delicacies such as potted salmon and Mediterranean vegetable loaf.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Oxford and Cambridge Tour from London

Follow in the footsteps of the greats on this full-day tour of England’s most famous university cities – Oxford and Cambridge. Admire the celebrated ‘Dreaming Spires’ of Oxford and visit the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College, where alumni include Lewis Carroll, Bill Clinton and David Cameron, and the Great Hall was used as a filming location for the Harry Potter movies. Next, journey to prestigious Cambridge, where past students include Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking and Sylvia Plath, and architectural highlights include the Cavendish Laboratory, King’s College Chapel and the Cambridge University Library.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace

Discover the quintessential charm of the English countryside on a full-day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds from Oxford. With a knowledgeable guide, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, to discover the rich historical heritage of the area. Stop at Anne Hathaway’s quaint cottage and then discover a selection of charming villages in the Cotswold’s region. Conclude your day with a comprehensive walking tour of Oxford and marvel at the architectural grandeur of the historical university city.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Along The University Regatta Course

Explore Oxford University’s famous regatta course on this 50-minute Thames River sightseeing cruise in Oxford. Hop aboard your sightseeing vessel in the heart of Oxford and cruise out onto the famous waterway. Listen as your guide sheds light on the city’s rich history, and discover local landmarks such as Folly Bridge, Christchurch College, the Oxford University boathouses and the Meadows. Share the waters with rowing eights, punts, university boats and cruisers, and watch the banks for sightings of native river wildlife.
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Oxford Windsor and Eton Tour from Brighton

Visit three of England’s most prestigious destinations on this full-day tour of Oxford, Windsor and Eton from Brighton. Pay a visit to royal Windsor, home to the magnificent Windsor Castle, then see the centuries-old Eton college, the famous boys school where alumni include Prime Ministers and members of the royal family. Finally, enjoy free time to explore Oxford and take in highlights like the Victorian covered market, the Ashmolean Museum and the world-famous Oxford University, including Christchurch College, where scenes from Harry Potter were shot.
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Oxford Walking Tour Including Christ Church College

Walk through the heart of Oxford and visit the university's Christ Church College with a guide. The short walking tour includes a stroll through Oxford’s historic streets and stops by landmarks such as the University Church and the Bridge of Sighs. If access is permitted to Christ Church College on the day of your tour, you’ll then step inside the famous site to learn about its rich history and links to the Harry Potter films.
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Oxford, Windsor and Eton

Pair a morning in Windsor and Eton with an afternoon in Oxford, and learn about the history-rich towns and cities from a guide. An ideal day trip if you want to go beyond the sights of Brighton but still be back in time for dinner, the excursion includes coach transport, a prime spot to view the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Windsor Castle, and guided tours of the city of Oxford and its eminent university.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Oxford Family-Friendly Activities Half-Day Tour

Visiting Oxford as a family but short on time? If so, this family-friendly tour captures the essence of the city, packing top sights and activities into a half-day. Join a Thames River cruise or cycle along the riverbanks, enjoy an ‘Alice in Wonderland’-themed picnic lunch or afternoon tea, take a walking tour oriented to children, and visit Christchurch College, a backdrop for many Harry Potter movies. Includes entrance fees and choice of departure times.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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Oxford Scenic Cycle Tour

Immerse yourself in the charming English countryside on a 2-hour cycling tour from Oxford. In a small group limited to 15, you’ll cycle along the Thames River and pass narrow boats, ducks and swans, and traditional country pubs. Stop to learn about the area’s rich history and take photos in Christchurch and Binsey, home to medieval thatched cottages and a Norman chapel.
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Walking and Biking Tour of Oxford

Discover Oxford’s highlights on foot and two wheels on this 3-hour walking and bicycle tour. Set out by foot to visit the Bodleian Library, Christ Church, and other colleges as you learn about their history and former luminaries. Then, ride a bike to see the Radcliffe Camera, Magdalen College, places linked to Oxford’s literary heritage, and other sights. Includes entrance fees and bike usage for the rest of the day post-tour.
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Oxford- City of Dreaming Spires Tour from Bournemouth

Save time compared to the coach and money compared to the train on this cost-effective day trip to Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires”. Travel directly to the heart of Oxford, then soak up the history on a walking tour of the city’s signature attractions. Enjoy time to explore museums, historic colleges, and parks before returning to Bournemouth.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-Day Tour of Windsor, Eton and Oxford from London

Go beyond the capital to visit Windsor, Eton, and Oxford in just one day. The convenient day trip from Hammersmith in London packs in visits to the three towns with ease, while making sure you have plenty of free time to spend in each one. You’ll visit the genteel towns of Windsor and Eton in the morning, then admire the university college buildings of Oxford in the afternoon, learning about them from a guide.
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Oxford Highlights including visiting inside a college

Explore the university city of Oxford on tour that showcases its highlights in just a couple of hours. The waking tour introduces you to many of Oxford's famous colleges and university buildings as you stroll around the city with a guide. Get recommendations for things to do and see in the city in your own time, and hear insider tips for Oxford's many restaurants. The experience includes a visit inside one college and either the Divinity School or the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Oxford Windsor and Eton Tour from Eastbourne

Embark on a tour to Oxford, Windsor and Eton. You will visit Windsor and Eton in the morning before traveling to Oxford at lunchtime where you will spend the afternoon. In the Oxford center you will find a wide range of shops in the Westgate and Clarendon shopping centers and the old Victorian covered market. Or you can alternatively visit some free museums or Oxford Castle.
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