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Christ Church College

Christ Church College

St Aldate's, Oxford, England, OX1 1DP

The Basics

Oxford is composed of 38 different colleges, with Christ Church College one of the most prominent—both in terms of its grounds and its reputation. It was founded by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525, and alumni include Albert Einstein, Christopher Wren, John Locke, and Lewis Carroll. The college has its own 12-century cathedral, an art museum with works from Tintoretto and da Vinci to Dürer, and a Great Hall, which theHarry Potter films used as inspiration.

Christ Church College is included on numerous walking tours of Oxford, while select itineraries offer the chance to explore inside, spotHarry Potter filming locations, and skip the long entry lines.

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Christ Church Harry Potter PUBLIC 10am tour from July 2022 only
Christ Church Harry Potter PUBLIC 10am tour from July 2022 only
$100.95 per adult
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Christchurch Harry Potter
Michel was informative and helpful. Everything we could ask. He was knowledgeable about the subject and explained clearly. Very much enjoyed.
Robin_K, Oct 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Oxford

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Magical experience!
Sarah_P, Nov 2021
Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church
Peter was a great guide and was so knowledgeable about all things Oxford and Harry Potter. I will definitely be recommending this tour to family and friends who are visiting Oxford.
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Peter and Oxford walking tour
nicole_s, Jul 2018
Christ Church Harry Potter PUBLIC 10am tour from July 2022 only
This was the best tour we’ve ever been on! Peter was amazing! You will not regret booking this tour- so many fun facts! If we would of been thinking straight we would of just followed Peter to his next tour destination. It really was such a lovely tour I can’t say enough about how great it was!
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Fantastic
mandyblacker, Feb 2020
Christ Church Harry Potter PUBLIC 10am tour from July 2022 only
We were a family of four with two older teenagers. When we booked this tour, I wasn't sure how interested they would be in this kind of thing . Peter made the tour fun and very informative. There were lots of "bonus facts" and quizes. We were fascinated how the authors linked in with each other. The Harry Potter gown, hat and wand were a big hit ( with one daughter!) who kept it on all the tour. This really made the photos special. Both the girls and adults thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon . When we booked, we thought it was quite expensive, but actually, the tour was well worth it. We were not rushed, and the whole tour ended up taking 3 hours. Peter was happy to answer questions and was very knowledgeable about both Oxford , Harry Potter and famous Oxford authors. We are now planning a return visit and intend to do another tour.
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More than Skip the Queue
Suzette_T, Jul 2019
Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church
We originally booked this tour to skip the queue at Christchurch. However, the tour provided much more than this single benefit. Our excellent guide, Andrew, led us on a walk around the city, highlighting (as promised) many literary topics associated with Oxford - like Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and C. S. Lewis. We also saw the architecture of Oxford through a local lens. Andrew had an ideal mix of knowledge, humor and willingness to help us get the best possible experience. Best of all - he offered to take multiple photos for us at scenic spots along the way. We highly recommend this tour to others.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wheelchair users may use Tom Gate to enter the college, though not all areas and buildings are wheelchair-accessible.

  • Tickets booked online include fast-track entry, while lines for in-person tickets may be long.

  • Any bags or luggage larger than a standard backpack are not permitted on site.

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How to Get There

Christ Church is a quick walk from central Oxford and is served by several local bus lines, including the 4B and 5 as well as the hop-on hop-off bus. If you prefer to come by car, it’s recommended to take a taxi, as there is limited parking. Christ Church has three main entryways: Tom Gate (available for wheelchair users and special events), Meadow Gate (the primary visitor entrance), and Canterbury Gate (used to access the Picture Gallery).

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When to Get There

Christ Church College is open daily from Monday to Saturday with afternoon hours on Sunday. Opening hours of individual college attractions vary (the cathedral, for instance, is only open on weekends), and some sites may be unexpectedly closed for student events. Research specifics in advance, or book a tour that includes Christ Church entry for ease.

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Architecture of Christ Church

Part of what sets Christ Church apart is its architecture. The soaring Tom Tower was designed in part by famed architect (and alumnus) Christopher Wren, while Christ Church Cathedral had its interior revamped by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 19th century. The staircase which leads to the Great Hall—distinct for its fan vaulting—served as aHarry Potter set.

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