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Christ Church College Tours

Christ Church College
Attended by leading luminaries across the centuries—and in possession of an art museum, soaring cathedral, and stately quad—Christ Church is among Oxford’s largest, grandest, and most prestigious colleges. Famously used as a set for the Harry Potter films, it is now also a pop cultural attraction.

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 the Harry 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, spot Harry Potter filming locations, and skip the long entry lines.

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.

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).

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.

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 a Harry Potter set.
Address: St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP, England
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25 Tours and Activities to Experience Christ Church College

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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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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 several possible stops including the University of Oxford buildings (some featured in the 'Harry Potter' films), Oxford Castle, and Bodleian 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.
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  • 40 minutes
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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Along The University Regatta Course

Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Along The University Regatta Course

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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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  • 50 minutes
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Oxford Highlights Small Group Tour

Oxford Highlights Small Group Tour

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Explore the university city of Oxford on a 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.
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  • 2 hours
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$24.62
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Oxford Christian History Tour

Oxford Christian History Tour

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See a different side to popular Oxford during this comprehensive walking tour which provides a great introduction to the city itself, while also emphasizing the city’s Christian legacy and history, something few travelers get to explore in depth. Listen to stories from your guide about the Oxford Martyrs, Queen Mary Tudor, and even Harry Potter, as you pass by significant buildings.
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  • 2 hours
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Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace

Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace

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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.
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  • 9 hours
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Public Afternoon Christ Church Harry Potter Film Sites Tour

Public Afternoon Christ Church Harry Potter Film Sites Tour

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This is the essential tour for Harry Potter fans. Spend a day discovering the sites of Oxford associated with the Harry Potter movies. See Christ Church College which inspired the Great Hall of Hogwarts, and learn behind-the-scenes secrets about the Harry Potter actors, and J. K. Rowling.
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  • 2 hours
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Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Bodleian Library

Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Bodleian Library

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Discover the Harry Potter movie locations of Oxford on this 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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  • 2 hours
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PUBLIC Morning Christ Church Harry Potter Film Site Tour

PUBLIC Morning Christ Church Harry Potter Film Site Tour

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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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  • 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Oxford Walking and Biking Tour

Oxford Walking and Biking Tour

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Discover Oxford’s highlights on foot and two wheels on this 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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  • 3 hours
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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Including a Picnic

Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Including a Picnic

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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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Oxford Private Guided Walking Tour

Oxford Private Guided Walking Tour

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Oxford is one of England’s most renowned university cities and a private tour means you can explore at your own pace. On this 3-hour walking tour, admire Oxford landmarks such as the Bodleian Library, Christchurch Cathedral, and the Ashmolean Museum; learn more about the city’s fascinating history and heritage; and see the famous Oxford University colleges.
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  • 3 hours
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$332.25
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Harry Potter Insights Oxford PUBLIC Tour with entry to Divinity School film site

Harry Potter Insights Oxford PUBLIC Tour with entry to Divinity School film site

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Calling all fans of the world’s favorite wizard, this Oxford walking tour takes you to recognizable locations of the Harry Potter films. During this family-friendly tour, explore the grand buildings of Oxford University, including New College and Divinity School—both featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Learn of other literary legends that attended Oxford University and admire the Bodleian Library, home to more than 11 million books. This small-group tour is limited to 15 Harry Potter fans to maintain an intimate atmosphere. If you prefer, choose the private tour of New College with just your party and guide. 
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Private Oxford City & University Walking tour with Entry to Divinity School

Private Oxford City & University Walking tour with Entry to Divinity School

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Oxford is home to one of the world’s most famous and prestigious colleges, and this private 2-hour walking tour unveils all the secrets of the university city. Marvel at landmarks including the Bodleian Library and Christchurch, peek inside Oxford University buildings like New College or the Divinity School; and follow in the footsteps of British legends such as J.R.R Tolkien, CS Lewis, King Henry VIII, and Harry Potter.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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PRIVATE Harry Potter in Oxford tour -Includes entry to Divinity school film site

PRIVATE Harry Potter in Oxford tour -Includes entry to Divinity school film site

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See two of the three Hogwarts filming locations in Oxford (access permitting) on this private Harry Potter tour. With a guide, you'll visit New College and the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library. Ponder how studying at Oxford University compares to being a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and learn a bit about Oxford's history as your guide tailors the tour to the interests of everyone in your group.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Oxford Bicycle Tour - available to book daily

Private Oxford Bicycle Tour - available to book daily

COVID19 NOTICE: Currently all university colleges are still closed to the public but you will see & hear lots about the colleges on the tour route. The best way to see Oxford is on a bicycle on this private bicycle tour along the River Thames Path. In fact, bikes are the locals' favourite way to get around the city as the compact Oxford is not very car-friendly. Default start time is 12.00 but you may request any start time from 12.00 until 14.30 start time. The tour lasts for 3-4 hours, including a guided tour plus bike set up time and a refreshments stop. The route covers both the city's sights and stories with a college entrance fee and a relaxing cycle along the River Thames to Iffley or Binsey Village.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$99.68
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PRIVATE GROUP- Afternoon- Christchurch Harry Potter film sites tour

PRIVATE GROUP- Afternoon- Christchurch Harry Potter film sites tour

Find out how does studying at Oxford University compare with studying at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Find out on this 5 star rated popular walking tour about the making of Harry Potter in Oxford. Your ticket includes up to £15 in entry fee per person plus (where & when open), it also includes £2.50 entry to Divinity school film site at Bodleian library. We can only gain entry by pre-purchasing entry tickets online so please book this tour ahead in order to not be disappointed if no tickets left available. If we cannot get entry tickets, you'll be refunded in full. Fun tour for Muggles of all ages. Guide will cater the tour according to everyone's interests, introducing also Oxford heritage. See Christchurch film site. Christ Church Hall only closure dates 2020: Oct 4 + 9
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$259.13
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PRIVATE GROUP- MORNING- Christchurch Harry Potter film sites tour

PRIVATE GROUP- MORNING- Christchurch Harry Potter film sites tour

Covid19 Notice: Christchurch requires you to wear mask to enter & we can only enter with advance pre paid online entry tickets- which are limited- so please book ahead. If we cannot run the tour, you will be refunded or you may select to choose a rescheduled date. This tour also visits the Divinity school film site at the Bodleian library- as & when this secondary venue is open. Pre paid entry fee is included for all venues. Find out how does studying at Oxford University compare with studying at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Find out on this 5 star rated popular walking tour about the making of Harry Potter in Oxford. Your ticket includes up to £15 in entry fee per person. Fun tour for Muggles of all ages. Guide will cater the tour according to everyone's interests, introducing also Oxford heritage. See Christchurch film site. Christ Church Hall only closure dates 2020: Oct 4 + 9 NB all other film sites and university venues are closed to the public during Covid19
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$259.13
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Oxford River Cruise + Walking Tour to Iffley village

Oxford River Cruise + Walking Tour to Iffley village

Fall in love with Oxford by joining a relaxing 20 minute Thames river cruise to Iffley village. Then walk or take the cruise back again Thames path. We'll see the Norman chapel & medieval homes in Iffley village. Special focus on Alice in Wonderland heritage and the Oxford rowing tradition. This tour includes about 1 mile walk at start of tour past famous university sights introduced briefly by the guide. After the cruise ends, we have one hour in Iffley village and then a 3 mile walk along the scenic Thames river path back to Oxford city. For anyone who has mobility walking issues, please let us know when booking as alternatively we could just replace the walk back from Iffley with either a return trip on the river cruise or a taxi back to the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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3-Hour Private Tour of Oxford With University Alumni Guide

3-Hour Private Tour of Oxford With University Alumni Guide

Building upon the success of our 2-hour tour, this extended 3-hour version now includes entry into one of the oldest colleges at Oxford University. It also incorporates visiting the world-famous Bodleian Library, one of the best examples of Medieval architecture in Europe, and a Harry Potter film site. As always, this is done uniquely with our Oxford University student guides.
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  • 3 hours
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$142.52
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Oxford In A Day With Student Guide - Christ Church Optional

Oxford In A Day With Student Guide - Christ Church Optional

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See Oxford in one day with this small group, sight-packed, full-day tour with an authentic Oxford student to give you the inside scoop, along with the little known facts and locations off the beaten path! See inside the oldest Colleges in Oxford, including the largest in Oxford - complete with its own deer park. Break for a pub lunch, before entering the most historic part of England's most iconic library, which makes a regular appearance in Hollywood films. For entrance into a famous Harry Potter college, upgrade to include a ticket for Christ Church.
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  • 6 hours
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$97.18
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Social Distancing Specialised Oxford University Walking Tour With Student Guides

Social Distancing Specialised Oxford University Walking Tour With Student Guides

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Designed to see the best of Oxford in a safe environment with the smallest group sizing we have ever done. With this specialised tour we take important measure to protect your health, and those around you. All our Oxford University student guides wear medical masks. In addition to this, group sizing is inline with Social Distancing Rules (currently 5 people per group). Furthermore, all guides must submit their temperature before providing the tour. This tour has all the most famous sites in Oxford, with our unique guides providing a fun and entertaining insight into one of the most important cities in the world. See the world-famous sites such as the Bodleian Library and Christ Church – both of which were Harry Potter film sites! Get the inside story on Oxford ceremonies, student life, college rivalries and much, much more!
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  • 2 hours
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$19.44
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Oxford and Harry Potter Private Guided Walking Tour

Oxford and Harry Potter Private Guided Walking Tour

Take a private guided tour of the picturesque university city of Oxford. Enjoy a private walking tour of the city and its colleges and museums. Your 3 hours tour begins when your guide meets you at the agreed pick-up point, for example Oxford train station. The tour introduces the most famous colleges and describes college life, student traditions, famous literary, scientific, and political figures, and English history in Oxford. Follow the informative guide around the city as you visit the famous sights and learn about the history of Oxford. Visit famous film location of Harry Potter movies.
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  • 3 hours
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$375.76
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Oxford City and University Historical Highlights Private Tour

Oxford City and University Historical Highlights Private Tour

Explore the hidden corners of Oxford and its world-famous university in a small private group or as an individual with an experienced professional Blue or Green Badge Tourist Guide. We can tailor your tour to your individual requirements and we offer a variety of themes including Harry Potter Film Locations, Alice in Wonderland, C S Lewis and Tolkien, His Dark Materials and Morse, Lewis and Endeavour. We offer tours in a variety of languages including French, Spanish, German and Italian.
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  • 2 hours
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$207.32
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TWO DAYS TOUR of Oxford City plus Cotswolds Cycle Tours

TWO DAYS TOUR of Oxford City plus Cotswolds Cycle Tours

Day 1: See the city of Oxford's most well known & less known best sights as locals do on 2 wheels. Includes visit inside colleges. Day 2: Make use of an electric bike to enjoy an adventurous ride of approx 40km, taking in scenic views & picturesque villages in the Cotswolds Tour officially starts from March 30th but if you have a request for earlier dates, please ask viator to contact us!
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  • 11 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$518.28
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