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Christ Church, College and Cathedral, University of Oxford

Christ Church is a unique institution combining a college and a cathedral. It is the largest of the 39 colleges making up Oxford University. Founded by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1525, it was re-founded in 1546 to incorporate the cathedral for the Diocese of Oxford.

John and Charles Wesley were undergraduates at the college, and a memorial stone in the floor commemorates that both were ordained in the cathedral.

Rev Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was a mathematics tutor here in the 19th century and wrote Alice in Wonderland about Alice Liddell, daughter of the then Dean. More recently, scenes from Harry Potter were filmed on the hall stairs.

Charges apply. Please check the website for details:
Please book College tours in advance online: 13 per person (concessions 11) (2017 prices). No tours in July and August.

Free guided tours of the Cathedral are available on weekdays at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm. Access for Cathedral services via Tom gate (main gate on St Aldates).

Additional visitor information
No parking on site. Please visit Oxford City Council's website for details of car parking available in Oxford:

Worship services
Sunday: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.45am Matins (1662), 11am Sung Eucharist (Common Worship), 6pm Evensong (1662)
Weekdays: 7.15am Morning Prayer (Common Worship), 7.35am Holy Communion (Common Worship), 6pm Evensong (1662)

Also nearby
Wesley Memorial Methodist Church and site of the first meetinghouse in Oxford, both in New Inn Hall Street are close by, as is Oxford Castle with a heritage area and the 'Wesley Cells'.


St Aldates
Oxford OX1 1DP

Monday–Saturday: 10am–5pm
Sunday: 2pm–5pm (Last admission 4.15pm)       As a working academic and religious institution, some areas, such as the Hall and Cathedral, may close at short notice. The Hall is often closed between 11.40am and 2.30pm. Please check the Christ Church website in advance of your visit.

Head Custodian
Tel: 01865 276492
You can also contact the Porter's Lodge for visitor information: Tel: 01865 276150

Getting there [SP 513061]

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