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Christ Church, Oxford

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In addition to serving as the cathedral church for the diocese of Oxford, Christ Church is one of the largest colleges of the University of Oxford. Traditionally considered the most aristocratic college of its university, the institution has produced thirteen British prime ministers, equal to the number produced by all 45 other Oxford colleges combined. John Locke, John Wesley, Robert Peel, William Gladstone, and W.H. Auden studied here, to name just a few notable alumni. Throughout its history, the college’s world-famous Cathedral Choir has attracted many distinguished composers and organists, with many award-winning recordings to its credit. Guided tours of the site’s historic buildings and its well-known art collection are available weekly. Personalized tours, tailored to individual interests, can also be arranged. Using our online itinerary creator, Oxford attractions like Christ Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Amazing architecture and a must see in Oxford. It's amazing that this place is still being used by students, it's not just a museum. However that means you have to visit between the student's meals as...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    I went prepared, however, the tour guide, but with a booklet with clear information about the places along the route. The site gives a good sense of history and tradition in the UK academic community. Several parts of the college has also used video recordings, for example. Harry Potter. Worth a visit but it was a bit expensive, and I was lucky that came when it was not very crowded. It easily becomes cramped so if there is a long queue, I would not go in.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Honestly, if it wasn't for Harry Potter this site would have no raison d ' être. There are much cheaper and better to visit college
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  • Had a great little self-guided tour one afternoon. Great to slowly absorb the architecture, and relax in the surrounding gardens afterwards with a walk along the river in the sun. Hard to judge how busy it will be - the queue for tour groups will often be out of the doors, making it at times a little claustrophobic.
  • Very nice place to visit and see Oxford old buildings.
  • Awesome place with superb architecture! Must visit for Harry Potter fans as some of the scenes were shot here!
  • Magnificent college with an outstanding architecture..for Harry Potter fans there this is a must...big linea to get in but the wait and the price are well worth..lots of places for photo opportunities and the place can get crowded at times...beautiful and iconic university...Don't miss it and enjoy it
  • The true HP dining hall. Don't miss a tour with one of the cathedral's custodians. So much more information. Well worth it.

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An inexpensive alternative to Oxford's pricey hotels, historical college room lodgings provide visitors with an opportunity to experience the city's old-world academic atmosphere without having to pass exams. Offering more than just comfortable beds and warm meals, centrally located college B&Bs provide visitors with a glimpse into the ancient world of Oxford academia. These rooms are mainly available during school vacations, when students clear out of their dormitories. At other times of year, explore the varied world of Oxford's elegant hotels and private guesthouses.
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