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Christ Church Meadow, Oxford
(4.7/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Christ Church Meadow is a well-known flood-meadow, and popular walking and picnic spot in Oxford, England.Roughly triangular in shape it is bounded by the River Thames (the stretch through Oxford being known as "The Isis"), the River Cherwell, and Christ Church. The meadow provides access to many of the college boat houses which are on an island at the confluence of the two rivers. The lower sections of the meadow, close to the Thames, are grazed by cattle, while the upper sections have sports fields. Broad Walk is at the northern edge with Merton Field to the north and Merton College, dominated by the tower of Merton College Chapel, beyond that.Christ Church Meadow is owned by Christ Church, and is thus the private property of the college, however access is allowed during the day. Access starts very early to allow rowers to go to the boathouses. Eights Week and Torpids, Oxford University's two main rowing events, and Christ Church Regatta are held on the Thames here. In past times, ornamental wooden barges were moored on the river here to store boats and house spectators. However these have all now been replaced by boathouses.
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  • The meadow was given to the then Monastery of St Frideswide (now the nearby Cathedral) in the 1300's by Lady Montacute. It stands between Christ Church Cathedral and the River Thames. In the summer it...  more »
  • My wife insisted we visited the place. We were very impressed and it was steeped in history. Magical stories and history were in abundance. I was impressed by a cleric that spoke fluent Russian. My wi...  more »
  • when visiting England, you must complete a circuit of the meadow: admire Magdalene Bridge, MCS' extraordinary island playfields, the wonderful new CC bridge across the Cherwell to their sports fields ...  more »
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  • Right in the centre and free entrance independent from the entrance to the college. The grounds are well maintained, and only very few parts have the "please keep off the grass" signs, which mean you can lay down and relax on its lawns, some of them facing the college, others the Thames and others the meadows... Plus, during the warm months you can see the cows grazing there!
  • A very beautiful and peaceful walk, especially in the non-winter months. There can be quite a few people in the summer with the tourist season at its peak, but it is nonetheless charming. Walking around the meadow, you'll most likely spot people punting down the river on one side of the path and cows grazing on the other.
  • Great fun place, little bit of wilderness in the middle of Oxford
  • Beautiful, well kept meadows. Great place for a morning run or a picnic. Does get busy with tourists n the middle of the day - but it's easy to keep walking and leave them behind.
  • Lovely scenic walk just minutes away from busy town centre.