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Christ Church Meadow, Oxford

Categories: Nature & Parks
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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 However these have all now been replaced by boathouses.
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  • On the outside she's wonderful, the input is the gardens. Inside is also all very well maintained. The dining hall eh where were filmed the Harry Potter films, the famous communal lounge. Worth the visit.
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  • Christ Church Meadow provides most peaceful and scenic walk to the river. The walk takes around a hour to get to the river, allow plenty of time as it is worth it. There is a pub at the other end wher...  read more »
  • This is such a lovely place to take a stroll, it is hard to believe you are in the middle of a city with cows grazing and all the planted borders. You come out by the side of the river where the rower...  read more »
  • Perfect getaway from city centre. Walk along the river is nice and if you go around the meadow, you will get nice walk under the trees with beutiful view to the colege.
  • I just love this place, it's big and peaceful, but can get busy in the summer, but there are quiet areas. Definitely recommend going here any sunny warm day. Its Oxfords Hyde park
  • Just beautiful. On a sunny day, you can spend hours wandering the pathways by the meadow to the river. Classic English views looking back towards the churches and colleges.
  • 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.
  • Amazing grass area. Perfect in summer time to lay down and relax.
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