Christ Church Meadow, Oxford

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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 However these have all now been replaced by boathouses.
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  • I spent a lovely 45 minutes meandering around the meadow, stopping to take photos or just sitting to enjoy the quiet along the way. (Note: it probably takes no m ore than 25 minutes to walk around it ...  more »
  • Beautiful park area with the ability to walk, a trip by boat on the river and just quiet relaxation in nature. A place to get away from all the tourists in town.
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  • Transport yourself in time, visit this beautiful place; visit the rooms and hallways that inspire some scenes of the Harry Potter movie. The entrance has some beautiful Gardens and the lawns are manic...  more »
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  • It's a big lawn. Do you like big lawns? Then this is the place for you! A mandatory stop for all big lawn aficionados. Where my big lawn heads at!? Hopefully at the Christ Church Meadow or at some other lawn of equal or bigger size. That's the only place they're truly happy. Every other thing, experience or person in this great parade of life is at best a distraction and at worst a hindrance to them until they get that sweet, sweet big lawn release.
  • For as crowded and busy as Oxford is... this was an amazing visit. Just a beautiful place with a rich and well preserved history. It is a must see.
  • Lovely place for a walk, a short distance from the city centre. Saw some deer in the water meadows as well as squirrels and ducks
  • Lovely place to hang out in the centre of Oxford. Lots of students but plenty of families too.
  • Great to see such refreshing green open space next to the college. Long may it stay as it is.

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