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Christ Church College

Christ Church College

St Aldate's, Oxford, England, OX1 1DP

The Basics

Oxford is composed of 38 different colleges, with Christ Church College one of the most prominent—both in terms of its grounds and its reputation. It was founded by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525, and alumni include Albert Einstein, Christopher Wren, John Locke, and Lewis Carroll. The college has its own 12-century cathedral, an art museum with works from Tintoretto and da Vinci to Dürer, and a Great Hall, which theHarry Potter films used as inspiration.

Christ Church College is included on numerous walking tours of Oxford, while select itineraries offer the chance to explore inside, spotHarry Potter filming locations, and skip the long entry lines.

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Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
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Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
star-4.5
$57.51 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Harry Potter extravaganza
The trip was organized for our 2 granddaughters aged 15 & 13. Both avid & knowledgeable Harry Potter fans. (They absolutely loved it!) We were lucky to have beautiful weather on a Sunday when Oxford was not ever so busy. Also our guide was superb. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
Paul_B, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oxford

star-5
A memorable experience
Todd_P, May 2022
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
Jaime was a wonderful tour guide and made visiting Oxford a memorable experience by binging Harry Potter costumes, his historical knowledge and humor to the walk through lovely Oxford. Thank you Jaime!
star-5
Good Harry Potter tour
Sundararaman_S, Apr 2022
Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church
We went on the 3 hour HP tour with Prof. Michiel. He was knowledgeable of the film locations. Unfortunately the Divinity school and the dining hall at New College was closed on the day we visited.
star-5
Jamie was fantastic!!
David_T, Mar 2022
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
We were shown around by Jamie who was excellent. He really brought the city to life with lots of good stories and interesting facts. The cloaks, scarfs and even a wand went down well and helped everyone get into the spirit!! The fact that he was at Oxford university gave him more credibility. He took some photos of us which hopefully you will be able to use.
star-5
Nice tour
Taisei_S, Feb 2022
Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church
We can not only watch beautiful buildings but also get interesting information about it. I had good time.
star-5
Perfect way to hear all the history about these beautiful buildings
Nigel_F, Mar 2022
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
John is a great tour guide...really informative and very considerate of his group - making sure everyone is OK.
star-5
Fantastic
mandyblacker, Feb 2020
Christ Church Harry Potter PUBLIC 10am tour from July 2022 only
We were a family of four with two older teenagers. When we booked this tour, I wasn't sure how interested they would be in this kind of thing . Peter made the tour fun and very informative. There were lots of "bonus facts" and quizes. We were fascinated how the authors linked in with each other. The Harry Potter gown, hat and wand were a big hit ( with one daughter!) who kept it on all the tour. This really made the photos special. Both the girls and adults thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon . When we booked, we thought it was quite expensive, but actually, the tour was well worth it. We were not rushed, and the whole tour ended up taking 3 hours. Peter was happy to answer questions and was very knowledgeable about both Oxford , Harry Potter and famous Oxford authors. We are now planning a return visit and intend to do another tour.
star-5
Magical experience!
Sarah_P, Nov 2021
Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church
Peter was a great guide and was so knowledgeable about all things Oxford and Harry Potter. I will definitely be recommending this tour to family and friends who are visiting Oxford.
star-5
Excellent Harry potter tour with Jamie as the tour guide
Michelle_B, Jan 2022
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
Excellent Harry potter walking tour in Oxford. My twins love Harry Potter and they loved this tour. Jamie the tour guide was Fantastic he had costumes for us all to wear and a pin badge and scarfs then he had a sorting hat too... The tour guide made the tour fun exciting and was very up on Harry potter he even did a quiz at the end. We loved seeing Christchurch cathedral it was a magnificent place to visit and having the headphones/audio to listen about it was great too. The Bodleian library was very beautiful too.
star-5
Trevor the brilliant guide
CHERYL_W, Aug 2021
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
The weather was awful but Trevor was such an engaging, knowledgable and entertaining guide that he made the day really memorable. Would highly recommend him. Thank you Trevor for a brilliant two hours.
star-5
A couple of hours in a beautiful city
Victoria_S, Aug 2021
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
After this tour I now love Oxford, its beautiful! Loved getting an insight into the colleges and our guide Lizzy was fantastic. Very friendly and made the tour fun
star-5
More than Skip the Queue
Suzette_T, Jul 2019
Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church
We originally booked this tour to skip the queue at Christchurch. However, the tour provided much more than this single benefit. Our excellent guide, Andrew, led us on a walk around the city, highlighting (as promised) many literary topics associated with Oxford - like Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and C. S. Lewis. We also saw the architecture of Oxford through a local lens. Andrew had an ideal mix of knowledge, humor and willingness to help us get the best possible experience. Best of all - he offered to take multiple photos for us at scenic spots along the way. We highly recommend this tour to others.
star-5
Great use of stories and humour
Justin_C, May 2021
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
John, our walking tour guide was great. He provided some insightful stories of the long history of Oxford and its beautiful buildings. Our children enjoyed seeing the buildings that were in the Harry Potter films and informed of which scenes were filmed on location. Great use of story and humour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wheelchair users may use Tom Gate to enter the college, though not all areas and buildings are wheelchair-accessible.

  • Tickets booked online include fast-track entry, while lines for in-person tickets may be long.

  • Any bags or luggage larger than a standard backpack are not permitted on site.

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How to Get There

Christ Church is a quick walk from central Oxford and is served by several local bus lines, including the 4B and 5 as well as the hop-on hop-off bus. If you prefer to come by car, it’s recommended to take a taxi, as there is limited parking. Christ Church has three main entryways: Tom Gate (available for wheelchair users and special events), Meadow Gate (the primary visitor entrance), and Canterbury Gate (used to access the Picture Gallery).

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When to Get There

Christ Church College is open daily from Monday to Saturday with afternoon hours on Sunday. Opening hours of individual college attractions vary (the cathedral, for instance, is only open on weekends), and some sites may be unexpectedly closed for student events. Research specifics in advance, or book a tour that includes Christ Church entry for ease.

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Architecture of Christ Church

Part of what sets Christ Church apart is its architecture. The soaring Tom Tower was designed in part by famed architect (and alumnus) Christopher Wren, while Christ Church Cathedral had its interior revamped by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 19th century. The staircase which leads to the Great Hall—distinct for its fan vaulting—served as aHarry Potter set.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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