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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
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
star-4.5
$55.33 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Magic informative fun!
Myself and my Harry Potter mad 10 year old booked this as a Xmas present and it did not disappoint we had an amazing time. Only issue was I had to change to date from May to July and the price difference was considerable
rickardshelen, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oxford

star-5
Superb Oxford tour
Weinshel_S, Aug 2022
Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church
Peter was a wonderful tour guide. He has vast knowledge of Oxford and gave a fantastic tour including Oxford history and lots of interesting Harry Potter insights. Our son is a huge HP fan and he was completely engaged with this tour the entire time. Peter is a one of a kind guide who goes the extra mile to make sure all guests enjoy the tour. I highly recommend this tour for all Oxford visitors.
star-5
You get your money’s worth.
Christopher_I, Jul 2022
Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church
The tour was great and includes a great deal more than just the places Harry Potter was filmed. We pretty much went over most of the town as well. Our guide Peter was great and extremely knowledgeable about the history of the town and school. Peter also gave extras and hung out after with some of us going over additional Harry Potter facts. Great Tour.
star-4
Brilliant and really enjoyable
Grainne_O, Jul 2022
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
The great hall was fantastic Great to have the history as well And the local Oxford student input Great fog older teenagers and adults Not for very young kids…
star-5
Excellent afternoon
Ahsan_A, Jul 2022
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
We really enjoyed the experience including the quiz. Jamie was brilliant and insightful. Definitely recommended.
star-5
Friendly, knowledgeable...
Laura_B, Jul 2022
Harry Potter Insights PRIVATE Tour with Self Guided Christ Church Tickets
Friendly, knowledgeable guide! Enjoyed the insight and knowledge of JK Rowling, CS Lewis, Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. No preknowledge needed for tour, but added a lot for our experience having read already some of their works!
star-5
A journey to remember
rosalie_a, May 2022
Harry Potter Insights PRIVATE Tour with Self Guided Christ Church Tickets
Knowing all the history of the oxford university. My family,especially my daughter, had become more interested of coming to Uk for schooling and guide tour,Peter was excellent.
star-5
Fantastic
mandyblacker, Feb 2020
Alice in Wonderland + Harry Potter Tour with Christ Church Self Guided Entry
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
Harry Potter extravaganza
Paul_B, May 2022
Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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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