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Christchurch College – Harry Potter meets Alice...
Ranked #17 of 185 things to do in Oxford
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

I visited with my boyfriend on the 30th November and was quite disappointed. We paid £5.50 each (and that is a concession rate) to go in and have a look around. Lots of parts are off limits to visitors so we only really had a look round the cathedral. We then had to come back later in the day to look at the main hall as it was only open for a couple of hours. In hindsight unless you really want to see the interior most of the architecture can be viewed by walking around the outside and the meadow is free to access

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Christ Church is truly amazing. The history of the college and all the people connected with the college are utterly staggering. Go on a tour and you will get nothing of this! If you are lucky you will by chance meet someone from the college who can tell you wonderful anecdotes, but chances are you will be squeezed between 50 non English speaking young tourist and followed by a further 100 non english speaking tourists who follow 'their leader' who is holding a flag. Memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Another thing is that ChCh is not a tourist destination - it is an educational establishment and the students have to come first. So you will find parts not open, you cannot go down most sides of the quads (where the rooms are) because people are studying in those rooms and they do not want you making a noise.

Why on earth is there not some kind of booking system - like at Buckingham Palace - to prevent 'crushes' of tourists at any one time? And why is it OPEN for tourists, but mainly closed once you get in cos tourists are 'in the way'? Why not just open the college during the vacations?

Thank FlowerOxford
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Putting aside the £7 entry fee, this is the college to see if you only see one. Highlights include the Cathedral - which is fantastic, the Hall - which is the model for the Hogwarts Dining Room and Tom Quad.

The disadvantage is that it isn't possible to see the gardens.

An alternative if you only want to visit one college is New College. It has an amazing Chapel, a scene location from Harry Potter, cloisters and fantastic gardens including what is evidently the longest herbaceous border in the world.

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

The fee to enter Christ Church is worth every bit. I found my way there one morning during my stay in Oxford and took my time roaming every bit open to the public. One of the Custodians in the Great Hall took time to point out a lot of little details I might have missed such as portraits of some Americans (William Penn, John Wesley); the section of stained glass dedicated to Alice in Wonderland; and the portrait that "watches" you (look for the red robe). The stairwell that leads to the Great Hall is simply lovely with the intricate ceiling detail. Apparently it was featured in scenes in 2 Harry Potter films (I've never seen). The bulk of my time I spent in the Chapel. There are no good words to describe the beauty within these walls. It was breathtaking. My husband was working when I visited so the two of us returned that night to enjoy the Evensong service and give him a glimpse inside the Chapel. If you are limited on time or funds, consider this service as it is open to the public and free. The choir's voices are equally as lovely as the Chapel.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

My husband and I went there on a recent trip to Oxford. We were not able to see the famous dining hall since it doesn't open until 2:15 and we went in the morning (students live here, so during the time they eat the hall is closed to visitors (lucky them!!)). However it didn't matter much because ALL of the college is beautiful! You can be there for hours and not finish looking at all the little details. The halls are amazing, the garden is beautiful and the chapel is gorgeous. It's super interesting to see all the plaques dedicated to the people who studied, worked, or had some affiliation with the college. The chapel was one of the best parts for me, absolutely stunning, but what really made it great was the super helpful volunteers that are there. We talked with a man who told us so many interesting things about the history and the special features of the chapel. When you go, be sure to approach the people wearing the unifrom inside the chapel and ask them to give you more info. They are a well of knowledge and super patient and obviously love talking about the college. Thank you for an incredible experience!

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