Christchurch College

One the oldest and most famous university colleges has over 800 years of history.

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Try and get a look at the college gardens, too — this is where Lewis Carroll was inspired to write Alice in Wonderland

The University of Oxford is among the oldest universities in the English-speaking world. Some evidence suggests it was founded as long ago as 1096. The university is made up of 38 distinct colleges, among them Christchurch College, known colloquially as “the house”. Don’t be fooled, though: that makes it sound plain and ordinary, when it is nothing of the sort.

Christ Church actually encompasses Oxford’s cathedral. This stunning building is visited by thousands every year, whether for worship or simply to enjoy the profound calm and sense of history within its walls. The Cathedral is also home to a world famous, 500 year old choir. They sing daily services in the Cathedral, so it’s certainly worth trying to hear them while you are there.

The Great Hall
Christchurch has been propelled into the public eye by its starring role in the Harry Potter films. In particular the the Renaissance magnificence of its Great Hall was what inspired the makers of the films. The sight of the hall, with its long, lamplit banquet tables, stern portraits and the elevated dons’ ‘high table’ at the end, is sure to bring back some fond memories.

Alumni, illuminati

Christchurch is one of the largest colleges of the university, with approximately 110 professors and 650 students. The students are all bright young things, but some of the alumni certainly stand out. John Locke, Robert Hooke, John Wesley, William Gladstone, W.H. Auden, Lewis Carroll and Rowan Williams are among them. And you may have heard of someone called Albert Einstein, who studied there in the 1930s.

Nearby Attractions

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Home to the world's most famous university, dreaming spires and a million bicycles.
Harry Potter Great Hall
This magnificent interior featured in the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts' Great Hall.
Oxford Pubs
Hidden gem pubs, overflowing with academics. The above pub claims to have the highest IQ per square metre.
Radcliffe Camera
Known as the 'beating heart' of Oxford, this library has stood since the early 18th century.
Bodleian Library
One of the oldest libraries in Europe and mostly underground, it has served the university for over 400 years.
Covered Market
A treasure trove of market stalls, souvenir stalls and kooky eateries - perfect for a quick bite.

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Gown and Town: Oxford the City of Dreaming Spires (including travel from London)
  • Meet your guide at iconic Paddington Station, and journey together to Oxford - the city of dreaming spires! 
  • Experience the enchanting myriad of Oxford’s spellbinding streets and uncover the city’s fascinating history.
  • Visit one of the world’s best-known universities and explore the array of colleges, courtyards and the famous ‘Bridge of Sighs’.
  • Soak up the quintessential English atmosphere of Oxford.
From authentically magical locations used in the Harry Potter films, to one of the most-famous universities in the world, Oxford awaits – just a short train ride away from London. Deserving of a full day trip and not just a flying visit, Oxford is full of historical corners waiting to be discovered, as well as picturesque streets perfect for meandering and escaping the hustle and bustle of London. 

One of the best-known universities in the world and also one of the most beautiful, Oxford is a charming place to spend a tranquil day. Our guide will accompany you on the hour long train journey through the English countryside and take you on a fully guided stroll through the city streets through the most beautiful colleges, hidden courtyards and quadrangles, libraries, and Oxford’s ‘Bridge of Sighs’ – a distinctive landmark and highly-coveted photo opp. 
Oxford Tour: With a Former Oxford Union President
  • Take the very unique opportunity to enter The Oxford Union - the historic epicentre of debate at the University
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  • Take centre stage with your guide. No other groups or noise to drown out the experience.

Begin your day at London Paddington Station. Escape smoky London and zip across the rolling English countryside to sleepy Oxford. Steeped in history, outstandingly beautiful and famed for its ancient University (founded in 1096).  An institution which has produced some of the greatest minds throughout time. From Oscar Wilde, Edwin Hubble, to Stephen Hawking. 

Meet your friendly guide - a former President of The Oxford Union, a prestigious student position held by numerous former British Prime Ministers. Accompany your guide through the beautiful cobbled streets and squares of the City Centre. Explore the local market, churches,  hidden gardens, quaint shops and ancient pubs. And gain unparalleled knowledge and access to the University and its array of beautiful colleges. Hear of the University's ancient beginnings, strange traditions and invaluable contributions to academia and humanity. This is a very unique opportunity to see Oxford from a less travelled perspective. And a sure highlight to your trip!


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