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Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

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In addition to serving as the cathedral church for the diocese of Oxford, Christ Church Cathedral is one of the largest colleges of the University of Oxford. Traditionally considered the most aristocratic college of its university, the institution has produced thirteen British prime ministers, equal to the number produced by all 45 other Oxford colleges combined. John Locke, John Wesley, Robert Peel, William Gladstone, and W.H. Auden studied here, to name just a few notable alumni. Throughout its history, the college’s world-famous Cathedral Choir has attracted many distinguished composers and organists, with many award-winning recordings to its credit. Guided tours of the site’s historic buildings and its well-known art collection are available weekly. Personalized tours, tailored to individual interests, can also be arranged. Add Christ Church Cathedral to your Oxford travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Oxford day trip planning app.
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  • These most beautiful buildings!! And stunning grounds. Did the audio tour - the cathedral was shut. Therefore, it did not take as long , possibly should be cheaper as missing quite a chunk of the... 
    These most beautiful buildings!! And stunning grounds. Did the audio tour - the cathedral was shut. Therefore, it did not take as long , possibly should be cheaper as missing quite a chunk of the...  more »
  • This place was used as a shooting site for not just Harry Potter, but also Golden Compass and other movies. The church is full of history. I particularly love its connection with Alice in Wonderland.....  more
    This place was used as a shooting site for not just Harry Potter, but also Golden Compass and other movies. The church is full of history. I particularly love its connection with Alice in Wonderland.....  more »
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  • Evensong was a deeply spiritual event in this atmospheric building. You can feel the history seeping through the walls as you sit and pray by candlelight. Beautiful singing in an awe inspiring setting.
  • Unfortunately, owing to the Church of England's political response to 'covid', we were unable to visit the chapel of Christ Church Oxford (despite the fact that we were visiting the Dean). The chapel is unique in that it is also the cathedral of the Bishop of Oxford. It also features a n unusual 'pendant' fan-vault; similar to that in the Henry VII chapel of Westminster Abbey. Whilst it is one of England's smallest cathedrals, it's also one of the most historic: and its proximity to the College's art gallery, makes it doubly worth a visit.

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