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Christ Church Cathedral

Attend a choral recital at this charming and historic Romanesque university chapel, which is among the smallest cathedrals in England.

Christ Church Cathedral is known for its famous Cathedral Choir and cultural events. The Romanesque structure, which dates back to the 12th century, hosts art exhibits and dramatic performances, and is also the chapel for Christ Church College in the University of Oxford. Visit the cathedral to admire the architectural features and perhaps attend a concert or show. 

Take some time to inspect the graceful Romanesque and Gothic features of the cathedral’s exterior, then venture in through its grand portal. The nave, choir and main tower all date from the late Norman period, as well as the impressive stained glass windows beside the altar. 

Other noteworthy features include the intriguing patterns of the ceiling and the organ, which was built by an Austrian firm in 1979. Be sure to check out the tomb of John de Nowers, an aristocrat from the 1300s. De Nowers is just one of many notable people entombed here. 

Pick up a visitor leaflet for further information. There are free guided tours given several times per day. These last for 20 minutes and cover the history, architecture and life of the cathedral. Purchase souvenirs, books and other keepsakes at the Cathedral Shop.

Attend a classical music concert to fully appreciate the structure’s excellent acoustics. Among the most popular performances held here are recitals by the world-famous Cathedral Choir, which has been in existence since 1526. 

There is a small entrance fee for visitors, although it is free for parishioners of the diocese. The cathedral opens from morning until late afternoon during the week, with later opening time on Sundays. Check ahead before you visit as opening times are subject to change at short notice.

Christ Church Cathedral stands in the center of Christ Church, one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford. It is near to many landmarks, such as the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments and Oxford Town Hall. The college is right in the center of the city and you can reach it by bus.


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