Christ Church MeadowCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
Christ Church Meadow is a popular walking and picnic spot, offering a quaint environment and scenic views. The meadow periphery meets Riven Thames, River Cherwell and Christ Church. The lower sections of the pasture, closer to Thames, are used for cattle grazing and the other end is used as sports fields. Oxford’s main rowing events are annually held at the Thames near the meadow.
The medieval royal pretender, John Deydras, claimed to have been tricked by the devil at the Christ Church Meadow into impersonating Edward the Second. The place is also the site of the first hot air balloon ride by an Englishman in 1784. The Christ Church Meadow is the property of Christ Church and visitors are allowed access during the day through its multiple entrances.
Take long walks along the river and explore the Broad Walk, north of Christ Church. The Thames bank offers amazing views of the colleges. The meadow is grazed by Long Horn Cattle. The Church also maintains a rare breed of sheep on the greens.
Spend some time in the open spaces of this meadow and you will come out appreciating the brooding, contemplative moods of the English poets.
- The only disabled access is through the war memorial garden at St Aldates.
- If you are planning to visit the Christ Church, do so before you explore the meadows because the former tends to have long queues.
- By Bus: St Aldates (Stop H2) – 23, 300. St Aldates (Stop H5) – Oxford Tube, OXF, T1, X1, X1C, X2 , X32, X33, X34, X39, X40, X90.
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82.52% of people who visit Oxford include Christ Church Meadow in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
47.83% of people start their Christ Church Meadow visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Christ Church Meadow
73.45% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Christ Church Meadow
Fantastic free day out with the family! Great place for a picnic in the centre of the city taking you away from the hustle and the bustle! Beautiful views abundance of plants and wildlife, lovely walk along the river watching all the people attempting to punt! The only downfall is lack of toilet facilities in the vicinity and it can be difficult to manoeuvre if you have a wheelchair or pushchair.
The views across the meadow are absolutely stunning. It really is a lovely place for a walk, run or cycle during the four seasons and it’s especially nice by the river watching the punts go by. During the summer months it’s busier, but it’s nice walk to or from the Head of the River public house or the University botanical gardens. It’s also very popular place to have a picnic during the spring & summer months.
This place is very beautiful. Lots of tourists but still calm and quiet
The church it’s beautiful, all the rooms and the corridors are great and well treated. The staff it’s very helpful and friendly, they give you information if you ask, always with a smile on the face! For an Harry Potter’s lover it’s an amazing experience! The shop it’s very full and not too expensive. The only problem is that the church opens at two o'clock and then, if you have not booked before, you have to get around one, which, under the sun, is not really comfortable.
It's ideal place in the Christ church college where students can study in day light and has got panoramic view of the college hostel