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.
Christ Church Meadow Travel Tips
- 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.
How to Reach Christ Church Meadow
- 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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- The Old Tom
- St. Aldates Tavern
- The Bear Inn
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79.63% 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
Christ Church Meadow Reviews & Ratings
Without a doubt, the best landmark in Oxford. We spent about one hour there and it was a well worth it. £8 for an adult ticket, £7 for seniors. It is also conveniently located close to the botanical gardens, also quite an amazing place to visit.
Rather nice meadow. Pretty and with a lovely river winding along the edge. However, it would be better if the car park area wasn't so dusty, and if there was less construction work going on!
Accessible and a great walk along the Thames in Nice weather. Also seating and odd pub to get food and drinks. There's friendly ducks and you can watch the rowers doing their thing.
Lovely place for taking a walk! Stunning views looking back to Christ Church College. Make sure you know what time the gate closes and keep an eye on the time if you're out in the evening. I think 8.30pm is the current closing time.
Lovely place to go for a stroll. The area does get very busy on a nice summer's day...☀️🙂