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Christ Church is a unique institution, one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford and the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford. It has a world famous Cathedral Choir; scholarly collections of books and art; and is enjoyed by many people as visitors or guests at conferences and Summer schools. Christ Church Meadow is a large area of tranquil pasture in the heart of the busy city of Oxford, owned and maintained by Christ Church and bordering the rivers Cherwell and Isis.

A herd of beautiful Longhorn cattle are maintained by Christ Church on the Meadow and spend most of the year there. The Meadow is open to the public until dusk each day, and provides opportunities for picnics and river walks. It can be entered through the Memorial Garden entrance on St Aldates, through a gate between Merton College and Corpus Christi on Merton Lane, or through a gate at the eastern end of the Meadow next to the Botanic Gardens. Visitors are asked to note the rules about access to and use of the Meadow which are posted at the entrances.

Christ Church is delighted to provide part of the route of the Oxford Half Marathon through Christ Church Meadow. We are committed to encouraging members of the wider public to visit our buildings and grounds and we are particularly keen to support local sporting activities which promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

Christ Church is open throughout the year. Please visit for our opening hours and entry prices, forthcoming events and Cathedral services.

Memorial Gardens 2010