Christ Church College and Cathedral

Christ Church College and Cathedral

Founded in 1546 Christ Church College is the University’s largest College and is home to Oxford’s 12th century Christ Church Cathedral. Author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll was a don here and based his stories of Alice on the children of the Dean.

Christ Church holds an important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings which are kept in its purpose-built Picture Gallery – including works by Albrecht Dürer and Leonardo da Vinci.

The Cathedral has a world-famous choir which, although 500 years old, is famous for the youthfulness of its sound and its adventurous musical approach.

Christ Church College provided the location for many Harry Potter scenes. The staircase was used to film the famous entrance scene where Professor McGonagall meets Harry, Ron and Hermione. The Tudor Great Dining Hall was used as an inspiration for the great Hogwarts Dining Hall. The hallways of Christ Church were also used to film the scene in which Hermione shows Harry the Quidditch trophy his father won.

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