The University of Oxford is not a campus university and the independently founded colleges are located throughout the city of Oxford, rather than on one central site. Each constituent college has its own administration and rules for the admittance of both students and visitors.
Christ Church is both Oxford University's largest College and the Cathedral Church for the Anglican Diocese of Oxford. Christ Church is a working academic and religious institution and some areas, including the Hall and the Cathedral, are closed at certain times of the day, occasionally without notice.
Worcester College was founded in 1714, but there has been an institution of learning on the site since the late 13th century. Its predecessor, Gloucester College, was founded in 1283 by the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter at Gloucester as a place of study for 13 monks.
Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is the most important museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Britain. The collections span the civilisations of east and west, charting the aspirations of mankind from the Neolithic era to the present day.
St Mary's is situated at the historic heart of the City and University of Oxford, with entrances both from the High Street and from Radcliffe Square. It is a lively church in the liberal catholic tradition of the Church of England.
Magdalen welcomes visitors throughout the year and the College is accessible at regular times of the day with particular facilities open for you to see. The principal areas of the College that are normally open are the Hall, Chapel and Old Kitchen Bar.
The Bodleian Library is a working library which forms part of the University of Oxford. It is housed in a remarkable group of buildings which form the historic heart of the University and you can explore the quadrangles of these magnificent structures at no charge.
A castle with a prison at its heart, the site has been a place of incarceration since 1071, continuing until the closure of Her Majesty’s Prison Oxford in 1996. Oxford Preservation Trust were awarded a £3.8 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the castle and buildings for future generations.
The 'College of the souls of all the faithful departed', commonly called All Souls College, was planned, built, and endowed in the 1430s by Henry Chichele, long-serving Archbishop of Canterbury. It received its foundation charter in 1438 from King Henry VI, co-opted by the Archbishop as the College's co-founder.
St John's was founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas White, a wealthy London merchant. White was Master of the Merchant Taylors' Company, and established a number of educational foundations including the Merchant Taylors' 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 (Thames). A herd of beautiful Longhorn cattle are maintained by Christ Church on the Meadow and spend most of the year there.
Founded in 1263, Balliol is one of Oxford’s oldest colleges; the oldest academic institution in the English-speaking world still on its original site; and almost certainly the oldest co-founded by a woman anywhere.
The tower of St Michael's is probably the oldest surviving building in Oxford, dating from about 1050 and rivalled only by the castle tower. Situated just within the old North Gate of the city and protected to the north by the city wall.
New College welcomes visitors to tour the buildings and gardens. As part of admission, you may be able to visit the Cloisters, Chapel, Hall, Gardens and the old City Wall. Access to all of these areas cannot be guaranteed as the College goes about its daily functioning.
Trinity College was founded as a training house for Catholic priests in the sixteenth century. The site of the college was originally chosen for its quiet, rural aspect. Trinity became a pillar of the Anglican establishment in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and a centre of educational reform in the nineteenth.