Frequently Asked Questions
When is the tower open?
Tower opening times are Monday – Saturday 10.00am-5.30pm and Sunday 12.00pm-5.30pm.
Where can I buy a ticket?
Tickets may be purchased online or from the reception desk at the High Street entrance. If you buy your ticket on the door, you may pay by cash or card. Each ticket allocates the ticket-holder a set entry timeslot which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. No concessions are available.
How long does it take to climb to the top of the tower?
It takes just over a minute to ascend to the ringing chamber and another minute and a half to ascend to the viewing platform. Tower tickets will have a set entry timeslot and the visit will last for a maximum of 15 minutes to ensure the safety of all visitors to the Tower. Each group of five visitors will be instructed to begin the climb to the Tower at the set time. They will be met by a member of staff in the ringing chamber and asked to wait until visitors currently at the top of the Tower descend. They will then be asked to continue the climb. After 10 minutes at the top they will be asked to descend and exit the church.
How accessible is the tower?
Please note that access to the tower is only via a 127-step medieval turret staircase. Some of the steps are steep and worn. Persons with heart conditions or pre-existing medical conditions, mobility difficulties or any condition where the effort of climbing is considered hazardous should refrain from attempting this climb. You are required to exercise due care and attention during your visit and to move around the University Church at all times with proper regard for your safety.
Can children visit the tower?
Children under the age of 8 are not permitted to climb the tower. All children aged 8-15 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult (anyone aged 18 or over) when accessing the Tower. All such children must remain under the control and supervision of a person aged 18 or over at all times.
What safety measures has the University Church put in place in response to the Coronavirus pandemic?
We take your health and safety very seriously. The University Church has put a number of safety measures in place to help keep visitors and staff safe, in line with guidance from the government. A one-way system has been introduced with entry through the High Street door and exit through the Radcliffe Square door. Foot-operated Hand Sanitisers are available at the entrance to the church and to the tower, as well as the café. Our staff and clergy will eb available to welcome you during your visit wearing face visors or masks. Visitors are also expected to wear masks in the building, particularly in the shop and tower. Cleaning protocols are in place to ensure that the University Church is cleaned at regular intervals throughout the day. Tickets for the tower may be bought in advance to curtail queues. Numbers within the church, the shop and the tower are limited to ensure appropriate social distancing (1 metre plus).
Are toilets and baby-changing facilities available?
We regret that toilets and baby-changing facilities are not available to the public. The nearest public toilets (including baby-changing facilities) are located in Market Street (by the Covered Market) and are open daily from 7.30am – 9.00pm.
Can I visit the University Church for free?
It is possible to enter the church and to experience the University Church for free. The Chancel is reserved for private prayer. There is a modest charge if you wish to light a candle.
Can I bring food and drink into the University Church?
Unfortunately food and drink cannot be consumed inside the University Church.
Do you have a café?
The Vaults and Garden café is located at the foot of the tower and offers breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
Can I take photos?
Yes, provided they are for personal use and not commercial purposes. Please note that photography, audio and video recording is not permitted during services.
Can I take photos for commercial purposes?
Any commercial photography requires the prior written permission of the Vicar of the University Church. This includes the recording of any images and/or sound for commercial purposes and the uploading onto the internet or any online publishing of any material created or recorded in the University Church. All commercial image-use rights in all images created inside the University Church remain the property of the Parochial Church Council. To discuss commercial photography contact the Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I film at the University Church?
While short clips for social media and online blogs are fine, filming for any documentary, project, advert or commercial venture is not permitted without the full written permission of the Vicar of the University Church. To discuss filming projects, please contact the Administrator: email@example.com.
Can I use a drone around the University Church?
No. Drone use for any purpose is strictly forbidden and drones may not enter any airspace within 100 metres of the building and of Radcliffe Square. Failure to adhere to this may result in prosecution.
Can I bring my luggage into the University Church?
Wheeled bags, and bags larger than hand luggage are not permitted in the University Church. There are a number of left luggage facilities in the city. Please note that due to increased national security levels, random bag searches may be carried out when you enter the University Church.
How do I get to the University Church?
The Church is located on the High Street in Oxford. Visitors are encouraged to use the Park and Ride facility. If using public transport to visit the church, please be aware that face coverings must be worn when using public transport in England.