Primary and Secondary Schools

Guidance for teachers and group leaders

How do I book?

The University Church offers a wide choice of cross-curricular learning. Once you have chosen your workshop or theme, please contact the office at universitychurch@ox.ac.uk or 01865 279110 to enquire about availability, and to discuss the requirements of your group.

When planning your visit, please be aware that lunchtime Eucharist services take place daily between 12:00pm-1:00pm. We advise you not to visit at these times if you do not wish to take part in the service.

Pre-visits

We warmly invite group leaders and teachers to come for a pre-visit and meet a member of staff for an informal chat if possible. Contact our office on 01865 279110 or send an email to universitychurch@ox.ac.uk. If you are planning to visit the University Church at the weekend, please check the calendar for service times and note that we hold a Sunday service from 10:30-12:00 and 15:30-16:15 every Sunday.

Multi-Site Visits

The University Church is situated in central Oxford and close to other museums and heritage sites. We may be able to advise on visits to other sites nearby.

Visiting the Tower

The tower of the University Church offers stunning views over Oxford. Teachers are strongly advised to visit the tower before bringing a group of children. The steps are very narrow and steep and you may decide that they are not suitable for everyone in your group. Visits to the tower are not included in workshops and tours and may incur an extra cost. If you wish to visit the tower prior to a school visit, please contact the office on 01865279111 or universitychurch@ox.ac.uk. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted to climb the tower. 

It is easy to get to you?

We are easily accessible via public transport. The University Church is situated a 5-minute walk away from bus stops on High Street and St Aldate’s and a 10-15-minute walk away from Gloucester Green central bus station.

Please note that there are no parking facilities for coaches nearby. More information can be found here.

Is photography allowed?

Photography is allowed and teachers are encouraged to bring a camera to record key elements of their visits. Students are asked to use cameras before or after a guided workshop so as not to disturb the focus of the session.

Access

Groups with participants with restricted mobility are invited to visit the University Church. Group leaders should be aware that there are uneven surfaces and small steps within the building. The Old Library and the tower are situated up a steep flight of stairs with limited lift access. If you wish to bring a group with mobility issues, please contact the office to discuss how we can adapt your visit.