About the cathedral
Although it is one of the smallest cathedrals in the Church of England, Christ Church Cathedral serves one of the largest dioceses. The building, dating from the twelfth century, was originally the monastic church for the Augustine followers of St. Frideswide.
In 1525, Cardinal Wolsey founded Cardinal College and the church became the college chapel. On Wolsey’s demise, Henry VIII took over the buildings which were re-founded as Christ Church in 1546, serving both as Cathedral to the newly created diocese of Oxford and as chapel to the College, part of the University of Oxford. This unique arrangement continues to this day.
The cathedral is a busy and vibrant place of worship and reflection. It provides the setting for a full calendar of artistic and cultural events as well as a welcome to the hundreds of thousands of tourists that visit Christ Church each year.