image for Film/TV Location item typeFilm/TV Location at Christ Church

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral


Visit the Stairway (top). The Philosopher’s Stone. Harry, Ron, Hermione and the other ‘first years’ walk up the grand stairway to Hogwarts to be met by Professor McGonagall under the magnificent gothic vaulted roof. It is here also that the 3 are reunited at the end of the film.

The Great Hall. One of the most famous rooms in Oxford became the inspiration for Hogwarts Dining Hall for all of the Harry Potter films. A studio set was created from photographs of the Tudor Great Hall and used for the film shoots. See if you can spot the similarities and differences!

The Stairway (bottom). Chamber of Secrets. Harry and Ron fly into Hogwarts in their Ford Anglia, climb these stairs and come face to face with Argus Filch. It is also the location used for the first meeting between Harry and Tom Riddle.

The Cloisters. Philosopher’s Stone Here Hermione shows Harry the trophy his father won as a seeker in Quidditch. The scene was shot just outside the current bookshop.

Film name: Harry Potter - The Philosopher’s Stone

Disabled toiletsGift shopFacilities for conferencing


St Aldate's,

  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Film/TV Location



See location of Christ Church on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SP 514059  Lat: 51.74945 Long: -1.25683

St Aldate's Oxford, OX1 1DP


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
  • YesRamp to entrance


  • Main visitor entrance - via permanent ramp. Alternative level entrance - via Tom Tower arched entrance over cobbles. Quads - Level and ramped. Hall and Picture Gallery inaccessible. Cathedral - ramped.