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Merton College

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Address: Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
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+44 1865 276310
14:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 14:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Founded in 1264 AD, Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. It is...

Founded in 1264 AD, Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. It is home to the oldest academic library in continuous use anywhere in Europe, which was built between 1373 and 1378. The buildings around the College span many time periods and illustrate several different architectural styles. The oldest buildings still standing date to the 1280s. The current student body comprises c. 700 students (equally divided between undergraduates and graduates). Open to tourists most days of the year. Charge £3. Regular tours available daily during the summer (July-September) at 2 and 3 pm. Bookings are recommended via the email address listed, though places are often available on the door. Charge £5 (£3 for Oxford University members and alumni with card), payable by cash or cheque only. If you are bringing a large group, please email us in advance. If you would like a tour of the college outside regular summer tour hours, please email in advance to determine availability.

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One of the most ancients

This college is one of the few where you have to pay to enter. The buildings are beautiful. The chapel is not really that unique. But it worth it.

Reviewed 2 February 2017
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

This college is one of the few where you have to pay to enter. The buildings are beautiful. The chapel is not really that unique. But it worth it.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

Merton is a tonic after its brash neighbour, Christ Church; small and pretty much perfect..close to the epicentre of Oxford Uni..must see

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Great architure and history. Beautuful college at the University of Oxford, over 750 years old. Well worth taking a tour.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This is another wonderful college worthy visiting. I am aware that Oxford is practically build of colleges and churches, but Merton College is one of these really worthy visiting.

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Jaipur, India
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

Merton College at Oxford University is there since 1264. Nobel Prize winners and cultural and scientific leaders, such as TS Eliot, JRR Tolkien, Andrew Wiles, etc are among the list of aluminise. Its architecture and gardens are beautiful. There is an entry fee of £3.00 per person, which includes a brochure containing a map of the College. entry is free... More 

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Reviewed 16 August 2016

A very informative tour given by a current student, who brought humour into her fact giving and made the place come alive (both past and present). Apart from a wander round the quads we saw the Chapel and the old Library which were both fascinating.

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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Saw the queue for Christ Church, went to Merton. In the Chapel, a master was tuning the piano; the acoustics were stunning. Very interesting College, a peaceful and enjoyable visit with few people. Very nice gardens. Far from the madding crowd ;-)

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Walk around Merton collage said to be the oldest collage in oxford university sadly my periscope did not save to my phone, however you can view it with the link here <a href="https://www.periscope.tv/JYparadoxchild/1DXxyZZynrvKM" target="_blank">Merton collage</a> <!--more--> On this trip I did not get to look around the collage chapel, which has the largest organ that i have ever seen in... More 

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

I recently stayed at Merton College at the University of Oxford. The trip was coordinated via Smithsonian Journeys. I've always wanted to go to Oxford and was finally able to take a class here. The dorm room was early '60s and the plumbing was, as one of the guides described it, 'dodgy'. But I wouldn't have changed a thing. The... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

A small but perfectly formed college worthy of attention for being the oldest college in Oxford or Cambridge. There is an argument but Merton has the oldest Royal Charter that is the template for all Oxbridge colleges. Its grounds are prize winning. The chapel is enormous and the quads are striking, especially Mob Quad. Go on the tour of the... More 

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