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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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Address: High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
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+44 1865 279111
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Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a...

Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a superb example of Church Architecture from the 13th century.

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Interesting church

There are numerous information boards around the church to keep the visitor all informed of its history. There are excellent views from the top of the tower of you are prepared... read more

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Alton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are numerous information boards around the church to keep the visitor all informed of its history. There are excellent views from the top of the tower of you are prepared for a steep climb.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited on a quiet week-day morning, and had the views all to ourselves for several minutes. Well-worth doing on a sunny day.

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Tiburon, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the view across the rooftops, and the staircase climb is singular and narrow. It is a squeeze in the viewing area with just a few people.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the struggle to climb the stairs of the tower for great views across Oxford and beyond. The Vault Cafe is then a great place to recover serving good freshly prepared food.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

So you can climb the spire almost to the top (lots of fun - 4 pounds per adult), but pause at the frist landing in the tower as this was the place of the first committee of OXFAM - the world famous charity. The views at the top are great, but this place reinforces the sense that every where you... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're keen on ascending narrow, winding stairs to look at the most amazing view of Oxford, go ahead and stop by here. It's worth the £4.00 to take a look at what views the steeple provides. At the top, it gets a bit narrow, so be ready to inch by strangers and nestle yourself into whatever crevice you find... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 436 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is a real peach of a free attractions with guides to assisst you and be sure to visit the gift shop.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting church in itself, but primarily the tower gives commanding views of Oxford - particularly Radcliffe Square. Bear in mind that the climb to the tower is very narrow in the latter stage, and would be unpleasant for anyone with claustrophobia if many people are ascending/descending. Church is free but tower is £4. Worth it for the views.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent views over the city of Oxford. The cost is £4.00 each and the climb not too demanding and it is well worth it

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Allison Park
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

We enjoyed a look-around the beautiful church and bought a few things from the excellent and reasonably priced small gift shop. However, the best thing was to climb the steps up the steeple to get great views of Oxford and because we had a beautiful day, excellent photos.

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