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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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The views from the tower are the reason to visit

The church is interesting, but from a visitors point of view the views from the tower are the main reason for the visit, which are great. Be aware of the need to climb many steps... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The church is interesting, but from a visitors point of view the views from the tower are the main reason for the visit, which are great. Be aware of the need to climb many steps and that space is limited at the top.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! Breathtaking views in all four directions from the top of the historic tower. Definitely worth the £4 price. I wouldn't recommend if you get claustrophobic though due to the narrow spiral staircase. The cafe on the ground floor, Vaults & Garden, offers very tasty, original dishes - particularly good for vegetarians.

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Thank HarveyMarch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You need to go up the tower , the view is fantastic! The church is also quite good. Definitely worth all the stairs!

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no shortage of buildings to visit in Oxford and this centrally located church is worth a brief visit. It is very big but rather plain inside. The main attraction is the tower but it was very cold and cloudy when we visited so are saving this for another visit. The upper gallery is open to the public and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice church. I loved to look at the painted windows - the details and colour are amazing :) Going up the tower is also a must do - assuming you like narrow spiral staircase. It give a good view and the city landscape and nearby universities. It can get a bit windy up there so pick a nice day... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Church itself is beautiful, but is not one of the best in Town. What make this attraction standing out from the others is the tower. The view from the top (not really the edge though) is outstanding...probably the best view of the town you can have. The stairs for the ascend of the tower are steep and narrow. I... More 

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Thank Estueban
Oxford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely church and one of the few places where you can get right up close to a painted glass window and see the brilliance of the craftsmen.

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Thank DrTimO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tower of University Church is a great place to visit. The church is free of admission, the tower coat 4 pound per person to go up. The staircase was very narrow, steep and running both ways near the top after the clock room. But the view on top was great, you can see pretty much everything from the top,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a freezing day when we went, but this is well worth a visit. You can climb the tower for a view of the "Dreaming Spires", but it was in cloud and we did not. Amazing stained glass, organ, ancient original woodwork, woodworm and all. Go look, but pick a warm and clear day.

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I climbed St Mary's tower and was not disappointed. You will see amazing views of Radcliffe Camera, the University and Oxford itself. It cost £4. I would go either early in the morning or before it closed to avoid queues though as the staircases are only wide enough for one person. Avoid if you are claustrophobic and leave the high... More 

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