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Address: Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 276310
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Description: 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.
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One of the oldest colleges in Oxford

Wonderful college and one of the oldest at Oxford. Gardens are wonderful and the buildings are lovely.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Wonderful college and one of the oldest at Oxford. Gardens are wonderful and the buildings are lovely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful buildings and amazing gardens. Would have liked to see inside the hall but it wasn't open to visitors when we went.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We loved hearing about the college and their traditions. We didn't manage to go inside but it was very interesting walking through all the quads.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

If you can stay in Merton, or get a guided tour round - do it. A truly wonderful old college, with classic Oxford architecture, stunning quads, glorious gardens, and a seriously impressive chapel. The choir are pretty good too if you get a chance to go to a sung service. One of the real gems here is the library, but... More 

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Schenectady
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Immerse yourself in Tolkien and imagine him strolling the grounds thinking up names for a beloved Hobbit. Gorgeous gardens.

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Prestwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A lovely college to look around and the oldest one of all. Excellent location, just off the high street, amazing architecture and wonderful church building.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Very old and historic college, tucked away near the botanical gardens. There are lovely grounds. TS Elliot once passed by and the College has claimed him. Apparently fun goes to die here, if you are a student....

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Gorey, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Another historic building in Oxford to see! We bought a painting ten years ago, not realising it is of Merton College, so seeing the College meant a lot to us. Many colleges have the Proctors outside and if you're lucky, you'll be permitted to have a 'peek' inside the grounds! Enjoy!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Have visited this lovely college twice and the new Dobson organ is probably the finest in Oxford - worth going to a concert or service to hear it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Merton College is in an ideal location, along the quiet and cobbled Merton Street, just off the High Street. It was founded in 1264, and was the first college to be formed with statutes as a teaching community, rather than simply a place for housing scholars. Whe entering the college, you find yourself in Front Quad, which is probably the... More 

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Address: Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 276310
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford

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