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Merton College

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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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We stayed here through the Oxford/Berkeley Program

We lived here for 3 weeks. Fantastic medieval looking place. Incredible gardens, library and dining hall. I think there is a tour of the medieval library most days at 2 PM and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

GREAT outdoor pics but charges 3pounds to walk into a very small quad so we didn't bother, wouldn't have minded pay 1 pound but any more wasn't worthwhile

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We lived here for 3 weeks. Fantastic medieval looking place. Incredible gardens, library and dining hall. I think there is a tour of the medieval library most days at 2 PM and 3 PM. Well worth it.

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Went to Merton College for an organ recital. The Dobson organ is fantastic and the recitalist did the instrument justice. We were warmly welcomed by the chapel verger. The surroundings of Merton are very special and beautifully kept. The gardens are wonderful to walk around. Merton is well worth a visit, particularly the chapel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

By chance we stopped to look at Merton, paid the most reasonable £3 entrance and gad the college almost to ourselves which was in contrast to the hordes trying to get into Christ Church. Merton is just lovely historic old Cotswold stone, various quads, lots of gargoyles, carved astrology signs inside an arch, peaceful and stunning. Go there, you won't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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

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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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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