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Merton College

Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
+44 1865 276310
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Ranked #21 of 101 Attractions in Oxford
Type: Educational Sites
Owner description: Founded in 1264 AD by Walter de Merton, Merton College is one of the three oldest of the Oxford colleges and has approximately 350 undergraduate and... more » Owner description: Founded in 1264 AD by Walter de Merton, Merton College is one of the three oldest of the Oxford colleges and has approximately 350 undergraduate and 350 postgraduate members. It is home to the oldest academic library in continuous use in Europe, which was built between 1373 and 1378. The oldest buildings still standing on the site date to the late 1280s, although Merton's buildings display many and varied architectural styles due to its continuous evolution as a academic institution and traditional Oxford college. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Merton was a real surprise - all colleges have a different atmosphere and we had just been to a busy christchurch. At Merton you pay your measly £3 and step back into a contemplative mediaeval quiet We had the chapel to ourselves with its stunning mediaeval ceiling and glass, and the only people who left and came in were 2... More

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

After Magdalen (for which I have a bias, it must be admitted), this is my favourite Oxford College. Beautiful architecture, lovely setting and enchanting atmosphere

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We turned up for the hour-long for £5 tour after seeing it on a noticeboard in the Porters Lodge - good job we called in because the Tourist Info hadn't heard of it! Our tour guide was a student (didn't catch his name, sorry!) and he was excellent, he knew the place inside out, and seemed very grateful that we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We arranged a private tour of the Merton Library...oldest library in constant use in the West...maybe the world. The smell of the old leather bindings was just amazing! What history!

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

It's a gorgeous place and one of my favorite colleges. You should definitely go visit it. The buildings are really pretty and being close to Christ Church College it offers a nice view on both of the gardens' colleges.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Went to sing and was amazed at the place. Had tea in the Great hall which was an experience to remember.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I am just crazy about the sheer age of both the college and the immediate area surrounding this gothic beauty. To the left of the chapel, keep a look out for the clever grass and weed garden : beautifully nurtured to retain it's natural look. The rest of the gardens are beautifully manicured. Spring is here - it's going to... More

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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Merton College Chapel is celebrating its 750th anniversary, has a brand, spanking new Dobson organ installed and has a choir that is rapidly establishing itself as something very special indeed. If you get the chance to hear them sing, particularly in the beautiful old chapel, make the effort whether it is for a concert or just the 'normal' liturgical music.... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

When in Oxford, especially in spring or summer, there is a wonderful little side garden, left of the chapel : it is well manicured but with a difference as it is left in a carefully nurtured wild state with grasses and pretty weeds bending in the breeze. The other more public gardens are so well tended and well established. I... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The uniqueness of this college is it's age which was started in 1260. Amazing that this aged building is still standing and still being used. Unfortunately we were not able to visit the chapel because of renovation.

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