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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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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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Beautiful place to visit

This is a must see if you are in the area. As its the oldest college in Oxford is it beautiful and real interesting to see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Thomas K
Liverpool, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see if you are in the area. As its the oldest college in Oxford is it beautiful and real interesting to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No visit to Oxford would be complete without a visit to Merton one of the most ancient of the colleges. From its lovely"Mob Quad" the oldest in Oxford to the lovely view of Merton Field and Christ Church meadows this is a must see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Merton is one of the University's oldest colleges and frequently featured on Inspector Morse. The quads are typically beautiful, and the chapel is lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Merton has the distinction of being the oldest college of Oxford, receiving its first statutes in 1264. It is also the home of the University's oldest quad, Mob Quad, with its east range turret that is part of the treasury (c. 1304-1307) and the west range with its upper floor library (c. 1371-1378). The gateway (1418) leading into the college... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

We fell in love with Merton when a tutor who happened to be passing started to chat with us and gave a free tour. He was very nice and we were taken back by how welcoming he was. He talked about the college with such passion and talked us through is history and campus. The buildings were beautiful and very... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I have been to the advent Carol service here a few times as well as at other colleges but keep returning here as the whole service is so beautiful. The service is held in candlelight in the lovely chapel. The choir sings exquisitely and it is heart-lifting to hear the crashing chords of 'Wachet Auf' from the organ to herald... More 

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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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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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