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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).
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My wife spent three weeks here a couple of years ago taking a course through a UC Berkeley summer program and we fell in love with the ambiance. The staff are very friendly and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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94 reviews 94 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My wife spent three weeks here a couple of years ago taking a course through a UC Berkeley summer program and we fell in love with the ambiance. The staff are very friendly and helpful but visitors are not encouraged as much in the winter when the students are present. The best time to visit Merton, one of the oldest... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Joel of Footprints Tours recommended a visit to Merton College - and we enjoyed it. A bonus was an organist practising on the new organ trying and out lots of stops. The T-shaped chapel (Joel will tell you why) is beautiful and how I wish I'd been clever enough to go to Oxford and have a place to live in... More 

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Oxford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Merton College (under Benjamin Nicholas) and The Queen's College (under Professor Owen Rees) have the two best mixed-voice college choirs in Oxford. I now strongly prefer to hear the college choirs with 20-year-old sopranos rather than 12-year-old (boy) trebles. There is little to choose between the quality of these two choirs - both are stunningly good. Both Merton and Queen's... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
40 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We only really got to poke our heads into the quadrangle during our ghost tour, but the architecture was great and there was a real sense of history. Very well looked after, full of grandeur and even the security guard had plenty of interesting facts to add to our ghost tour.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Not open all hours but it's worth the wait and a few pounds charge. Lovely chapel and gardens in inside, also some other buildings in the cloister.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a chapel choir not to be missed. The building is very atmospheric and the choir have a special sound.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

It's got a real tennis court with a unicorn painted on the wall, and you get a point if you hit it! Is there really anything more you need to know? Only in England!

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This college is as beautiful as the many buildings and you will visit in Oxford. If you have done the Bodleian, Christ Church and walked the Meadow, visited the free amazing museums -Pitt & Natural History at a minimum, go here. The chapel is just beautiful. I was lucky to be there when the organ was playing and I was... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

For a mere £5, one is transported back 800 years to experience the beauty and charm of an ancient learning institution together with the oldest operating library in the world. The Master providing the Tour was brilliantly qualified and had an excellent sense of humour. How lucky we are to have such a College.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

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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