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Merton College

Address: Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 276310
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Ranked #14 of 93 Attractions in Oxford
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Berkeley, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

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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Southport
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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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111 reviews 111 reviews
21 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
53 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
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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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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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scotland west
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Aledo, TX
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193 reviews 193 reviews
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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