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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).
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A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING!

Another historic building in Oxford to see! We bought a painting ten years ago, not realising it is of Merton College, so seeing the College meant a lot to us. Many colleges have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Another historic building in Oxford to see! We bought a painting ten years ago, not realising it is of Merton College, so seeing the College meant a lot to us. Many colleges have the Proctors outside and if you're lucky, you'll be permitted to have a 'peek' inside the grounds! Enjoy!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Have visited this lovely college twice and the new Dobson organ is probably the finest in Oxford - worth going to a concert or service to hear it!

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Merton College is in an ideal location, along the quiet and cobbled Merton Street, just off the High Street. It was founded in 1264, and was the first college to be formed with statutes as a teaching community, rather than simply a place for housing scholars. Whe entering the college, you find yourself in Front Quad, which is probably the... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 276310
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford

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