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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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Address: High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
Phone Number: 01865-279111
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Description: Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a...
Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a superb example of Church Architecture from the 13th century.
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Incredible view!!!

I am ever so grateful my friend took me for a visit there, because the view from the tower is just beyond beautiful. Words such as "stunning" and "breathtaking" don't feel good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I am ever so grateful my friend took me for a visit there, because the view from the tower is just beyond beautiful. Words such as "stunning" and "breathtaking" don't feel good enough to describe the amazing view. The stairs, narrow and steep, were a bit scary, so those who dislike heights might find it hard to climb. The thought... More 

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Cleveland, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A beautiful Church and well worth a visit. A guide is available to give the history. I chose to climb the tower. Not a wise move for someone suffering vertigo. There are many stairs of different kinds. Wooden. An outdoor metal grill set. The stone steps in the spiral staircase ... these are narrow and the staircase does not allow... More 

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Anand, Gujarat
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

It was a nice opportunity to be at the college and move around the place. Could not see the dining place because it was under repait, but the place is worth visiting.

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Had a weekend away with friends and paid to climb to the top. The views were just spectacular, really took my breath away, great views right round, perfect for taking photos. The church itself was lovely too, some great stonework. A word of warning - we went late on a friday afternoon and there were only a handful of people... More 

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Sevenoaks District, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Lovely views from the tower. Only £4 to go up. Some very narrow steps near the top. Some very interesting history on the church clock.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If you want to climb a tower to see the towers of Oxford this one is in the heart of it and has great views. There is a modest fee to climb it. The stone stairs are very steep and narrow but there is an iron rail to grip. I came down backwards as well. People can't pass on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

this is a very popular place, with a good range of sensible food, reasonably priced and service good despite the crowd.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Although there are many towers in Oxford only three can be climbed and this tower affords the best views. The church itself (free entry!) is large and very interesting and it's well worth paying the small fee to climb the tower to get some amazing views of Oxford. There are some good views of the interior from the gallery at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Yes, it's just another church. It's lovely, the architecture is wonderful. Considering who was attended services in this building over the centuries is awe inspiring, and sets it apart from many of the other lovely churches in the UK>

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We saw people up on the tower and for some bizarre reason, thought it would be a good idea.. The steps are tiny and steep and the ramparts were extremely narrow but if you don't mind that, the views are fantastic!!

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