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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
01865-279111
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Ranked #9 of 101 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
Description: 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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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Those tiny circular stairs are treacherous, and when you get to the top, prepare to share a very narrow passage way with other tourists. The view is spectacular.

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Bath
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Lovely church in the heart of Oxford and once you have climbed up to the roof, I think you can get the best views of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I am not a Christian but this is a wonderful place. The design is spendid with the peace of background music (organ) playing as we walked around and sat on one of the benches.

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My husband went up St Mary's tower; i did not, due to back problems, but this meant that after walking around this fascinating place so filled with history I was able to rest quietly in a pew, when a your music student came in and began playing the great organ. Amazing. Of course at certain times of day it gets... More

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I went up on the roof. The view of Oxford was very nice and clear. The way to go up is quite narrow but manageable.

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Boblingen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The view of St. Mary's Church was great, only the systems of going up or downstairs was a little scary... 'cause there came other people up or downstairs and than we had to look how to manage this. And there was no system od entrance, for the people who waited for going upstairs. 'cause there was no queue.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

So nice for the church to be open for tours. For a price, you can climb up for superb views of Oxford and the countryside of Oxfordshire. Excellent place to wander.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A beautiful old church in the middle of busy oxford. It is stunning inside, you can go right up to the top on the roof for a fabulous view of the city. There are guided tours if you want to join in.

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North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A lovely tranquil church open to the public on The High in Oxford. A short climb up to its clock-tower gives spectacular views across the rooftops of this city and into the surrounding prestigious university colleges. The cafe below serves great tea and ice creams to recover from your climb!

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I've been up this tower before but a good 7 years ago now and took the boyfriend on his birthday weekend. The climb is not pleasant once you're in the tower bit as it's quite tight and on a very hot day it's quite stuffy. However, on a day with clear blue skies, the view is so so worth it!... More

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