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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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One of the best views of the 'dreaming spires'

Climb up St Mary's Tower for a stunning view of the Rad cam and all soul's college- a must for all tourists wanting their Oxford snap- but popular with students as well as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Climb up St Mary's Tower for a stunning view of the Rad cam and all soul's college- a must for all tourists wanting their Oxford snap- but popular with students as well as something cheap but nice to do for a quick trip out. I personally found this view prettier than the view from Carfax tower, even though admittedly you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Again, another one of those places in Oxford I visit on a regular basis. The church itself is beautiful and full of history, ie Cranmere, Robert Dudley's wife etc. and the glass windows are superb. Going up is great fun if you don't mind climbing into the nooks and crannies to let people pass, and the donkey among the grotesques... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Our first visit to this special church, which has unique and fascinating historical connections to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer who preached there not long before he was burned at the stake for heresy in c.1555, in nearby The Broad, to became one of the three Oxford Martyrs. We could not climb to the roof for the views, but we spent a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The climb up the tower alone is worth a visit to the church of St. Mary. For £ 4 or £3seniors you get incredible 360 degree views of the dreaming spires of Oxford. The stairs up are a bit steep and narrow but very doable by anyone in any reasonable shape. You get to look up and down the length... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

An imposing building on The World's most beautiful street "The High Street" Oxford. Often church services are held here and there is now a restaurant to the the rear. Access to the tower is from inside and takes you up a winding tiny staircase, where the stone steps have seen thousands of feet over hundreds of years make the ascent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Very historic, an interesting building. Shame some of the gravestones are illegible. Could do with a bit more information on display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Was glad we went inside although we didn't pay to go in the tower. wooden paddles lying about give historical info

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

You should not spare your £4 to climb to the tower top. The walkway up there is narrow and you get to squeeze around with others. Another kind of venture. Get an almost 360° view of Oxford from the top.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I am terrified of heights, but the church steeple was worth the cost and fear! The views of Oxford are beautiful. Being near the gargoyles was a highlight for me, as I adore Gothic architecture! The stained glass windows were breathtaking also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The Vault is under the church facing Radcliffe Square and Camera. An iconic setting and very peaceful away from the High St. Good selection of homemade dishes and you can eat in or outside. Refectory atmosphere inside. Afternoon tea was nice with real teapots, preheated cups and warm scones. Only downside was the jam was so runny it poured out... More 

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