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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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Amazing tower views.

A fairly normal church but the £4 to go up the tower for 360° views above oxford is well worth the climb the steps start easy enough but the last spiral staircase is a bit of a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A fairly normal church but the £4 to go up the tower for 360° views above oxford is well worth the climb the steps start easy enough but the last spiral staircase is a bit of a workout but worth it for the great views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Very old and historic church, love historical churches anyway this was calming and spiritual. lovely.

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Climbing to the top of the tower, although hard work, is well worth it. The views over the city are terrific and seeing into many of the college grounds is a bonus. Not to be missed.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Oxford University has history and heritage that has benefited the world. If you want to have a good viewpoint of Oxford University and environs, you can't go past St. Mary's Church Tower. Not only do you get a good view, but the church itself is full of history, including a moving plaque to the church martyrs during the Reformation.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Oxford has a couple of great viewpoints, but this one beats them all. This church is in the enviable position of being beside some of the most attractive buildings in the city. The £4 required to climb the tower is well worth it. Up beside the multiple spires and gargoyles you will have unrivalled views of the Radcliffe Camera directly... More 

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Leicester UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This place came recommended to me, and with good reason! Excellent cafe, good tea and probably the best cake in Oxford!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Our morning wander started from climbing something around 60steps in order to admire beautiful view over Oxford city centre :) well recommended !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This history church should not be missed. A pamphlet inside the church marks the significance in history. Great stain glass window. There is an extra fee to go up to the dome. This gives one a great view of Oxford from all sides. The gargoyles up close add to the fun. Have your camera ready!

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The history of this church is astounding. Elizabeth I visited here and it is where the University was born. No trip to Oxford should be complete without seeing this place. For a small charge you could climb to the top of the tower, however on the day we visited, we chose to sit for a while in the calm serenity... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

If you are visiting Oxford for the first time then this has to be on your must list of things to do and visit. Oxford is awash with marvellous buildings that are steeped in history that our country has to offer. This church is perhaps in the centre of the great beautiful buildings around it and the £4 to go... More 

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