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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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Just another church?

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A very impressive building with a great feeling of peace. Good interactive features. We were lucky to stop & listen to a very good Berlioz concert rehearsal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Great views of the city, though the Carfax tower has these too and was a bit cheaper when I went. The church itself is lovely to walk around, with some pretty impressive stained glass windows. I even saw Terry Wogan filming something outside, but I don't think he's a permanent exhibit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This lovely church is situated on the High Street and has recently undergone a 5 million pound renovation. It's relatively small, very beautiful and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Four pounds will allow you to climb up to the belltower, with a view into an intriguing large upper room on route - apparently it used to be a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The church is beautiful and situated on the High Street. The staff in the shop were very friendly and chatty, very well informed. We climbed the tower and enjoyed amazing views across the city, well worth the climb. You have to get up close and personal on the stairs if there is someone heading up as you are descending or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This has to be the place to view Oxford from above. it costs £4 each or £12 for a family to climb to the top of the tower. Pay at the gift shop at the Radcliffe Square entrance. This is the place to buy your souvenirs. They are the best quality and are the cheapest around. On the way up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

One of the best recommendations we had when visiting Oxford. £4 each, only takes 20 mins or so and there is not much room, but a great way to see the beautiful city and get a look at the colleges and city from afar. Money well spent, even for the short amount of time it fills. Make sure you walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I've been here twice: Summer (July 2014)/Spring (March 2015) - If planning to see this site in the summer, go early in the morning (i.e. when it first opens) to avoid the crowds. Overall: -£4: reasonable cost - Great views of the city (especially the Radcliffe Camera) -Clock mechanism room provides a nice break from climbing the steps and some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I visited in March 2015. Entrance fee to the viewing tower was £4. Some of the steps to the top are quite steep so something to bear in mind, but the views from the top are really lovely. When I visited there wasn't any large crowds which made the experience far more enjoyable than I was expecting.

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