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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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Climb was steep but the view was great. My first opportunity to photograph gargoyles from above them. Don't do this unless you're young/good shape. We are late 60's...decidedly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Climb was steep but the view was great. My first opportunity to photograph gargoyles from above them. Don't do this unless you're young/good shape. We are late 60's...decidedly oldest up there. We're always the oldest.

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Schenectady
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

For an educator, this is an amazing place to see where the Oxford halls of learning began. It's awe-inspiring, especially if you climb to the top of the tower.

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Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Wonderful church in which graduations took place before the building of the Sheldonian. you can walk up to the balcony on the tower to get unrivalled views of the city, although at £4 for a senior citizen this seemed a little steep (and the spiral stone staircase is certainly steep!); the tower is not for the faint-hearted!

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The Oxford movement - the pulpit where Cardinal Newman preached is featured in this church. One "chapel" contains an interactive computer program with useful information on how, over the centuries, the room was utilized...from printing workshop, to arms supply to spiritual sanctuary.

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Stockholm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Nice to see the inside of University Church of St Mary the Virgin. I took the opportunity to have some tea and scones in the cafe nearby, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Incredible views. A must see. You can view all of oxford from up above and it is really quite magnificent! If you have the time do go!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The climb to the top of the tower of St. Mary's is hard - the steps on the spiral staircase seem to get narrower - but it's worth it for the view over the city. The cafe in the crypt (and its garden) is also worth a visit. After climbing up and down (coming down is harder!) we sat outside... More 

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It is well worth going up the tower, there is a cafe and view is amazing! History is packed in there and we could feel it, worth a visit while you around in Oxford...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

For a photo buff like me a visit to the spire is a must. Lots of steps but the views over the college buildings and the town are breathtaking.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a beautiful church, we were lucky enough to be there when there was a rehersal for a choir and music event later that day. The tower is a must - the views over Oxford are wonderful.

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Address: High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
Phone Number: 01865-279111
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford

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