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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
01865-279111
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Ranked #10 of 97 attractions in Oxford
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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Cambridge
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The only reason for three stars is the lack of organisation. The stairs are obviously very narrow and at times, with people coming up and down, it was a little worrying. People were very polite, and attempted to squash themselves into the wall but if you don't fancy pressing yourself up against total strangers this isn't for you :-) Views... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Here is a remarkable Church where many famous people have preached memorable sermons over the centuries. Its elegant architecture makes this a place of confident prayer and worship.

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

An excellent view not to be missed. the second half of the climb is quite a narrow space and we had to squeeze through people once on top. Quite a challenge if you are claustrophobic but we lived through it and enjoyed it too..

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This church has been built for 1000 years, yet it is still beautifully preserved. The architectural design is very gorgeous. It is located in the city center, so it wont be hard to find when you go to Oxford. It is a must visit attraction when you are in Oxford

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Loughton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The views from the church tower are fantastic. You can walk all the way around the tower for a 360 degree view of various colleges, Radcliffe's Camera and some really historic houses and shops. Well worth the climb. The church oozes history too and the curators were friendly and happy to chat.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I only went into the church and didn't pay the admission fee to the tower. Of all the churches that I visited that day, that one was the most memorable. It feels like a bit of a hodgepodge of architecture but is quite large. There was an organist practicing which was very atmospheric.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Entrance to the tower costs £4 but for the view from the top it is totally worth it! Oxford is beautiful and this is surely the best way to see it No tour as such but there is information available so you can take it in at your own pace My only suggestion sort our some sort of system for... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The food is well thought out and way above the standard of a tourist café. We had a delicious meal, in the very old University Church. Excellent value. Look forward to going back again.

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

Brilliant views, get there early to avoid the queues. Nice coffee shop in the church grounds too. Not too many steps but the one's nearer the top get quite narrow. Well worth the £4 entrance fee.

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Orlando, Florida
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Even though the title says it all, I can add that walking inside the church is free. Make sure you stop here.

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