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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

Address: High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
Phone Number: 01865-279111
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Ranked #8 of 94 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a superb example of Church...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner 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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Worthing, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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54 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This church was an oasis of peace. Unfortunately when I visited I had to go and sit in the choir for that peace as some of the volunteers were having a good laugh amongst themselves which rather detracted from the atmosphere.

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Ratingen
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The folks at the Visitor's Center recommended that I take the stairs to the top of the church steeple. The GBP 4.00 entry fee and the climb to the top give you a fantastic overview of Oxford University and the City of Oxford. You can see over the walls of the various colleges into the courtyards beyond. I can recommend... More 

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Okehampton
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This church is interesting enough with all the history associated with it, and just outside it, displayed for avid history readers as soon as you walk through the doors. The view from the tower though is a must if you dont mind climbing the narrow spiral staircase. The photographic opportunities from the top are numerous, providing THE place to go... More 

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London
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14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We met a very nice volunteer guide in the church who explained all about the martyrs of Oxford, both Protestant and Catholic. I had been before and remembered the Cranmer pillar, but it was very thought provoking to see it again. What times they lived in!

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Brno, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

From the tower is beautiful view to Oxford university and all Oxford city. On the top goes about 130 stairs but the staircase is realy claustrophobic.

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surrey
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42 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

A wonderful view from the tower, but does get rather crowded on a clear fine day. The stairs are narrow at the top, but worth the climb. Take your camera/phone.

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Staffordshire
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

stunning views over the whole of oxford from the tower, not for those afraid of heights , the tower has a very very steep stone spiral staircase with just an old iron handrail, and no passing places

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Berkeley, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Beautiful, historic church. Sometimes they are practicing for concerts to be held later. It also has a nice mini-gift shop & cafe in back.

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North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I was there with family for a memorial service. Beautiful surroundings and the service was very meaningful.

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