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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
01865-279111
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Ranked #9 of 99 attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Southend-on-Sea, England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Blew my breath away, choir was practising when we were there and the stained glass windows were amazing.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful church Not as peaceful as I would have liked it to be as it was full to the rafters with tourists,probably better to visit on a weekday

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Hudson, Ohio
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Lovely old church - believe Peter Wimsey was married here. Has a nice café with inside and outside seating.

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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It is one of the oldest churches in England with magnificent interior full of light. What I liked the most is the13th-century bell tower of the the church: climbing to the top is really worth the effort. It is not a difficult ascent at all and a reward is something not to miss: you will get an open view of... More

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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

What I liked about this place was that it was not only beautiful but had clearly been at the centre of things with religious who had been politically aware and were important in trying to generate equality

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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47 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is a beautiful church and when we visited there was someone playing the organ which was very atmospheric. There is the option to climb up the tower, a small shop and cafe.

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Derbyshire
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48 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

A lovely church with some interesting pieces to see. Free entry and just a couple of quid to climb the tower. It's quite narrow and there is only one set of steps so it's the same route up and down the tower. I'd recommend getting there early, opens at 9.30 and trying to do a weekday rather than a weekend.... More

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Hutchinson, Kansas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The Church was very interesting. My daughter and I enjoyed looking around the church and reading some of the history. The woman in the small gift shop was friendly.

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I was visiting Oxford with my friend. We entered the church and bought two tickets (I guess £4 pp) to climb the tower. I was amazing on the top of the tower and you can see amazing Oxford view from there. But I feel that I have to mention that it is a bit difficult to climb the stairs as... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This tower is absolutely worth the visit. The views are most amazing. Being quite claustrophobic, I was very worried about this visit but I so wanted to see the views! At the entrance, I asked if was crowded up there but I was told it wasn't and was also shown the cctv cameras. Whew, that helped me a lot already.... More

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