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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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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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Oxford's University church.

We found this church quieter and more peaceful than most other places in Oxford and had the place almost to ourselves. Most reviewers here concentrate on the climb up, and view... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Horsham, United Kingdom

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We found this church quieter and more peaceful than most other places in Oxford and had the place almost to ourselves. Most reviewers here concentrate on the climb up, and view from, the tower which I have done before and can attest that the views are spectacular. There is a small charge for this but having already climbed St. George's... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The stairs are narrow and the landing at the top is also narrow, but the views are totally worth the climb! Best aerial views of Oxford! Go on a sunny day (if you can) and in the morning while all the students are in class so you can have the tower and stairs (mostly) to yourself!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This a must-see place in Oxford. The church itself is lovely but the views from the tower over the colleges is amazing. Entry to the tower is very reasonably priced, although beware that is a steep, narrow climb up and a cramped viewing platform. Very 'personal' if you need to squeeze past people. Definitely worth it, thought!

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Make certain that you pay the three pounds to walk the winding narrow stairs to the lookout on top of the church. It provides a 360 degree view of Oxford and is spectacular!!!!

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Meandered around the church itself, saw the seats of the professors, and up the tower at sunset. Definitely worth a visit.

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Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a huge fan of churches when it comes to traveling - they're usually warm, quiet, and great for taking a short reflective rest. Many of the more touristy churches and cathedrals aren't ideal for this, but University Church of St. Mary the Virgin is just the place! Not to crowded, no entry fee, just blessed peace and quiet :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited different universities on my day in Oxford . This is really nice. I liked it because I linked it to the Inspector Morse series. It´s beautiful anyway.

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Northeast USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Do go up the tower! It's worth it. Visited during December and the day was still bright and clear. (And the clockworks are very interesting too.)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

As someone who lived in Oxford for four years - this is one of my favourite views of the city. The entrance is via the church, you'll have to pay a few quid to enter and there are concessions for students/staff etc. The route to the top is winding and can be claustrophobic but it doesn't take very long to... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Located in city centre, the church is a definite place to visit. Old and beautiful with a tall steeple. The church is free to enter but they charge to climb the steeple.

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