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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 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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Melbourne, Australia
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

A beautiful old church in the middle of busy oxford. It is stunning inside, you can go right up to the top on the roof for a fabulous view of the city. There are guided tours if you want to join in.

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North Yorkshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A lovely tranquil church open to the public on The High in Oxford. A short climb up to its clock-tower gives spectacular views across the rooftops of this city and into the surrounding prestigious university colleges. The cafe below serves great tea and ice creams to recover from your climb!

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I've been up this tower before but a good 7 years ago now and took the boyfriend on his birthday weekend. The climb is not pleasant once you're in the tower bit as it's quite tight and on a very hot day it's quite stuffy. However, on a day with clear blue skies, the view is so so worth it!... More

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florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a very old church which has interesting grave markers Some of which are from the 1600's There is a beautiful organ and many stain glass windows

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London, UK
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I love the food at this cafe - and outside seating gives lovely views. Service varies from extremely friendly to downright rude, which is such a shame as it is a great place.

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Gyeongju
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The tower is well worth climbing. There are excellent views around Oxford from the top, especially of Radcliffe Camera. Great for photography.

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Southend-on-Sea, England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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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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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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