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St. Michael at the Northgate

Cornmarket St., Oxford, England
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Ranked #48 of 99 attractions in Oxford
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: The Saxon tower of St. Michael in the Northgate is the oldest surviving stone building in Oxford, which formed part of the town's defenses in the... more » Owner description: The Saxon tower of St. Michael in the Northgate is the oldest surviving stone building in Oxford, which formed part of the town's defenses in the eleventh century. « less
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Milngavie, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Well, if John Wesley and someone called William Shakespeare thought it was worth a visit it must be something special....and it was. The Tower dates from 1040 AD and on the way up the door that the Oxford Martyrs walked through is on display. ( I wonder how many UK Christians would be willing to die for their faith now... More

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Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
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103 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We were taking our grandchildren, two and five, up Carfax, but they are too young. The guy at Carfax recommended St Michael's and he was so right. The church is a thousand years old and beautiful. The children climbed the 97 steps to the wonderful roof area with splendid views over Oxford. And the icing on the cake was a... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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49 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the church,it was beautiful We had just been up Carfax tower and so asked the lady on the desk if the views were like those,she replied that there were different artifacts to see, Upon reaching the top we were slightly disappointed that they were very similar to the ones we had just seen and paid... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I found the interior quite scattered and haphazard. The organ was an unusual style, if you like organs. Expect a fee for the tower (I didn't go).

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Tower is the oldest building in oxford nearly 1000 year old. It was part of prison and city wall of oxford. It has oldest stain glass window aswell. Nearly everything in church is very old. Worth a visit. Staff is very helpful and they try to help you for your needs. Great place

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zwolle
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

It's oxfords oldest building.. we where really shocked how they restored the interior!! It looks terrible and it doesn't fit the building at all. The only positive thing was the evensong and we were lucky because there was also a Bach cantate. It really was beautiful!!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The church tower dates back to 1050 and is considered one of the oldest buildings in Oxford. The inside of the church is small and quaint. For a small fee you can climb the tower though and that is the highlight of this location. Due to the tower's central location, the views from the top are amazing. On the way... More

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OXFORD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

As the recorded oldest building in Oxford and where the Protestant Martyrs were held ( Bocardo Prison ) before their trial and subsequent burning at the stake closeby its worth half an hour of your time. the view from the top over the city centre is reward for the tower climb..(mind the pigeon droppings though ) a small historical handout... More

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Bletchley, England, United Kingdom
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

One church is much like another. It has a good organ.

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Kyoto, Japan
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

I accidentally stumbled into this church when I walked down busy Cornmarket Street for lunch, and recognized it by the distinct tower that I had seen in my guidebook. The tower is the oldest building in Oxford dating back to the 11th century, and the church sanctuary has pretty stained glass dating back to the 13th century. The church does... More

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