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Address: Cornmarket St., Oxford, England
Description: The Saxon tower of St. Michael in the Northgate is the oldest surviving...
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.
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A hidden gem

Taking some overseas visitors up the tower here was a real hidden gem! We discounted Carfax as it is incredibly busy, and I believe hard to get up/down. St M was good value, easy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

went to sunday 8am service here during my weekend at oxford and i was very welcomed and treated as everyone else tho i dont partake in communion and due to a glitch at the hotel i wasnt dressed quite as i had preferred (i was wearing jeans and college gear) - very nice people, wonderful vicar, lovely service, there were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

St Michael's Northgate, is the oldest building in the City and is the church of the City. It's s beautiful place heavy centuries of prayer. It's stained glass is remarkable, as is the tower and baptismal font. A still place for a few minutes peace and quiet. It's also steeped in History. Don't miss this sacred place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Taking some overseas visitors up the tower here was a real hidden gem! We discounted Carfax as it is incredibly busy, and I believe hard to get up/down. St M was good value, easy to climb up with wide steps, and the view was great ( we were lucky as it was a fab day!). Sadly the model bell ringing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

St Michael's is the oldest building in Oxford with a Saxon tower dating back to 1040. The church is free to enter but if you pay £2 at the shop you get access to the tower. There are things of interest all the way up. First you pass a cabinet containing and old clock mechanism which you can set in... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I've lived in Oxford for 12 years, but until this summer I'd never got round to climbing either of the historic church towers that sit at either end of Cornmarket Street. Of the two, St Michael's is definitely the winner: you get a better view and more for your money besides. As well as seeing the town from the top... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

well worth a visit,the views are fantastic,there is a small fee but all go to the church funds,a great little gift shop too

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Merthyr Tydfil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

One of the oldest towers in Oxford and well worth a visit. Lovely views from the top of the tower and the church was very interesting. There is a small fee to climb the tower.

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Milngavie, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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