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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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Best value attraction in town

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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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

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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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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