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“The interior looks terrible but the evensong made up for it..” 2 of 5 stars
Review of St. Michael at the Northgate

St. Michael at the Northgate
Cornmarket St., Oxford, England
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Ranked #66 of 196 things to do in Oxford
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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.
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“The interior looks terrible but the evensong made up for it..”
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!!

Visited September 2013
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“Tower offers beautiful views”
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 up the stairs, you also get a behind the scenes look at the clock mechanism including the bells that chime. You can pay a pound to make the bells chime which was neat to watch.

Visited June 2013
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“Vistastic”
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 is included in the small fee

Visited November 2012
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“St Michael at Northgate”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

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

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“Charming old church”
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 not have the magnificence of the spire that you see in St Mary, but this charming church does testify simply the faith of the people that has been maintained to this day. Also known as the place John Wesley preached. Worth visiting if you are interested in the history of the area.

Visited October 2011
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