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Merton College

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Address: Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
Phone Number: +44 1865 276310
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Founded in 1264 AD, Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. It is...

Founded in 1264 AD, Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. It is home to the oldest academic library in continuous use anywhere in Europe, which was built between 1373 and 1378. The buildings around the College span many time periods and illustrate several different architectural styles. The oldest buildings still standing date to the 1280s. The current student body comprises c. 700 students (equally divided between undergraduates and graduates). Open to tourists most days of the year. Charge £3. Regular tours available daily during the summer (July-September) at 2 and 3 pm. Bookings are recommended via the email address listed, though places are often available on the door. Charge £5 (£3 for Oxford University members and alumni with card), payable by cash or cheque only. If you are bringing a large group, please email us in advance. If you would like a tour of the college outside regular summer tour hours, please email in advance to determine availability.

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I recently stayed at Merton College at the University of Oxford. The trip was coordinated via Smithsonian Journeys. I've always wanted to go to Oxford and was finally able to take... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I recently stayed at Merton College at the University of Oxford. The trip was coordinated via Smithsonian Journeys. I've always wanted to go to Oxford and was finally able to take a class here. The dorm room was early '60s and the plumbing was, as one of the guides described it, 'dodgy'. But I wouldn't have changed a thing. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small but perfectly formed college worthy of attention for being the oldest college in Oxford or Cambridge. There is an argument but Merton has the oldest Royal Charter that is the template for all Oxbridge colleges. Its grounds are prize winning. The chapel is enormous and the quads are striking, especially Mob Quad. Go on the tour of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to a free lunchtime organ recital at Merton College Chapel by renowned organist, Hans Leitner, organist and cathedral vicar at the Munich Frauenkirchein. The chapel organ is most impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

The evening we went they were doing the special mass for the Queen's birthday. We attended the service (Church of England) and the choir was very impressive. There were 30 in the choir and with them singing and the organ there were no need for microphones! Powerful and beautiful voices. It was quite an experience and the service was finished... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Do visit this exceptional beautiful college. Climb the stairs for the view. It is an oasis just a bit hidden at the a small steet behind High Street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

The trompe l'oeille chapel. where the chancel is truncated but the rest of it painted to resemble it is interesting; the gardens are very good and there's plenty of ghosts to learn about.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

The buildings of this college is one of the most beautiful of all colleges I've seen until now in Oxford. The buildings seem to be older than other buildings. The quads are beautiful. I like the small meadow beside the chapel. The chapel is lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Made to feel welcome... Beautiful singing ... Candlelit evensong is always worth a go even if you are a non Christian! After 700 years singing at Merton College they know how to hit the note!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

As one of the oldest colleges in Oxford, Merton College is a beautiful space located a block away from the busy high street. Don't miss the walking tours in the summer that takes you into the college library, which is the oldest academic library in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

This is a must see if you are in the area. As its the oldest college in Oxford is it beautiful and real interesting to see.

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