Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower, Oxford: Hours, Address, Carfax Tower Reviews: 4/5

Architectural Buildings • Observation Decks & Towers
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Located in Carfax, the center of Oxford's shopping area since the medieval times, this tower is all that remains of the 14th-century Church of St Martin.
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Roger pembs
5 contributions
Great view!
Jun 2021
Not a huge amount to see inside the tower itself, but well worth the long climb up the stairs for the view over the city at the end.
The lady at the desk inside (Linda) was really friendly and welcoming. We only went in to ask whether the sightseeing bus was running; by the time we left she had sold us not only bus tickets, but also tickets for the tower itself and a walking tour! And all three were every bit as worthwhile as she said they were.
Written June 8, 2021
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Chris S
Gamlingay, UK140 contributions
Good spot to start a walk round Oxford
Oct 2020 • Friends
Great views, even on a rainy day and only £3 PP.

There's a lot of information inside the tower on the history and the staff are well informed.

Opened from 10am, we got there as it opened and went straight up.

Beware the steps are very steep and small in places.
Written October 9, 2020
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hannah
5 contributions
Great views of the city!
Sep 2020
Worth the climb for the amazing view at the top. Didn't take advance booking, but we were able to get in right when it opened and the 20 minute slot was plenty of time. One of the spiral staircases was very open and definitely a little scary if you don't like heights, but otherwise the climb was not difficult.
Written October 3, 2020
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Mabel-the-Westie
Wiltshire, UK211 contributions
30 min slots perfect!
Sep 2020 • Family
Turned up here on a Tuesday lunchtime. You just walk inside and the person at the desk will let you know when there is a free slot. We only had to wait about 20 mins until we could begin our 30 min slot.

Steep spiral staircase is quite nerve wracking! I’m not one to be scared of heights but even I was a bit funny about these - I think perhaps because they were see-through (metal sort of grid-work) it made it more scary!

Views at the top are amazing and well worth the climb! It’s nice that you have it all to yourself during your slot, so can move around freely and take photos. There is a telescope at the top that was great for people watching! We didn’t pay for this, so I assume it is free.

Make sure you allow enough time within your slot to make your way back down! I would definitely recommend this, it was the highlight of our trip back to Oxford.
Written September 6, 2020
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Sophia
3 contributions
Steep climb worth the amazing view!
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited Carfax tower on a Weds lunchtime. Visiting groups had 20 minute slot (one group at a time) which was just right for getting into the top of a long, steep spiral staircase & admiring the beautiful view from the top (totally worth the climb!). There was a telescope up there too for even better views. Cost was £3 for adults, £2 for kids. Would recommend!
Written August 6, 2020
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Kapowell17
Huddersfield, UK176 contributions
Cheap and cheerful, worth the effort.
Jul 2020 • Couples
Just to explain the title, cheap as it is only £3 and cheerful because the gents that we booked the visit with were the cheerful ones helping us find other places of interest which were open due to the strange times because of Covid.

So the steps go in stages, the first spiral staircase takes you to a bit of an information point about the tower along with a video of other places to visit in oxford. More spiral steps lead to a little landing and a stairwell which then lead to a final spiral staircase. It is rather narrow but when you are at the top it is well worth it.

The views around the city are glorious and we were lucky enough to do this on a fine day so could see beyond Oxford as well.

We probably spent about 30mins in total from ascent to descent but were certainly glad we’d did it.
Written July 29, 2020
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,366 contributions
Great views
Feb 2020
Carfax Tower is one of several ways to get a better view over the roof tops of Oxford and was my favourite, some great history and a bell chiming mechanism, well worth the visit. Its only £3 to go the top with less than a hundred steps.
Written March 8, 2020
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JeffTheChairman
Exeter, UK1,127 contributions
SOME AMAZING VIEWS
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Carfax Tower is in the Centre of the shopping area commanding a watch over the shoppers For just £3 you can clim the stairs to some amazing views across Oxford
Written February 29, 2020
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James M
Westcliff-on-Sea, UK798 contributions
It’s only £3!
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a very short experience… In fact it takes longer for you to climb the nearly 100 stairs to reach the top of a small former churches roof. Whilst the views are very nice up there, there are better lookout points across the city, but at least it’s only £3!
Written January 19, 2020
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Thank you for your constructive comments. We agree you do not need a long time to visit, however known as the iconic central meeting point in Oxford and famed for its birds eye view of the dreaming spires, it gives visitors an ideal photo opportunity and to see Oxford from above.
Written January 25, 2020
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shropshirenick
Shrewsbury, UK16,143 contributions
Oxford Skyline
Dec 2019
Carfax Tower is in the centre of Oxford and gives you great views of the Oxford Skyline. The climb to the top is relatively easy and rewards you with some great views of Oxford City Centre.
Written December 29, 2019
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