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Address: Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY, England
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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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On an off chance we saw this when walking past and decided to give it a go. Well worth the small donation to get in; lovely views, interesting history and the treasury was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2016
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and I found St. Michael's by chance while wandering down Cornmarket Street. We asked about the climb up the tower, which was a very modest price. The staircase is easy to manage with approximately 100 steps. Make the climb if you can - at the top you can see all around the spires of Oxford, with a plaque... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is well worth visiting this lovely church with a superb 14th century font and some even earlier medieval stained glass but the real treasure has to be the Saxon Tower for a small donation you can climb this ancient tower the oldest building in Oxford there are some surprising and interesting artifacts to see on the way up including... More 

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Thank 70ish
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

An actual Saxon tower in the city centre. The current City Church of Oxford offers historic relics of interest and a small fee allows you to climb to the top of the oldest building in the city, built 1040, for panoramic views of Oxford. On the way up you can see original bell tower mechanisms and the cell door used... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

On an off chance we saw this when walking past and decided to give it a go. Well worth the small donation to get in; lovely views, interesting history and the treasury was a lovely surprise addition to a historic place. Really shows how much of an historic place Oxford is; the colleges look modern in comparison!

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Thank RebeccaRanna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Oldest building in town with breath taking views of Oxford from top of the tower. Oldest glass windows. William Shakespeare, William Morris, silver relic. Clock mechanism, 6 huge bells. And many other things to see. Worth a visit.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

It's not often one finds a Saxon tower in the middle of a city centre, but here it is, and it looks quite impressive too

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

My wife and I visited the Saxon tower of St. Michael at the Northgate in late February. The person on duty was reclining on a chair with a very large pillow and it seemed to be an effort for him to get up to give us our tickets. The climb up is a lot easier than many of the other... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

I always take a look inside this church on my visits to Oxford. It is attractive inside and for a small extra charge you can take the steps to the top of its Saxon-era tower for superb aerial views of the city. I didn't ascend it yesterday as I have done so on previous visits and had already walked up... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Situated in the centre of oxford st micheals northgate enjoys the status of Oxfords civic church, It is really interesting and pretty inside with ornate glasswork particularly in the lady's chapel and a grand organ. However it is best known for its saxon tower. For a couple of quid you can climb the stairs and she the venerable bells and... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Easy to climb stairs in a beautiful old church to see Oxford for miles. No one there but my husband and I so we could stay as long as we wanted with no pressure and take pictures. Breathtaking views.

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