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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
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Oxford Private Bespoke Walking Tour
Ranked #12 of 174 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a superb example of Church Architecture from the 13th century.
Gloucester
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“Under renovation”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Undergoing major renovation (due to be completed by Christmas), but still worth a visit. The guide was excellent

Visited October 2012
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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“DREAMING SPIRES.”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

The climb up the tower is very rewarding with super photo opportunies across the city. Much better views than the Carfax tower. Only disappointment was that the tower and climb up the first section is shrouded in scaffolding for maintenance and cleaning work at present. The views after 100 foot climb are well worth it.

Visited October 2012
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“Good view”
Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

Currently under renovation so you can't see everything, more stars when the reservations are finished. However the view from the top of the spire is excellent. Also the cafe on the ground floor can be thoroughly recommended. Like the whole of Oxford it has a nice relaxed atmosphere.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“good lunch place”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

We stopped in for an early lunch and were greeted by surly service. The women at the counter were not at all helpful and downright rude. The food however was very good and reasonably priced. We had the soup which was very tasty. Would recommend the food but hopefully you won't have the same servers.

Visited September 2012
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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Know what you're getting into!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is a lovely church, and the view was stunning. However, the climb up to the tower could be be an unexpected adventure, especially for those who suffer from any level of claustrophobia! The stairs are narrow indeed, and then the crowds were not controlled so that we formed a long line going down and were met with a long line of people coming up. Since it was not wide enough to pass each other, the others all had to backtrack. Also, even at the top of the tower, the balcony is very narrow so that it is difficult to pass by. I had to speak words of comfort to my daughter as she was getting a bit stressed by being "trapped" in the tower steps on the way down. I would still recommend the experience, but it's good to know ahead of time.

Visited September 2012
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