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“breathtaking view from the tower”

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
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$129.76*
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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.
Baku, Azerbaijan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“breathtaking view from the tower”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

I was visiting Oxford with my friend. We entered the church and bought two tickets (I guess £4 pp) to climb the tower. I was amazing on the top of the tower and you can see amazing Oxford view from there. But I feel that I have to mention that it is a bit difficult to climb the stairs as they are too narrow and steep and also it is extremely narrow around the top of the tower. So, you need to press yourself to the wall to give someone to pass by. Nevertheless, I would still reccommend this beautiful sightseeing.

Visited May 2014
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Amazing views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

This tower is absolutely worth the visit. The views are most amazing.
Being quite claustrophobic, I was very worried about this visit but I so wanted to see the views! At the entrance, I asked if was crowded up there but I was told it wasn't and was also shown the cctv cameras. Whew, that helped me a lot already. So that everyone having the same feelings knows, only the last 60 steps (I counted them coming down) are the very (very) narrow with no passing spaces. The first part is just normal steps with information boards..etc. We were lucky as only 2 persons came down at the same time and they squeezed themselves into a small bay (old window) so we could all pass. Up the tower there is not much space either. I can imagine it can get very busy at times but try to go there first thing and you can handle your claustrophobia easily!

Visited May 2014
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Hossegor, France
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“Great view but cramped at the top”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

St Mary's is worth a trip, it's amazing architecture inside the church is worth a look. The climb up the tower is also not too strenuous and you get amazing views at the top for the money it costs. However, the top is very cramped and you have to double back (not a full circle) so you have to squeeze past the people who come up after you/the people before you are trying to come back when you are trying to get around. Still worth a trip up but be patient.

Visited April 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Worth seeing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

Strolling round the Radcliffe, you can't help but find this Church. Well worth a visit - the craftsmanship of the Church is unbelievable.

Visited April 2014
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Cambridge
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“Outstanding views”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

The only reason for three stars is the lack of organisation. The stairs are obviously very narrow and at times, with people coming up and down, it was a little worrying. People were very polite, and attempted to squash themselves into the wall but if you don't fancy pressing yourself up against total strangers this isn't for you :-) Views at the top amazing though.

Visited April 2014
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