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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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Address: High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
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+44 1865 279111
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Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a...

Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a superb example of Church Architecture from the 13th century.

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best view of Oxford

a long breathless way up but worth the contribution, views over each side of the compass over the rooftops of Oxford

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

a long breathless way up but worth the contribution, views over each side of the compass over the rooftops of Oxford

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

History oozes out of every crevice of this beautiful church. A trip up the tower is a must to see the view over the Oxford rooftops, the bishops were dragged from this church to be burned at the stake under the orders of Queen Mary. They were called the "Martyrs" .

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church itself goes back 1,000 years and the tower is one of the oldest parts of the building. In addition to the notable churchmen who are associated with this place (Thomas Crammer who was tried here in 1556, John Wesley who preached here in 1744, and John Henry Newman who founded the Oxford Movement in the 1850s), the views... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Church itself is worth a visit however the high light is a climb to the top of the tower through a narrow (not for those prone to claustrophobia) stone spiral stair (for a fee of £4 per person) that leads to a viewing balcony that affords spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding university quads and historic buildings including... More 

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Uppsala, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Centrally located in Oxford, it's hard to miss. But make sure you go inside, it is a beautiful church. And make sure you visit the tower as well, the staircase is a bit narrow and not great if you're claustrophobic. But the view of Oxford from the tower is hard to beat.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The University Church is a wonderful historic church where both the University and Oxfam started. There is a fantastic tower to go up, with great views.lots of history and a lovely building. There's also a great restaurant on site.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Being a local in Oxford, this is by far the best place to get a birds eye view of the city! Its always the first place I bring vistors! The Climb, the majority of the stairs are very easy, just normal steps. Its only when you get much higher that it starts to swivel and gets narrow. overall a very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Over 120 steps, but we'll worth it to get a full all-around view of the city. Beware though that there is a restriction on the number of people allowed up the tower at any time, which with only one way up and down but this could prove a challenge in either busy tourist times or if you are pushed for... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

There is a small fee to go up to the top of the tower, but it is well worth it, the view is amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We came across this lovely church by lucky accident, so pleased that we did! We paid the small fee to climb the tower and despite the fact that it was a slightly rainy day the view was breath-taking - I can only imagine what it's like on a sunny day - we'll definitely have to re-visit!

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