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Merton College

Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
+44 1865 276310
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Founded in 1264 AD, Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. It is home to the oldest academic library in continuous use anywhere in Europe, which was built between 1373 and 1378. The buildings around the College span many time periods and illustrate several different architectural styles. The oldest buildings still standing date to the 1280s. The current student body comprises c. 700 students (equally divided between undergraduates and graduates). Open to tourists most days of the year. Charge £3. Regular tours available daily during the summer (July-September) at 2 and 3 pm. Bookings are recommended via the email address listed, though places are often available on the door. Charge £5 (£3 for Oxford University members and alumni with card), payable by cash or cheque only. If you are bringing a large group, please email us in advance. If you would like a tour of the college outside regular summer tour hours, please email in advance to determine availability.
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I had travelled to Oxford looking for some inspiration for work. There were two of us seeking inspiration in the beauty and enduring excellence of Oxford. We spent the morning wandering with purpose around the city and, unable to gain access to most of the...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2018

The college is picturesque in its beauty however the staff was less than welcoming. My dear friend was playing a heartfelt rendition of "Mad World" on the piano but we were immediately escorted out. They didn't even let us go to the toilet before we...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

One of the most impressive Oxford clooeges, tucked away from the usual crowds, and home to the real tennis courts, who are always welcoming to visitors.

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

Amazing Gothic architects make this one of the most beauty (excuse Anglish, I live Deutchsland). Many famous old gays, especially Sir Larry Olivier and Eddy the Eagle. You must visits chapel and see the Mobs - oldest quad in either Oxford or other places! I...More

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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Located off Merton Street is the oldest college in Oxford being founded in 1264 and has the oldest library in continous use in Europe. It's hall is original and it's chapel have some interesting features.

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

One of the oldest colleges of Oxford University, Merton was founded in the 1260s. Its chapel is outstanding as are its quads : Front, East, Fellows, and Mob. Another of the colleges associated with literary giants TS Eliot and JRR Tolkein.

Thank Kyle S
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

By pure chance, we stumbled upon this historical treasure. We had the opportunity of wandering the grounds and viewing the inside of several buildings, chapels and lecture rooms, as well as the well appointed greens that make the place a wondrous adventure. One can just...More

Thank Meladee S
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

I got a bit lost and accidentally stumbled upon Merton during Oxford Open Doors day. So I went it, and didn't regret it. Really lovely college, particularly the gardens and the chapel.

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Simply a beautiful college, special in many ways from the chapel to the real tennis court, arguably the best place to visit in Oxford.

Thank BrushM
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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Quite right! So glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Love love love Merton College. Beautiful buildings and gardens. Would have liked the opportunity to visit the 'inside' garden but it stated that not for visitors. Happy to have a glimpse though through the gates.

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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Very glad you enjoyed it!

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Please visit Merton's website to contact the admissions team directly. They will be able to help you with any questions you may have!
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