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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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Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
+44 1865 276310
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Merton traces its origins from the 1260s when Walter de Merton, Chancellor to Henry III and later Edward II drew up statutes for the creation of a self-governing academic community whose endowments were vested in the Warden and Fellows. The Hall, Chapel and Front Quad...More

Thank futtock21
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entered Merton at 17h30 and discovered beautiful buildings including a magnificent chapel. The evensong was breath taking with a very impressive organ and wonderful mixed choir singing the ancient English texts.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 24 May 2017

While I walked by a number of the buildings that make up Merton, I went specifically one afternoon to the evensong service in the college chapel. It was beautiful, peaceful, a quietude I needed. Lovely.

Thank Elizabeth62-10
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Merton is by far the best college in Oxford, a hidden gem. It is lesser known than its neighbour Christ Church but much more beautiful and peaceful. A tranquil step back in time from the hustle and bustle of the Oxford crowds. Great value for...More

Thank Tegan C
Reviewed 1 May 2017

I was in the Oxford Berkeley program that is housed at Merton, attended from 2000 to 2014, living in the college and taking a 3 week course. Living in the college is a magical experience, so peaceful and beautiful behind those walls, and with experiences...More

Thank travellernot2rist
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This college is one of the few where you have to pay to enter. The buildings are beautiful. The chapel is not really that unique. But it worth it.

Thank Estueban
Reviewed 3 December 2016

Merton is a tonic after its brash neighbour, Christ Church; small and pretty much perfect..close to the epicentre of Oxford Uni..must see

Thank harmony613
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Great architure and history. Beautuful college at the University of Oxford, over 750 years old. Well worth taking a tour.

Thank Hema P
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This is another wonderful college worthy visiting. I am aware that Oxford is practically build of colleges and churches, but Merton College is one of these really worthy visiting.

Thank leuveen
Reviewed 16 August 2016

A very informative tour given by a current student, who brought humour into her fact giving and made the place come alive (both past and present). Apart from a wander round the quads we saw the Chapel and the old Library which were both fascinating.

Thank Regular_Reader
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Aaron V
I want to start a career in Software Engineering and need to know what kind of Entry requirements is needed and if there is any other way like going on courses in college rather than going to Uni? Any help please
12 January 2015|
Response from Merton_Tours | Property representative |
Please visit Merton's website to contact the admissions team directly. They will be able to help you with any questions you may have!