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Located in Carfax, the center of Oxford's shopping area since the medieval times, this tower is all that remains of the 14th-century Church of St. Martin.
Corner of Carfax and Cornmarket, Oxford OX1, England
+44 1865 792653
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 30 December 2009

Pay only 2#, and reach the top of this famous tower! From Carfax Tower you can take as many pictures of Oxford as you want. While climbing, you will have a chance to meet other travellers and to make friends. Carfax Tower is definitely the...More

4  Thank iHolaveran
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 December 2011

The title says it. Yes this is the 'Centre of Oxford', as officially defined, but the view from St Mary's is better. Worth the extra leg work to head down the road, and then the eexxttrraa legwork to get up the tower of the Church!

4  Thank Alexander T
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited on a very sunny and clear November day with a breeze to take away any haze and give long distance views – 99 steps to the top – tight spiral – landing with information boards halfway up – climb was rewarded with superb views...More

Thank PeteD60
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It costs 2.70£ and you have to climb 99 steps to get there!! Not reachable for everyone because the stairs are really really small, you have to be quite thin... However, the view is worth it! If the sun is out, it's wonderful

Thank Sarah V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

99 steps to top up a very narrow staircase. Not suitable if have mobility issues. £2.70 entry fee Views great.

Thank maggie1966
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good way to get a panoramic view of Oxford but will not add a huge amount to your knowledge of the history of Oxford.

Thank George H
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Great place to see Oxford. The slight downsides are it is very steep and narrow to get to the top and the information boards could be better.

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Small fee allows access to the roof of the tower, which sits right in the centre of Oxford. Spiral stairs mean its quite a challenging climb (for some) but well worth it

Thank LeicsPotter
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Dreadful experience. Our small group of 6 on the 17th of August didn't go up the tower although we very much wanted to. One teenage member of our group simply poked his nose though the doorway to view the ascent and was given short shrift...More

Thank Catherine B
Reviewed 22 July 2018

In the center of town, the Carfax Tower is the perfect place to meet up wth friends in Oxford. Beautiful architecture!

Thank misopiso88
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic little gem in the heart of Oxford. Bell tower part of a 12th century church. Nearby is where the famous Oxford martyrs were executed . A wonderful piece of history with a view of Oxford unparalleled! Bring your camera - and don’t...More

1  Thank 365giannad
Reviewed 6 July 2018

Carfax is the central meeting point of Oxford and the tower is the last remnant of the church of St Martins, demolished in the late 19th century to make way for traffic. You can climb the tower, for £2.70, if you can cope with the...More

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Brian E
11 April 2018|
Response from Sarah H | Reviewed this property |
Hi Brian, you can just turn up and and get a ticket right there. Entrance is left to the red telephone booth, under the watch. I went there around 5pm on a Sunday and was the only one there. But they said they'd be closing... More