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Carfax Tower

Corner of Carfax and Cornmarket, Oxford OX1, England
+44 1865 792653
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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.
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Corner of Carfax and Cornmarket, Oxford OX1, England
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+44 1865 792653
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank misopiso88
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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

Thank 365giannad
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw this on a previous visit a few weeks ago. I did not get time to go in then though. So I made it my first port of call this time! For the low entrance fee, it was worth it. Some interesting information boards, which...More

Thank Dolemite600
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a tourist in Oxford then make the climb up the tower for awesome pictures of the city. Quite a few steps so not for the front hearted but worth the climb if you can.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

St Martin's Tower, popularly called "Carfax Tower", is on the northwest corner of Carfax. The tower is 74 feet tall, and no building in central Oxford may be built higher than it apparently. It is possible to climb to the top of the tower for...More

Thank chriswood72
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Carfax Tower, otherwise known as St Martin's Tower, is all that remains of the 12th century St Martin's Church. It is 74 feet / 23 metres tall and is a Grade II listed building. No building in central Oxford may be built higher than the...More

Thank PandyPandora
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

It's quite inexpensive to enter the tower and the tower is not very tall, so it doesn't take all that long, or all that much effort to get to the top. The staircase is pretty narrow though. The top of the tower is not very...More

Thank 542bernadettew
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

The tower is situated in the heart of the city and is all that remains of St.Martins a medieval city church which was demolished in 1896. You must climb almost a hundred (99 really) steps to see the famous city skyline but the view is...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Lots of steps to climb and a bit narrow in parts but when you get to the top what a lovely view of Oxford .

Thank fiveannielane
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Brian E
11 April 2018|
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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
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