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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
+44 1865 279111
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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“worth the climb” (21 reviews)
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High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
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+44 1865 279111
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"radcliffe camera"
in 42 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 21 reviews
"degree view"
in 8 reviews
"four sides"
in 5 reviews
"small fee"
in 16 reviews
"clock tower"
in 6 reviews
"radcliffe square"
in 11 reviews
"spiral staircase"
in 12 reviews
"high street"
in 20 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 6 reviews
"dreaming spires"
in 11 reviews
"stained glass windows"
in 5 reviews
"lots of history"
in 5 reviews
"sunny day"
in 10 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 15 reviews
"open to the public"
in 6 reviews
"oxford city"
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Reviewed today

Climb the tower; best view of Oxford, worth the 4 pounds for sure! Avoid bringing large backpacks or anything of the sort as the staircase is incredibly tight.

Thank MariamAziz
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It's actually more impressive on the outside than on the inside. But admission is free, except if you wish to climb the tower and have a view over Oxford. C.S. Lewis just to work here and right by this church you'll find the door and...More

Thank Edward S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

There is fee charged by the church authorities to climb to the top of the church to have a panoramic view of entire oxford which is really amazing.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in here as part of a walkabout. Interesting church with the added attraction of a steep climb up the clock tower for a great view of Oxford. Entry to the tower is through the gift shop and costs £4.00 to go up. Be warned...More

Thank Ian g
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

St Marys is at the heart of Oxford University, geographically, as it sits between the High Street and Radcliffe Square, but also as the University started its life here. In the early days, 13th century, this was where teaching and graduation took place. A big...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got in while casually strolling around town. Very impressive cathedral, beautiful Organ. If you're around, worth a visit

Thank Shahar T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were recommended to visit the tower for its wonderful views. Access to the tower (which costs about £4 each) is via a very steep narrow spiral stone staircase and it is tricky if you have any sort of physical issues which one of our...More

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This church is definitely worth visiting. It spire dominates the skyline and inside is equally fine. It was very much where Oxford University began and where lectures used to be held. The number of famous people who have preach in this church is impressive. Definitely...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The church itself is nice, even offering a quiet prayer place for people of all (or no) nominations. The climb to the tower is not too difficult, but be prepared to wait for your turn. The view from the top is great, worth the wait!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I climbed the tower and had a stunning view of the Radcliffe Camera on a very wet miserable day. The church, as are many of the buildings in Oxford, is beautiful and welcoming.

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