We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (597)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good36%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“worth the climb”(23 reviews)
“degree view”(8 reviews)
Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a superb example of Church Architecture from the 13th century.
High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
+44 1865 279111
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
from US$19.67
More Info
from US$36.75
More Info
from US$183.73
More Info
from US$19.69
More Info
Reviews (659)
Filter reviews
488 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews radcliffe camera worth the climb degree view passing places john henry clock tower radcliffe square small fee spiral staircase high street dreaming spires worth the effort stained glass worth a visit lots of history open to the public oxford city
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 488 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Unlike the other towers, this one has magnificent views straight over the iconic neighbouring colleges and the Radcliffe Camera. Highly recommend it. But pick your time carefully. Very little space (much less than the Carfax) and highly liked by visitors so waits can be long...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GWRfanabroad
Reviewed 1 week ago

Didnt get a chance to go inside due to lack of time. But looked beautiful from the outside. Make some time to explore the inside.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank neowulf93
Reviewed 7 January 2019

Well worth the entrance fee and short wait to climb the tower. Best views and photos of Oxford from above! Glad we chose to do this during our visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GemZ77
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

One of the oldest churches in the city. This church was one of the initial edifice of the university and was used or conduct lectures, until it it was shifted to other building and then became solely a place of worship. It houses a beautiful...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CatherineHabbie
Reviewed 1 January 2019

I visited here whilst in Oxford again. It is a fine church with much to see. However, I did feel uncomfortable because a service was under way and often in churches non-praying visitors are not welcome during services.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ivor M
Reviewed 29 December 2018

Easy to understand why this beautiful church has been Oxford University's preferred place of worship for hundreds of years. This is a perfect example of what a church should be ..

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Adrian M
Reviewed 18 December 2018

with its historic connection to the monarchy and Oriel College. Free to visit and a gallery to look from above.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tinkle_24
Reviewed 18 December 2018

Of all the towers to climb in the centre of Oxford, you want to climb St Mary's. Best views all around!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Jeroen B
Reviewed 26 November 2018

Entry into the main body of the church is free, and it's a lovely little church, where you can sit down for reflection or listen to a sermon if there is one happening. If you'd like to go up the 13th Century tower of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Joyce_7t
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

We visited the University Church on a Saturday afternoon it and the surrounding university buildings are absolutely fantastic and are must sees.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ldgp14
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 43 nearby hotels
Mercure Eastgate Oxford
1,248 reviews
.08 miles away
Old Bank Hotel
1,335 reviews
.10 miles away
Bath Place Hotel
323 reviews
.18 miles away
Vanbrugh House Hotel
870 reviews
.39 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 760 nearby restaurants
340 reviews
.16 miles away
Vaults & Garden Cafe
915 reviews
.13 miles away
The Bear Inn
423 reviews
.22 miles away
The Turf Tavern
2,001 reviews
.17 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 385 nearby attractions
Bodleian Library
2,018 reviews
.17 miles away
Magdalen College
653 reviews
.15 miles away
New College
284 reviews
.16 miles away
Merton College
149 reviews
.08 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Luise P
7 September 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from MariamAziz | Reviewed this property |
Yes, on the backside, facing the Radcliffe camera is the Vaults and Gardens cafe, which is superb.