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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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Address: High St., Oxford OX1 4AH, England
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Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a...

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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Lovely church

Spent a day in Oxford and this was one of the many churches that we visited. No admission fee and plenty of information on hand to tell you about its history.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2015
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

Spent a day in Oxford and this was one of the many churches that we visited. No admission fee and plenty of information on hand to tell you about its history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Climb up St Mary's Tower for a stunning view of the Rad cam and all soul's college- a must for all tourists wanting their Oxford snap- but popular with students as well as something cheap but nice to do for a quick trip out. I personally found this view prettier than the view from Carfax tower, even though admittedly you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

Again, another one of those places in Oxford I visit on a regular basis. The church itself is beautiful and full of history, ie Cranmere, Robert Dudley's wife etc. and the glass windows are superb. Going up is great fun if you don't mind climbing into the nooks and crannies to let people pass, and the donkey among the grotesques... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Our first visit to this special church, which has unique and fascinating historical connections to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer who preached there not long before he was burned at the stake for heresy in c.1555, in nearby The Broad, to became one of the three Oxford Martyrs. We could not climb to the roof for the views, but we spent a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

The climb up the tower alone is worth a visit to the church of St. Mary. For £ 4 or £3seniors you get incredible 360 degree views of the dreaming spires of Oxford. The stairs up are a bit steep and narrow but very doable by anyone in any reasonable shape. You get to look up and down the length... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

An imposing building on The World's most beautiful street "The High Street" Oxford. Often church services are held here and there is now a restaurant to the the rear. Access to the tower is from inside and takes you up a winding tiny staircase, where the stone steps have seen thousands of feet over hundreds of years make the ascent... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Very historic, an interesting building. Shame some of the gravestones are illegible. Could do with a bit more information on display.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Was glad we went inside although we didn't pay to go in the tower. wooden paddles lying about give historical info

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

You should not spare your £4 to climb to the tower top. The walkway up there is narrow and you get to squeeze around with others. Another kind of venture. Get an almost 360° view of Oxford from the top.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

I am terrified of heights, but the church steeple was worth the cost and fear! The views of Oxford are beautiful. Being near the gargoyles was a highlight for me, as I adore Gothic architecture! The stained glass windows were breathtaking also.

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