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Interesting Saxon tower

Saxon towers are few and far between in England and this is one which can be climbed to the top... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Peter J
Chichester, United Kingdom
An under-rated Oxford gem

St Michael's at the Northgate contains as part of its building what is likely the oldest building... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sandy G
Wollongong, Australia
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The Saxon tower of St. Michael in the Northgate is the oldest surviving stone building in Oxford, which formed part of the town's defenses in the eleventh century.
Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY, England
+44 1865 240940
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saxon towers are few and far between in England and this is one which can be climbed to the top. The view from the top of the tower is excellent and allows one to see all of Oxford.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Peter J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

St Michael's at the Northgate contains as part of its building what is likely the oldest building remaining in Oxford. It is not nearly as large as many of the churches you can visit here or elsewhere, but just as historic. In addition, its clock-tower...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sandy G
Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

We missed the Carfax tower - by the time we got there, it was closed. So, with a disappointed kiddo by my side, it was a delight to find this little gem a few blocks down the road, and it was still open! We enjoyed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Snow B
Reviewed 26 December 2018

This is apparently Oxford's oldest church, built in early 11th century! The spot where the church is built was at one stage the north gate of the wall that surrounded the city. The wall is not there now but the name remains! The views are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 9 November 2018

On a walking tour of the city, our guide recommended climbing this tower for a view of Oxford. I timed my visit for late afternoon so got some lovely pics of the sunset, and as I came down the tower a choir were practising in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank quiller003
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Charming Saxon church with great views from the bell tower. There is a small charge to ascend (there is a safe modern staircase) but you are able to see the church silver collection dating to 17th century, and the prison door that housed Latimer, Ridley...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank richard s
Reviewed 5 August 2018

Every Monday from 1:15 - 2 a free concert is available with a request for a donation to the artist(s) favorite charity. Coffee and tea are served and you are invited to bring your sandwich. Lovely break in the workday.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Patricia T
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Wonderful church tower in central Oxford. The Saxon Tower at St Michael at the North Gate is a beautiful and historical building. Definitely worth a look!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank misopiso88
Reviewed 23 July 2018

The tower is Saxon, and worth seeing just for its great antiquity. The church itself, however, is also interesting, and has historical features. There is a nice little shop with a friendly person in charge of it.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank lornabookworm
Reviewed 22 July 2018

This was a chance stop as we were walking to the Ashmolean. How fortuitous! The curator (is that the right word?) was excellent - extremely helpful and informative. The church was interesting and it was a nice walk up the stairs to see the view...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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About 150 km.