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Address: Cornmarket St., Oxford, England
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The Saxon tower of St. Michael in the Northgate is the oldest surviving...

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.

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Charming church

Have been here a fair few times. the Tower is well worth going up. 97 steps if i recal. old Saxon Tower with nice views,( pay small amount for access to tower) Never busy.very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 September 2016
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The basic church is quite modest but the climb up the Saxon tower is well worth it! It is an interesting climb (old bells, the door to Thomas Crammer's prison cell, etc. but it is the view from the top (not too large a climb) that make the trip worth your while. What a wonderful way to soak up the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Quite a modest church inside but a climb to the top of the Saxon Tower is a must. There are about 100 steps but you can have a bit of a breather on a couple of the floors. There are historic artefacts to look at while on the way up! You can marvel at the door that several martyrs passed... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

I'm utterly disappointed at how terrible the interior is kept at this moment. From outside the church is one of most interesting buildings in Oxford, I was really eager to see interior as well. There is nothing really worth seeing, the tower is not that high too - so if you wish to climb it just to take a photo... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Have been here a fair few times. the Tower is well worth going up. 97 steps if i recal. old Saxon Tower with nice views,( pay small amount for access to tower) Never busy.very quiet considering the noisy street outside.small shop on site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

My sister and I found St. Michael's by chance while wandering down Cornmarket Street. We asked about the climb up the tower, which was a very modest price. The staircase is easy to manage with approximately 100 steps. Make the climb if you can - at the top you can see all around the spires of Oxford, with a plaque... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

It is well worth visiting this lovely church with a superb 14th century font and some even earlier medieval stained glass but the real treasure has to be the Saxon Tower for a small donation you can climb this ancient tower the oldest building in Oxford there are some surprising and interesting artifacts to see on the way up including... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

An actual Saxon tower in the city centre. The current City Church of Oxford offers historic relics of interest and a small fee allows you to climb to the top of the oldest building in the city, built 1040, for panoramic views of Oxford. On the way up you can see original bell tower mechanisms and the cell door used... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

On an off chance we saw this when walking past and decided to give it a go. Well worth the small donation to get in; lovely views, interesting history and the treasury was a lovely surprise addition to a historic place. Really shows how much of an historic place Oxford is; the colleges look modern in comparison!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Oldest building in town with breath taking views of Oxford from top of the tower. Oldest glass windows. William Shakespeare, William Morris, silver relic. Clock mechanism, 6 huge bells. And many other things to see. Worth a visit.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

It's not often one finds a Saxon tower in the middle of a city centre, but here it is, and it looks quite impressive too

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