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St. Michael at the Northgate

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Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY, England
+44 1865 240940
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Good view of the skyline...

.... this was our first stop in Oxford. The gentleman in reception was very friendly and helpful... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
wing6rider-Australia
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Canberra, Australia
Worth visiting if you are in the area and have a little time to spare.

We were visiting Oxford for the weekend and had some time between different activities. So we went... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Dolemite600
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“oldest building” (12 reviews)
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Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

.... this was our first stop in Oxford. The gentleman in reception was very friendly and helpful. We had a look around the church and then climbed up the tower. The place has a real sense of being well looked after and we did not...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

We were visiting Oxford for the weekend and had some time between different activities. So we went in here because we had some time spare. The church is free. There is a small charge to climb to the top of the tower. Good view from...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

St Michaels church sits on Cornmarket, the main shopping street in Oxford, and its Saxon tower is a landmark at the northern end of the street. This was part of the old city wall, forming the north gate of the city. The church itself is...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Thsi tower was one of the original gatehouses of Medieval Oxford. it has rickety narrow stairs to the roof. En route you will see the original cell door where the Martyrs were held prior to burning at the stake. (Their chains are in The Ashmolean)...More

2  Thank lazenlondonuk
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Have wanted to vosit St Michaels tower for years. Great experience. Entry off Cornmarket street by way of the church shop, then into part of the church. Lots of steps to the top but flat areas on the way up where one can see local...More

1  Thank Tony M
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

It's not much to see but if you see it and realize how old it is and it's still there it is impressive.

1  Thank Catalin D
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Lovely church and old tower with 90 something steps to the top. Lots of history shared by displays and leaflets and well worth the visit.

1  Thank Denise S
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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Probably the oldest surviving building in Oxford and dating back to 1050, Oxford castle tower may be older. Located at Northgate, part of the old city walls is St. Michael, a church and formidable tower that was once part of the city's defences.

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Reviewed 20 January 2018

Visited for 2 recitals at 1pm on Mondays. High quality and easy to listen to. Free to attend with a coffee available. Also went to Matin on a Sunday. The choir sang and the pipe organ was amazing. The young person who played was faultless...More

Thank Steve F
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

St Michaels almost looks out of place in the middle of the shopping area...we climbed it a few years previously at a low cost and did not rate the views too highly...not quite high enough.It is found on the corner of Ship Street and Cornmarket...More

1  Thank shane s
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