University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

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The University Church of St Mary the Virgin (St Mary's or SMV for short) is an Oxford church situated on the north side of the High Street. It is the centre from which the University of Oxford grew and its parish consists almost exclusively of university and college buildings.

St Mary's possesses an eccentric baroque porch, designed by Nicholas Stone, facing High Street, and a spire which is claimed by some church historians to be one of the most beautiful in England. Radcliffe Square lies to the north and to the east is Catte Street. The 13th-century tower is open to the public for a fee and provides good views across the heart of the historic university city, especially Radcliffe Square, the Radcliffe Camera, Brasenose College, Oxford and All Souls College.
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  • Excellent cafe at the Entrance, had tea and scones which was amazing. A young lad served us who was so charming. The views were amazing once we got to the top of the challenging spiral stairs. Really....  more
    Excellent cafe at the Entrance, had tea and scones which was amazing. A young lad served us who was so charming. The views were amazing once we got to the top of the challenging spiral stairs. Really....  more »
  • Bell ringers are talentless. Out of tune, out of time, just a really horrible intrusive racket that has been non stop for over an hour to the point I cannot work. 
    Bell ringers are talentless. Out of tune, out of time, just a really horrible intrusive racket that has been non stop for over an hour to the point I cannot work.  more »
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  • Beautiful sunset while my stay there and I don’t wanna lose the opportunity to enjoy it. Beautiful church in the centre of Oxford. Lovely architecture. If you don't have.problems to climb stairs, I recommend the ascent to the Tower. The tower is the best place to get a great view to Oxford' Colleges but the climb is worth it. And the best: no wire screens obstructing the view, which makes it possible to have a bird eye view of city centre.
  • We went up the tower in the church. Brilliant views from the top. Seeing the carvings close up was a real experience. Didn't get long up there but was long enough to take photos etc. Worth a visit

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