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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  • Visited to climb the tower, just £5 each and well worth the views. You can see for miles and it really helps to understand the perspective of Oxford. 
    Visited to climb the tower, just £5 each and well worth the views. You can see for miles and it really helps to understand the perspective of Oxford.  more »
  • I climbed up to the tower for a small fee. Certainly worth it for the view. Nice, a lot of history everywhere. 
    I climbed up to the tower for a small fee. Certainly worth it for the view. Nice, a lot of history everywhere.  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit while you are in Oxford. You can buy souvenir gifts from tower. Excellent view's from the tower on a good day. Tickets are £5 to go up the tower and you get 20 minutes there. The steps get a bit steep as you get to the top but it is worth it for the view.
  • Beautiful church (Anglican) within Oxford campus with some gorgeous stained window. It is free to enter the church however they do charge a small fee if you want to climb the church bell tower to get a view of the Oxford city. They have a small gift shop by the entrance/lobby area of the church as well as a cafe/restaurant. A great place to relax, pray, and meditate during the day!

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