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Merton College

Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
+44 1865 276310
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Founded in 1264 AD, Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. It is home to the oldest academic library in continuous use anywhere in Europe, which was built between 1373 and 1378. The buildings around the College span many time periods and illustrate several different architectural styles. The oldest buildings still standing date to the 1280s. The current student body comprises c. 700 students (equally divided between undergraduates and graduates). Open to tourists most days of the year. Charge £3. Regular tours available daily during the summer (July-September) at 2 and 3 pm. Bookings are recommended via the email address listed, though places are often available on the door. Charge £5 (£3 for Oxford University members and alumni with card), payable by cash or cheque only. If you are bringing a large group, please email us in advance. If you would like a tour of the college outside regular summer tour hours, please email in advance to determine availability.
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Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I got a bit lost and accidentally stumbled upon Merton during Oxford Open Doors day. So I went it, and didn't regret it. Really lovely college, particularly the gardens and the chapel.

Thank plushkanyc
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Simply a beautiful college, special in many ways from the chapel to the real tennis court, arguably the best place to visit in Oxford.

Thank BrushM
Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Quite right! So glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Love love love Merton College. Beautiful buildings and gardens. Would have liked the opportunity to visit the 'inside' garden but it stated that not for visitors. Happy to have a glimpse though through the gates.

Thank MYKLW33
Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Very glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

I'm paraphrasing from a Merton library Latin window inscription picked out by Cameron (a DPhil student) giving the college tour. Aimed at the students it's also relevant to the time-pressed tourist. We had a fabulous insight into arguably the oldest Oxford college. Engaging and educative...More

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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Hi there! We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Merton. Do come and visit us again on any return trip to Oxford!

Reviewed 10 July 2017

We had a guided tour around this place, the guide was studying ww1 history and he was so informative about everything. The tour lasted an hour and we were taken all around the college and into the oldest library in oxford. The chapel was amazing....More

Thank 165Melly1
Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Hello! Thanks for your kind words about our student-run tours. We very much enjoy giving them, especially when lovely visitors come along!

Reviewed 24 June 2017

Merton traces its origins from the 1260s when Walter de Merton, Chancellor to Henry III and later Edward II drew up statutes for the creation of a self-governing academic community whose endowments were vested in the Warden and Fellows. The Hall, Chapel and Front Quad...More

Thank futtock21
Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Thanks for visiting Merton and revelling in its history!

Reviewed 27 May 2017

Entered Merton at 17h30 and discovered beautiful buildings including a magnificent chapel. The evensong was breath taking with a very impressive organ and wonderful mixed choir singing the ancient English texts.

Thank Paul S
Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

So glad that you enjoyed visiting the College. The Chapel and Choir are indeed super!

Reviewed 25 May 2017

While I walked by a number of the buildings that make up Merton, I went specifically one afternoon to the evensong service in the college chapel. It was beautiful, peaceful, a quietude I needed. Lovely.

Thank Elizabeth62-10
Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Very glad to hear that you enjoyed Evensong. We have sung services 4 times a week during University Term, which are open to all.

Reviewed 17 May 2017

Merton is by far the best college in Oxford, a hidden gem. It is lesser known than its neighbour Christ Church but much more beautiful and peaceful. A tranquil step back in time from the hustle and bustle of the Oxford crowds. Great value for...More

Thank Tegan C
Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Thanks for your kind review. The new Girls Choir is so lovely! Very happy to hear that you're considering returning to visit. Remember, that if you visit us between July and September, you can also visit the medieval Library on one of our guided tours...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

I was in the Oxford Berkeley program that is housed at Merton, attended from 2000 to 2014, living in the college and taking a 3 week course. Living in the college is a magical experience, so peaceful and beautiful behind those walls, and with experiences...More

Thank travellernot2rist
Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

The Oxford Berkeley students are once again in residence now, and we've been excited to show them around on our tours of the medieval Library! Thanks for sharing your fond memories of the College.

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Please visit Merton's website to contact the admissions team directly. They will be able to help you with any questions you may have!
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