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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
+44 1865 276310
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This is another wonderful college worthy visiting. I am aware that Oxford is practically build of colleges and churches, but Merton College is one of these really worthy visiting.

Thank leuveen
Reviewed 16 August 2016

A very informative tour given by a current student, who brought humour into her fact giving and made the place come alive (both past and present). Apart from a wander round the quads we saw the Chapel and the old Library which were both fascinating.

Thank Regular_Reader
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Saw the queue for Christ Church, went to Merton. In the Chapel, a master was tuning the piano; the acoustics were stunning. Very interesting College, a peaceful and enjoyable visit with few people. Very nice gardens. Far from the madding crowd ;-)

Thank Devrim A
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Walk around Merton collage said to be the oldest collage in oxford university sadly my periscope did not save to my phone, however you can view it with the link here <a href="https://www.periscope.tv/JYparadoxchild/1DXxyZZynrvKM" target="_blank">Merton collage</a> <!--more--> On this trip I did not get to look...More

Thank Jane Y
Reviewed 21 July 2016

I recently stayed at Merton College at the University of Oxford. The trip was coordinated via Smithsonian Journeys. I've always wanted to go to Oxford and was finally able to take a class here. The dorm room was early '60s and the plumbing was, as...More

Thank GoJints
Reviewed 5 July 2016

A small but perfectly formed college worthy of attention for being the oldest college in Oxford or Cambridge. There is an argument but Merton has the oldest Royal Charter that is the template for all Oxbridge colleges. Its grounds are prize winning. The chapel is...More

Thank Mindy C
Reviewed 29 June 2016

We went to a free lunchtime organ recital at Merton College Chapel by renowned organist, Hans Leitner, organist and cathedral vicar at the Munich Frauenkirchein. The chapel organ is most impressive.

Thank Sk8teblade
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

The evening we went they were doing the special mass for the Queen's birthday. We attended the service (Church of England) and the choir was very impressive. There were 30 in the choir and with them singing and the organ there were no need for...More

Thank MartinR4961
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Do visit this exceptional beautiful college. Climb the stairs for the view. It is an oasis just a bit hidden at the a small steet behind High Street.

Thank Willem G
Reviewed 2 May 2016

The trompe l'oeille chapel. where the chancel is truncated but the rest of it painted to resemble it is interesting; the gardens are very good and there's plenty of ghosts to learn about.

Thank Helen K
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Aaron V
12 January 2015|
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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!