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Address: Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY, England
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The Saxon tower of St. Michael in the Northgate is the oldest surviving...

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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Charming church

Have been here a fair few times. the Tower is well worth going up. 97 steps if i recal. old Saxon Tower with nice views,( pay small amount for access to tower) Never busy.very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 September 2016
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited this church and climbed its tower -- if you go on a sunny day, the views across the Oxford skyline are simply lovely. Very interesting Tudor artifacts, notably the door through which Archbishop Cranmer walked on his way to his execution. Reasonably priced to climb the tower, and it's not overly too strenuous.

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Aberdare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nominal fee to climb the Tower and not that hard to climb. Fantastic views from the top. There were six of us up there at the same time which I found a little crowded to walk around as it is quite narrow to pass each other. Apart from that it was an enjoyable visit. On the way up to... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tower has an interesting history (starting from the 11th century) which is explained on the walls as you go up the stairs to the top, It is located in a central location, so the view from the top is very nice.

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Thank moratderech
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Oxford is a very busy frenetic loud place. St Michael's the Northgate is a place of refuge where peace and quiet can be found for contemplation. On a Friday at 12.30 there is a Book of Common Prayer Communion which I found very welcoming on a frenetic day.

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The basic church is quite modest but the climb up the Saxon tower is well worth it! It is an interesting climb (old bells, the door to Thomas Crammer's prison cell, etc. but it is the view from the top (not too large a climb) that make the trip worth your while. What a wonderful way to soak up the... More 

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ESSEX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Quite a modest church inside but a climb to the top of the Saxon Tower is a must. There are about 100 steps but you can have a bit of a breather on a couple of the floors. There are historic artefacts to look at while on the way up! You can marvel at the door that several martyrs passed... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

I'm utterly disappointed at how terrible the interior is kept at this moment. From outside the church is one of most interesting buildings in Oxford, I was really eager to see interior as well. There is nothing really worth seeing, the tower is not that high too - so if you wish to climb it just to take a photo... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Have been here a fair few times. the Tower is well worth going up. 97 steps if i recal. old Saxon Tower with nice views,( pay small amount for access to tower) Never busy.very quiet considering the noisy street outside.small shop on site.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

My sister and I found St. Michael's by chance while wandering down Cornmarket Street. We asked about the climb up the tower, which was a very modest price. The staircase is easy to manage with approximately 100 steps. Make the climb if you can - at the top you can see all around the spires of Oxford, with a plaque... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

It is well worth visiting this lovely church with a superb 14th century font and some even earlier medieval stained glass but the real treasure has to be the Saxon Tower for a small donation you can climb this ancient tower the oldest building in Oxford there are some surprising and interesting artifacts to see on the way up including... More 

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