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St. Michael at the Northgate

Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY, England
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A beautiful church....

St Michaels almost looks out of place in the middle of the shopping area...we climbed it a few... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
shane s
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
amazing view over oxford from the open roof top

lovely church and tower nice climb to the top friendly staff , rooftop quite small but safe... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Melksham, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“saxon tower” (10 reviews)
“oldest building” (12 reviews)
“small fee” (8 reviews)
Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY, England
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

St Michaels almost looks out of place in the middle of the shopping area...we climbed it a few years previously at a low cost and did not rate the views too highly...not quite high enough.It is found on the corner of Ship Street and Cornmarket...More

1  Thank shane s
Reviewed 7 November 2017

lovely church and tower nice climb to the top friendly staff , rooftop quite small but safe , probaly a 45 minute visit really nice to see the winter sun setting

Thank nicolaclifford
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

I was with friends in Oxford, on limited time, they had never seen our beautiful city so I whisked them up the tower at St Michael's. I have never been before but it was recommended to me. It was a 'wow' experience. The wonderful music...More

Thank Graham S
Reviewed 25 October 2017

We took some friends to the church after hearing of the beautiful views of Oxford from the top of the tower. The views were fantastic and the church itself was beautiful too.

Thank Starsky66666
Reviewed 23 October 2017

I stumbled across St Michael's church and tower by accident. The church is beautiful. The stained glass windows are beautiful. The church has lots of leaflets and guides detailing the history. I than went up to the tower. The views from the top of the...More

Thank Tweets3006
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I have seen this church many times - but never had time to have a look, It is supposed to be the oldest building in Oxford, it appears that way, even the cemetery looks very old. I didn't have a lot of time so a...More

Thank Howlo
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Apparently the oldest building in Oxford. Over a thousand years old. They have some interesting artefacts which are worth a few minutes investment reading up upon. All makes the journey more valuable. The stairs are very solid and clearly dependable. The bell in the tower...More

Thank eyeonbroadstreet
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

The tower is awsome! For a small fee you get to go up the highest and oldest tower in the city. The view is WOW. As you come down take a look inside the church. It is simple and inviting. They also have a gift...More

Thank Christine L
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

I'm a sucker for a tower view of any town. This should be in your list if you enjoy looking out, getting oriented to your surroundings.

Thank BunSmoke
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Intereseting little exhibition. Good views of Oxford from the top of the tower. Dont miss the prison door!

Thank Ken S
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