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Walking and Biking Tour of Oxford
"The Oxford walking and bikingh tour combines the best of both worlds. Being on foot for part of the tour allows you to not only go into pedestrian areas such as the Christ Church meadows but also to go inside the colleges. The tour will visit some of Oxford’s oldest colleges detailing their development throughout history as well as the fun and curious aspects of this route.The tour will additionally enter the Bodleian Library. Established in 1602 it is undoubtedly the academic heart that keeps Oxford running. An organizational marvel soaked in history along with some modern elements. For example
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Oxford University Walking Tour
"This 2-hour Oxford University walking tour starting in central Oxford at 2pm (departures at 11am and 2pm on weekends) is designed to show you the world behind the doors. Using Oxford University students as your guide the walking tour unearths the drama behind this historic institution with a unique style. Small intimate groups enable the guides to concentrate on more diverse aspects of University life and you to ask more from them. Go inside one of ol as well as the Bodleian Library experience a taste student life. Get an in-depth history of the University colleges including All Souls College
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Oxford University Walking Tour
"This 2-hour Oxford University walking tour starting in central Oxford at 2pm (departures at 11am and 2pm on weekends) is designed to show you the world behind the doors. Using Oxford University students as your guide the walking tour unearths the drama behind this historic institution with a unique style. Small intimate groups enable the guides to concentrate on more diverse aspects of University life and you to ask more from them. Go inside one of ol as well as the Bodleian Library experience a taste student life. Get an in-depth history of the University colleges including All Souls College
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Saxon Tower

From 1040 AD the Saxon Tower of St.Michael has stood at the corner of Ship street and Cornmarket street Oxford.- Visitors can climb to the top for a great view of Oxford. Admission is from the Visitor Centre.

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Saxon Tower

The Saxon Tower of St Michael at the North Gate on the corner of Ship Street and Cornmarket Street dates from about 1040. Visitors can climb the tower and enjoy panoramic views of Oxford from the roof. Entrance is via the Visitor Reception Centre and costs £1.50. The adjoining church has undergone much rebuilding and restoration work over the centuries.

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Feb 20, 2015

Saxon Tower of St Michael at the North Gate

Dating from 1040, the church tower is the oldest building in Oxford. Found on the corner of Cornmarket St and Ship St, it marks the former north gate of the city - just outside the city limits on what is now Broad St was were the Oxford Martyrs were burnt at the stake.

Artefacts are displayed in the tower including a 15th century pulpit and the door from Cranmer's prison cell.

Open Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12 noon - 5pm.
Admission fee: £1.50

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Nov 15, 2010

The Saxon Tower

This medieval tower is the oldest building in Oxford, nearly 1,000 years old. It offers fine views of the town. It contains a number of historical treasures, including the cells where religious martyrs were held.

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Nov 21, 2005
 
 
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1000-year old view of Oxford

I just love climbing up tall things in cities to admire the panoramic view :-))

In Oxford, you have a choice of church towers to ascend. The best 360 degree view is reputed to be from St Mary the Virgin Church, next to the Radcliffe Camera.

However, you can also climb up the oldest building in Oxford. St Michael at the North Gate has a tower which dates back to the year 1050, before the Normans invaded England! In the tower there is also a collection of the church valuables. And the 15th century church accounts.

From the top of the tower you can see across the rooftops to the Oxfordshire countryside, with the Radcliffe Camera, Oxford Castle and Tom Tower in clear view. Adults £1.50, children 80p.

The one drawback is the interior of the church is not wonderful, just pleasant - it burnt down in the 1950's. The interior of St Mary the Virgin is far more impressive, but to climb the tower you pay more.

Carfax Tower, at the end of Cornmarket Street in the heart of Oxford, is also open to climb, but no church, just a tower.

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May 25, 2005

the Saxon Tower

Oxford's oldest building is one of the Saxon Towers that made up the city's fortifications.

Built in about 1040 it was part of the Church of St Micheal of the Northgate, though the East Gates & West Gates are long gone except for the name Westgate which is a shopping centre off Queen Street.

The Tower was also part of Bocardo Prison where the Bishops Cramner, Latimer & Ridley were imprisoned there until their execution (see entry for the Martyrs memorial)

The current Tower has a gift shop & a fee is charged to enter & climb the tower itself.

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Feb 26, 2003

Saxon Tower

The Saxon Tower on Cornmarket is the oldest building in Oxford. You can climb the tower to get a nice view over Cornmarket and the colleges and buildings nearby.

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Jun 24, 2003

Dreaming Spires

There are many vantage points from where you can survey Oxford's famous dreaming spires. The Saxon Tower, Carfax Tower and St. Mary's Church all offer great views over the city.

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Things to Do Near Oxford

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Magdalen College

Magdalen College is accessible via High Street, and the first thing you'll see are the gargoyles on the wall. They are typical for Oxford (see this, this or this gallery), and of course Magdalen...
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Tom Tower

Tom Tower is a bell tower named for its bell, Great Tom. It is over the entrance to Christ Church Oxford in St Aldates leads to Tom Quad .The octagonal lantern tower was designed by Christopher...
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Carfax Tower

Located at one of the most important junctions in central Oxford, Carfax Tower has a very prominent place among Oxford's landmarks. It was once the tower of St. Martin's Church, but the church was...
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Christ Church College

Founded in 1546, Christ Church is nowadays Oxford's biggest and also one of its richest colleges. Its front quad alone provides enough space for a "normal" college... Moreover, the college is home to...
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Christ Church Meadow

One of the nicest walks in Oxford is the roughly 2km long path around Christ Church Meadow. Old trees line the path, students sit on benches or leaning onto the roots of a huge chestnut or beech tree...
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Radcliffe Camera

Radcliffe Camera a lovely round building in Oxford. Designed by Jame Gibb in neo-classical style it was built between 1737 -and 1749. for the Radcliffe Science Library. The name Camera is Room in...
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