University Church Of St. Mary The VirginCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ, United Kingdom
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44018-65279111
- Ticket Price: 4 EUR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Exhibition
There is no dearth of churches at Oxford, but the Church of St. Mary the Virgin is probably the oldest and most beautiful parish church in the city. The Church also holds a special place in the history of the English Reformation. The ‘Virgin Porch’ beneath the Church Tower has a statue of the Virgin and the Child that had been damaged by bullet holes during the Cromwell revolution. Since the building was regarded as the first building of the university, it would not be an exaggeration to say this happens to be the birth place of the University of Oxford.
The stained glass windows and the paintings over the chancel alter are some of the most remarkable features of the Church design.
- Join the tour groups that explore various sections and offer fascinating information about the origin of this historic landmark and the events that took place here.
- Climb up to the Church tower, the oldest part St. Mary’s, to see the pretty skyline of Oxford. Good luck with the 127 narrow steps though.
- Drop in at the Vaults and Garden located at the Church’s old congregation house. You can enjoy meals around the day here while you sit and gaze contemplatively at the Radcliffe Camera.
The gift shop at the Church offers a decent collection of souvenirs, books on the architecture and history of the Church, postcards, guidebooks and more.
University Church Of St. Mary The Virgin Travel Tips
- Visitors with heart conditions or other medical ailments should refrain from climbing the Church Tower.
- The Church Tower does not have disabled access.
Entrance Ticket Details For University Church Of St. Mary The Virgin
- The ticket price applies to the guided tours. There is no cost to enter the church but visitors need to buy tickets to enter the Tower.
- Discount on tickets is available for children (aged 5-15), senior citizens, families and University of Oxford students.
University Church Of St. Mary The Virgin Hours
- The Church is closed when private ceremonies are on.
How to Reach University Church Of St. Mary The Virgin
- By bus: Turl Street (Stop L1) – 12C, 101, 103, 104, 108, 118, 270, 275, 280, N1, N3, N8, NU1, T1. Queens Lane (Stop J3) – 3, 3B, 4, 4A, 4B, 5, 13, 23, 270, 280, 400, N3.
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University Church Of St. Mary The Virgin Reviews & Ratings
Beautiful church - a wonderful combination of stone, wood and stained-glass windows. You can feel the past ages and the students who were coming here to pray. The view from the “tower” is breathtaking - you will see all of those famous colleagues all together - similar but different.
Iconic must visit attraction in Oxford City center. Well worth the £5 to climb the 172 odd narrow, steep steps up the Spire. Superb views of the City.
The views! The views! An interesting church in a central location with great views from the top. Doesn't take long to look around inside, which is beautiful for a church this size. We paid about £10 for two adults and a child to go up the tower/spire. To just look around in side the church it is free. There is a cafe (?) inside on the north aspect. We were there as and before the sun set on a winter afternoon, and the light and views of the college's and city and Radcliffe Camera were unbeatable. The spire architecture and gargoyles etc were right there in front of you. You may have to wait 10 min or so to see the views as it is a tight space up the top, and I think they allow about 15 people at a time. Totally worth a 30 min wait we would say. There is a section on the way up the stairs that explains the clock and some history of the building. Plenty of stairs but worth it. Our kid loved it and this was a bit of a surprise. Outside on the west aspect, make sure you take note of the lamp post.
A very interesting building. Great view from the tower (a charge applies). The crypt restaurant is definitely worth eating in: very interesting food and reasonably priced.
Beautiful church. We had lunch in the café, a beautiful room dating back to about 1320. The food was delicious. I can highly recommend the cod with Balinese spices.