St Mary the Virgin
High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ Route Planner
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9am-5pm (Jul-Aug: 6pm) - tower 9.30am-5pm (Sun 11.30am-5pm), Jul-Aug 9.30am-6pm (Sun 11.30am-6pm) - last admission 30min before closing


St Mary the Virgin Church is built in Perpendicular Gothic (late 15 C) and has a 13 C Decorated Gothic tower. From the tower, admire the view of the city's dreaming spires, domes, quads, and the surrounding hills. It has a charming and unusual Baroque porch by Nicholas Stone (1637). St Mary's is the University Church, and adjoins the first rooms used by the university, Congregation House, with the first library just above.


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