University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

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The University Church of St Mary the Virgin is a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive church within the Church of England. Standing in the centre of Oxford, St Mary’s is the spiritual heart of the oldest university in Britain. With dignified liturgy and beautiful music, we strive to be a community of intelligent and faithful Christian witness, unafraid to engage with the modern world.

Our ‘Vaults and Gardens’ cafe is famous for its delicious, organic, and locally sourced food. The Old Library is a popular venue for meetings, conferences and entertaining.

You can climb the thirteenth century tower for the best views in Oxford.
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  • The church itself is very beautiful, but it is highly recommended to spend the 5 pounds for the tower ascent! Picture book view of Oxford!!
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  • Just in time for afternoon tea we found the Congregation House of St Mary’s Church, a wonderful old building with arched ceilings and simple cafeteria style setup inside. The home made scones were fre...  more »
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  • The best part of the Church for me its the panoramic view you can get over Oxford from the top of the tower. It's simply breathtaking. £5 fee. There is a queue most of the time, but it's worth waiting. You won't regret it!
  • My wife wanted to come up on September 17, 2019 and I gave her company. There is no toilet facilities inside the Church. We had to wait before paying and accessing and then we found out the only staircase was straight and was meant for one person only. Good views aside, I was particularly struck to see a tourist’s initials and the year 1811 inscribed on one of the wall at the top level.
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