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Carfax Tower, Oxford

Categories: Observation Decks, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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3.7/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Carfax is at the junction of St Aldate's (south), Cornmarket Street (north), Queen Street (west) and the High Street (east) in Oxford, England. It is considered to be the centre of the city, and is at. The name "Carfax" derives from the Latin "quadrifurcus" via the French "carrefour", both of which mean "crossroads".TowerSt Martin's Tower, popularly called "Carfax Tower", is on the northwest corner of Carfax. It is all that remains of the 12th-century St Martin's Church and is now owned by the Oxford City Council. It was the official City Church of Oxford, where the Mayor and Corporation were expected to worship, between about 1122 and 1896, when the main part of the church was demolished to make more room for road traffic. In 1896 the City Church was moved to All Saints Church in the High Street.The tower is tall, and no building in central Oxford may be built higher than it. It is a Grade II* listed building.The tower still has a ring of six bells: five recast from the original ring by Richard Keene of Woodstock in 1676, plus another cast by Keene two years later. They are rung on special occasions by the Oxford Society of Change Ringers.
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  • We have climbed up the tower during the visit to Oxford. The views are brilliant from the top. It is a great place to visit to view the spires and the rooftops of Oxford. 
  • Intended to climb Carfax Tower at the weekend but changed my mind when I saw the tiny spiral staircase. I'm a big chap and the stairwell was only slightly wider than me so I backed out which was a sha...  read more »
  • With a entrance price of £2.50 I didn't think it was value for money. Nice climb up the spiral staircase but the view from the top was disappointing, to many modern structures. 
  • Very cheap fee to get to climb the tower, there is a set of (allegedly) 99 steps, which are extremely steep (so if you are scared of heights, I recommend you do not climb). Once you are at the top, there is a small platform for you to walk around in and look around. There is no railing, but the ledge is high enough so that it is safe. It sometimes gets a bit crowded but this is the highest tower in the area, so from here you will be able to see the whole Oxford.
  • Interesting narrow staircase up to the top to get a good bird's eye view of Oxford. Worth going
  • A well preserved icon of Oxfords history. Please remember that this tower wasn't made for tourists before you complain.
  • Great view from the top. It would be nice to have more info about the history and construction of the tower itself!
  • Interesting building. Great meeting point.
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