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Carfax Tower, Oxford

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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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  • Not for those who have eaten too many pies, but if you don't mind a couple of very slim winding metal staircases and a slightly wider stone staircase, then the view is well worth the climb.  more »
  • Being about two weeks in Oxford, making every day after training hiking every day started his path from Carfax clock tower. Very cute and conveniently located at the crossroads of major ways to the main attractions. Although the entire old city, itself a point of interest in England and the world. Recommend.
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  • After paying your £2.50 entrance fee, the first ascent you make up Carfax Tower is up a metal spiral staircase. A warning - it's not very roomy. You come to a large landing where there is a good bit o...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The view from the top is alright, but it's not quite high enough to be interesting and there was lots of construction nearby when I went up. The whole thing feels unloved and underdeveloped.
  • Wonderful piece of old oxford, right in the middle of a bustling town. Views from the top are great too!
  • Great place to see the range of sights in Oxford ... Old and new. City buildings and peaceful meadows
  • Decent view, decent price - the University Church of St Mary (just beside the Radcliffe Camera) has a much better view!