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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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  • August 19, 2017
     The Tower in the Centre of Oxford is a symbolic presence of the city.  Originally built as a church tower, is now independent as the clock tower. I've stopped to take pictures, view of look from my little fear of heights can climb this tower is
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  • August 16, 2017
    Climbed the steps and had a good look out over Oxford.I think I paid under £3 to do this and the view was worth it. The sleeping spires can be seen in practically all directions. Not expensive really ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    If random, which returns every quarter of an hour, allows you to hear the carillon tint and the characters that sound the Bell come alive ("Quarter boys"), this little show worth its minute stop, especially as this tower is very central, in a lively and shopping area. As for the view, at the top, at 2.50 pounds, and after having climbed a hundred steps (spiral staircase), you will have a panoramic view of the Mediterranean landscape, roofs, spires, universities, gardens... but the climb worth the price? If allow you your legs, the answer is yes, if you are in a hurry, stay on the ground of the cows, and admire the cityscape to pavement height, starting with cantilever at the crossroads buildings. It is already very good.
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  • It's always worth a quick trip up the tower with any visitors new to Oxford. The views are lovely and the tickets are very cheap. The incredibly narrow, winding staircase isn't for the fainthearted though so have a look at it first before handing your money over! ;0
  • Must see place in Oxford. The entrance is cheap and you have a good view on the city from the top. I feel like it could be exploited better. There are really few notes on its history, it would be nice to learn something more on it while visiting.
  • Excellent views from right in the centre of Oxford. Cheap too, and manned by one of the most fun people I met during my stay!
  • Great views. Lovely bit of history
  • Right in the middle of Oxford. A trip up the narrow steps and you can see all around, with a great view of the colleges.

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