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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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  • This is a good way to see Oxford and work out exactly where everything is - not always easy from the ground! The 99 steps are quite claustrophobic but the view is excellent once you have made it. It w...  more »
  • Well worth a visit the views are stunning. A big, tall and imposing building. Loads and loads of tourist taking pictures including me. A must visit.  more »
  • Before the use of mobile phones, this was the place to meet your date. It's still used as a landmark when people describe how to get to places around the city.  more »
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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.