Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower, Oxford: Hours, Address, Carfax Tower Reviews: 4/5

Architectural Buildings • Observation Decks & Towers
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10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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Located in Carfax, the center of Oxford's shopping area since the medieval times, this tower is all that remains of the 14th-century Church of St Martin.
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Dave F
Hedge End, UK7 contributions
Feb 2022
Very tight and steep staircase, so not for the fainthearted, but the views from the top of the tower were amazing
Written 16 February 2022
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Thank you for your kind comments, I'm glad you enjoyed the views!
Written 17 February 2022
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David R
Letchworth, UK67 contributions
Nov 2021
A great way to get an overall view of Oxford from above. Helpful staff and good exhibit on the way up.
Written 27 November 2021
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Thank you for the review, very glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 29 November 2021
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Visitor1176
United Kingdom1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Family
The tower tickets are too expensive for the offered experience... Nor worthing the money!
The views are nice, but the experience is too expensive, in my opinion.
Written 28 October 2021
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Hi there, I am sorry to hear you found the tickets too pricey, however, I'm glad you enjoyed the views.
Written 29 October 2021
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland16,908 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is a nice towers and structure with a clock tower and working bells and a clock. It’s located at the corner of High Street and Queens Street.
Written 17 October 2021
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Thank you for your feedback, it is good to hear you enjoyed the views.
Written 26 October 2021
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Purbeckphilk
Wareham, United Kingdom128 contributions
Oct 2021
A good way of getting an aerial view of Oxford & the colleges & at £3.00 a head it doesn't break the bank. The trip to the top involves spiral staircases. Cast iron & stone steps. It is quite narrow in places, so please keep this in mind. There is a half way point where you can rest & read the information with regard the history.
Written 8 October 2021
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Thank you for your positive feedback, it is good to hear you enjoyed your visit.
Written 26 October 2021
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AMBLBHBW
109 contributions
Aug 2021
£3 pp to climb the 99 steps to see the dreaming spires. Well worth it. A must do on your tour of Oxford. The Red Bus stops right outside. And you can pay in cash not card payment only as Oxford seems so keen on.
Written 26 August 2021
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Hi there, thank you for your positive feedback, it's good to hear you enjoyed your visit.
Written 27 August 2021
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Jane W
Glastonbury, UK42 contributions
Jun 2021
You get a great view of the Oxford rooftops as described in the Dark Materials trilogy! Full 360 degree vision of the dreaming spires. It's a long way down and the stairs are not for the nervous.
Written 22 June 2021
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Glad to hear you enjoyed the views!
Written 16 July 2021
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Roger pembs
5 contributions
Jun 2021
Not a huge amount to see inside the tower itself, but well worth the long climb up the stairs for the view over the city at the end.
The lady at the desk inside (Linda) was really friendly and welcoming. We only went in to ask whether the sightseeing bus was running; by the time we left she had sold us not only bus tickets, but also tickets for the tower itself and a walking tour! And all three were every bit as worthwhile as she said they were.
Written 8 June 2021
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Thank you for your positive feedback, I am glad you enjoyed the view of our beautiful City.
Written 16 July 2021
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Chris S
Gamlingay, UK141 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Great views, even on a rainy day and only £3 PP.

There's a lot of information inside the tower on the history and the staff are well informed.

Opened from 10am, we got there as it opened and went straight up.

Beware the steps are very steep and small in places.
Written 9 October 2020
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hannah
7 contributions
Sep 2020
Worth the climb for the amazing view at the top. Didn't take advance booking, but we were able to get in right when it opened and the 20 minute slot was plenty of time. One of the spiral staircases was very open and definitely a little scary if you don't like heights, but otherwise the climb was not difficult.
Written 3 October 2020
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