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Carfax Tower

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Queen Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1ET United Kingdom
01865 792653 www.citysightseeingoxford.com

The historical “centre point” of Oxford, Carfax Tower, is all that remains today of St. Martin’s Church, the official city church of Oxford from 1122 onwards.

The tower was built in 1818 as part of a reconstruction of the church, which was demolished in 1896 due to increasing traffic problems in the city centre.

Today the tower is the tallest point in central Oxford and so by climbing its 99 steps you can experience a unique bird’s eye view of the city’s famous “dreaming spires” skyline.

On the east façade the tower clock is adorned by two “quarter boys” who hit the bells to mark the passing of every “quarter” of the hour.

Opening Hours

High Season (April – September) – 10:00 to 17:00 daily
Shoulder Season (March and October) – 10:00 to 16:00 daily
Low Season (November – February) – 10:00 to 15:00 daily

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


Adults – £3.00
Children – £2.00

Great value “Combo” tickets are available to combine a visit to the tower with a trip on City Sightseeing’s open top bus tour or with your Park & Ride bus, saving you money.

Please visit https://www.citysightseeingoxford.com/oxford-bus-tour-and-attraction-tickets/ for further details.



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