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St. Michael at the Northgate Church

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St Michael at the North Gate, Cornmarket Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3EY United Kingdom
01865 240940 Visit Website »

St Michael at the North Gate is an ancient place. The Saxon Tower, built c1040, is Oxford’s oldest building.  On your climb to the top, you will see the door of the Bocardo prison cell as well as a wealth of treasures and artefacts.

The Church is the City Church of Oxford playing an important part in the civic life of the city of Oxford.  The church is used to mark any official occasions, such as remembrance services, royal commemorations or public celebrations.

There is a free lunch-time concert each Monday at 1.00pm – check the website www.smng.org.uk for the latest programme.

The Saxon Tower

It is easy climb to the top, with wide staircases and items of interest on the way up. These include the door through which the Oxford Martyrs, Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley and then Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, would have passed on the way to their place of execution in Broad Street, a Treasury, which houses some lovely pieces from various times in the churches history, and the working mechanism of the old church clock.

At the top you are rewarded with a view of bustling Cornmarket and the spires and rooftops of Oxford ancient and modern.

The Church

The church is open to the public every day.

It includes the beautiful Lady chapel, the Henry Willis III organ, a number of commemorative stained glass windows including St George’s window and the Burma Star Window. The font, still in use for baptisms, is recorded as being where William Shakespeare once stood as Godfather, though it was situated in St Martin’s church at the time.

There are regular weekday and Sunday services open to the public.

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.00pm
Sunday 12.30pm to 5.00pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Admission Prices

Adults: £3.00
Children: £1.80
Families £8.50
Groups of 10 or more: £2.50 per person

Free entrance to the church


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