Tower and Gift Shop

Radcliffe Camera through a window

We strongly encourage all our visitors to wear face coverings in the building.

The tower is the oldest part of the church still visible today. It dates from 1280 and is decorated with beautifully carved gargoyles and grotesques. The 127 steps up to the top lead you past the Clore Old Library and the historic bell ringing chamber.

Access to the Church remains free but visitors will need to purchase a ticket for the Tower.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while inside the church, shop and tower. Please remember to bring a face covering with you.

Opening Times 

Monday– Saturday 9.30am-5.00pm*

Sunday - 12noon-5.00pm*

*Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. At times, we may need to close the Tower for operational reasons. 

Ticket Prices

Tickets may be purchased in the church shop.

  • Individual  £5.00

There are no concessions.

To climb the tower, you must be aged 8+Children must be accompanied at all times.

Access to the tower is via a medieval spiral staircase and so we regret that there is no disabled access or pets to the tower. No refunds are available but timings may be adjusted. Please read our Terms and Conditions for further information.

St Mary’s (PCC) Ltd is a company registered in England (No. 3298067) whose trading address is the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ and whose registered office is 30 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LE (VAT registration number 195 3752 31).

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    Keeping You Safe

    We are committed to the health and safety of all who visit the University Church during the current pandemic. In our on-going efforts to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented the following enhanced protocols and procedures which you will notice during your time with us.

    • A designated entrance on the High Street and a designated exit through the tower into Radcliffe Square
    • A one way route through the University Church reinforcing social distancing guidelines
    • A limit to the number of people in the University Church at any one time – please note you may be asked to queue
    • A limit to the number of people in the Shop at any one time
    • Timed tickets for the tower to reduce queues
    • Restricted access for tour groups
    • Seating to be used only for services at designated times - some seating is available for private prayer in the Chancel
    • The provision of hand sanitizer stations throughout the site
    • Card and contactless payment facilities
    • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of touchpoints including handles, rails, seating and other facilities

    What can you do to help?

    • Please visit us at another time if you or a member of your household or group are feeling unwell
    • Wash your hands with the hand sanitiser provided
    • Wear a face covering
    • Ensure that you are in a group of no more than six people
    • Observe social distancing at all times and follow the one way route around the University Church
    • If you need to cough or sneeze, please do so into your elbow, not in your hand or the air