Tower and Gift Shop

Christmas & New Year’s at St Mary’s 


Opening Times

Monday 19 November
9.30am - 5pm

Tuesday 20 December
9.30am - 5pm

Wednesday 21 December
9.30am - 5pm

Thursday 22 December
9.30am - 5pm

Friday 23 December 
9.30am - 5pm

Saturday 24 December (Christmas Eve)
9.30am - 4pm

Sunday 25 December (Christmas Day) 
Open for services only

Monday 26 December

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).