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Merton College

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Address: Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
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+44 1865 276310
14:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 14:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Founded in 1264 AD, Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. It is...

Founded in 1264 AD, Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. It is home to the oldest academic library in continuous use anywhere in Europe, which was built between 1373 and 1378. The buildings around the College span many time periods and illustrate several different architectural styles. The oldest buildings still standing date to the 1280s. The current student body comprises c. 700 students (equally divided between undergraduates and graduates). Open to tourists most days of the year. Charge £3. Regular tours available daily during the summer (July-September) at 2 and 3 pm. Bookings are recommended via the email address listed, though places are often available on the door. Charge £5 (£3 for Oxford University members and alumni with card), payable by cash or cheque only. If you are bringing a large group, please email us in advance. If you would like a tour of the college outside regular summer tour hours, please email in advance to determine availability.

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Very impressive organ

We went to a free lunchtime organ recital at Merton College Chapel by renowned organist, Hans Leitner, organist and cathedral vicar at the Munich Frauenkirchein. The chapel... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2016
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

We went to a free lunchtime organ recital at Merton College Chapel by renowned organist, Hans Leitner, organist and cathedral vicar at the Munich Frauenkirchein. The chapel organ is most impressive.

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Radford, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

The evening we went they were doing the special mass for the Queen's birthday. We attended the service (Church of England) and the choir was very impressive. There were 30 in the choir and with them singing and the organ there were no need for microphones! Powerful and beautiful voices. It was quite an experience and the service was finished... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 11 May 2016

Do visit this exceptional beautiful college. Climb the stairs for the view. It is an oasis just a bit hidden at the a small steet behind High Street.

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

The trompe l'oeille chapel. where the chancel is truncated but the rest of it painted to resemble it is interesting; the gardens are very good and there's plenty of ghosts to learn about.

Thank Helen K
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

The buildings of this college is one of the most beautiful of all colleges I've seen until now in Oxford. The buildings seem to be older than other buildings. The quads are beautiful. I like the small meadow beside the chapel. The chapel is lovely.

Thank Saskia B
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

Made to feel welcome... Beautiful singing ... Candlelit evensong is always worth a go even if you are a non Christian! After 700 years singing at Merton College they know how to hit the note!

Thank Bill W
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

As one of the oldest colleges in Oxford, Merton College is a beautiful space located a block away from the busy high street. Don't miss the walking tours in the summer that takes you into the college library, which is the oldest academic library in the world.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2016

This is a must see if you are in the area. As its the oldest college in Oxford is it beautiful and real interesting to see.

Thank Thomas K
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Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

No visit to Oxford would be complete without a visit to Merton one of the most ancient of the colleges. From its lovely"Mob Quad" the oldest in Oxford to the lovely view of Merton Field and Christ Church meadows this is a must see.

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Reviewed 14 November 2015

Merton is one of the University's oldest colleges and frequently featured on Inspector Morse. The quads are typically beautiful, and the chapel is lovely.

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