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Merton College

Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
+44 1865 276310
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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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Reviewed July 10, 2017

We had a guided tour around this place, the guide was studying ww1 history and he was so informative about everything. The tour lasted an hour and we were taken all around the college and into the oldest library in oxford. The chapel was amazing....More

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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017

Hello! Thanks for your kind words about our student-run tours. We very much enjoy giving them, especially when lovely visitors come along!

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Reviewed June 24, 2017

Merton traces its origins from the 1260s when Walter de Merton, Chancellor to Henry III and later Edward II drew up statutes for the creation of a self-governing academic community whose endowments were vested in the Warden and Fellows. The Hall, Chapel and Front Quad...More

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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017

Thanks for visiting Merton and revelling in its history!

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Reviewed May 26, 2017

Entered Merton at 17h30 and discovered beautiful buildings including a magnificent chapel. The evensong was breath taking with a very impressive organ and wonderful mixed choir singing the ancient English texts.

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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017

So glad that you enjoyed visiting the College. The Chapel and Choir are indeed super!

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Reviewed May 24, 2017

While I walked by a number of the buildings that make up Merton, I went specifically one afternoon to the evensong service in the college chapel. It was beautiful, peaceful, a quietude I needed. Lovely.

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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017

Very glad to hear that you enjoyed Evensong. We have sung services 4 times a week during University Term, which are open to all.

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Reviewed May 17, 2017

Merton is by far the best college in Oxford, a hidden gem. It is lesser known than its neighbour Christ Church but much more beautiful and peaceful. A tranquil step back in time from the hustle and bustle of the Oxford crowds. Great value for...More

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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017

Thanks for your kind review. The new Girls Choir is so lovely! Very happy to hear that you're considering returning to visit. Remember, that if you visit us between July and September, you can also visit the medieval Library on one of our guided tours...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2017

I was in the Oxford Berkeley program that is housed at Merton, attended from 2000 to 2014, living in the college and taking a 3 week course. Living in the college is a magical experience, so peaceful and beautiful behind those walls, and with experiences...More

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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017

The Oxford Berkeley students are once again in residence now, and we've been excited to show them around on our tours of the medieval Library! Thanks for sharing your fond memories of the College.

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Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

This college is one of the few where you have to pay to enter. The buildings are beautiful. The chapel is not really that unique. But it worth it.More

Thank Estueban
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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017

We're glad to hear that your found our admission charge worth paying! If you visit us in the summer (July-September), we also have guided tours that include the medieval Library. These are just £5 (inc. the admission charge), and delivered by current students at the...More

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Reviewed December 3, 2016

Merton is a tonic after its brash neighbour, Christ Church; small and pretty much perfect..close to the epicentre of Oxford Uni..must see

Thank Edmond B
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Merton_Tours, Tour Coordinator at Merton College, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017

Thank you very much for your kind review! Do visit us in the summer sometime (July-September), so that you can see the medieval Library on one of our guided tours.

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Reviewed October 12, 2016

Great architure and history. Beautuful college at the University of Oxford, over 750 years old. Well worth taking a tour.

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Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

This is another wonderful college worthy visiting. I am aware that Oxford is practically build of colleges and churches, but Merton College is one of these really worthy visiting.

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Please visit Merton's website to contact the admissions team directly. They will be able to help you with any questions you may have!
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