Oxford Dreaming Spires

Standing in the very centre of Oxford, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin is the spiritual heart of the oldest university in Britain, and has been the focus of Christian worship and of debates about religion, politics, and morality for over seven hundred years.

The spire of the University Church of St Mary, open Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm (last admission), Sun 11.45-4.30pm, in the High St: the most extensive view of the city and surrounding countryside.


Near Oxford are many exceptionally fine and beautiful churches, among them Iffley, Ewelme, Yarnton, Deddington, Adderbury, Chipping Campden, Burford and Swinbrook. Check with Simon Jenkins’ England’s Thousand Best Churches.