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The Thames Valley Sights

Carfax Tower

  • Queen St. and Cornmarket Map It
  • Oxford
  • Building/Architectural Site

Updated 05/28/2014

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Passing through Carfax, the center of Oxford and where four roads meet, you can spot this tower. It's all that remains of St. Martin's Church, where Shakespeare stood as godfather for William Davenant, who himself became a playwright. Every 15 minutes, little mechanical "quarter boys" mark the passage of time on the tower front. Climb up the 99 steps of the dark stairwell for a good view of the town center.

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Queen St. and Cornmarket, Oxford, OX1 1DZ, England

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  • £2.30
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 10–5:30; Oct.–Mar., daily 10–dusk

Updated 05/28/2014


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