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The Thames Valley Sights

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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  • Oxford
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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Seven hundred years' worth of funeral monuments crowd this galleried and spacious church, including the tombstone on the altar steps of Amy Robsart, the wife of Robert Dudley, Elizabeth I's favorite. One pillar marks the site where Thomas Cranmer, author of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, was brought to trial and executed for heresy by Queen Mary I (Cranmer had been a key player in the Protestant reforms). The top of the 14th-century tower has a panoramic view of the city's skyline. It's worth the 127 steps. The Vaults and Garden Café, part of the church accessible from Radcliffe Square, serves breakfasts and cream teas as well as good lunches.

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High St., Oxford, OX1 4BJ, England

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Sight Details:

  • Church free, tower £4
  • Sept.–June, daily 9–5; July–Aug., daily 9–6; last admission 30 min before closing


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