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Merton College

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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...more
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Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD, England
+44 1865 276310
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 December 2014

Merton College (under Benjamin Nicholas) and The Queen's College (under Professor Owen Rees) have the two best mixed-voice college choirs in Oxford. I now strongly prefer to hear the college choirs with 20-year-old sopranos rather than 12-year-old (boy) trebles. There is little to choose between...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 24 August 2012

You could walk around, but you couldn't get into any of the buildings, so this is probably an OK place as the grounds are beautiful, but isn't a must do.

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Reviewed 7 October 2018

I attended a Choral Evensong at 330 pm on a Wednesday which was later broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This is a must for lovers of choir music and this is one of several colleges with boys choirs in Oxford. The chapel also is gothic...More

Thank LisandroVoyager
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Visit this college if only fir the unique chimes from the tower which feature so often in Morse. Inside the chapel look up at the gallery where the bell ringers stare across a void at each other. Enjoy the views of Christchurch meadows and just...More

Thank Tony F
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Oxford Open Doors took us by surprise during our first stay ever in this wonderful city. Walking in the steps of Professor J.R.R Tolkien, we had the chance to enter the beautiful walls and gardens of this ancient place, where he wandered, thought, taught and...More

Thank Silvia S
Reviewed 2 September 2018

We attended a Smithsonian Journeys class at Merton College Oxford and really enjoyed our stay. The college was founded in the 1260s and is very charming. During the summer months travelers have the opportunity to stay in the college dorms through many travel programs. This...More

Thank MVCA0Traveler
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We came upon this college while wandering around on our first day visiting Oxford. We were walking by the chapel and heard classical organ music. It was heavenly! We decided to go explore the college. It was worth the £3 per adult that we paid....More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

There are so many colleges in Oxford that it is difficult to decide which one to visit. We opted for Merton College as being one of the oldest Foundations in the University of Oxford and it looked so peaceful from the street. Entrance fee is...More

Thank Quentin L
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We attended a concert in the Chapel which was fairly filled. Another lovely venue for enjoying fine music.

Thank Patricia T
Reviewed 19 July 2018

We stayed at the college for a week, attending a continuing education class on the Anglo Saxons. During that period, one of the graduate students showed us the fascinating 14th century library (one of the oldest in Europe). I toured the beautiful chapel (with its...More

Thank mvidro
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Delightful garden party with a tour of the college which was excellent! Beautiful grounds, lots of history and thanks to Freeths an excellent afternoon!

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Reviewed 5 July 2018

A very helpful student showed us around this oasis-like college where the facilities are fantastic. The buildings are beautiful and the well-kept gardens look out over wide green areas. There is an impressive chapel too. I wish I was young again so I could be...More

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12 January 2015|
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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!