The church is open throughout the year from 9.00am - 5.00pm (July and August 9am - 6pm), except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, when it opens only for advertised services and when a private ceremony, such as a wedding or funeral is taking place. Welcomers and Guides are usually on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Please feel free to use this space for quiet prayer and meditation.
St Mary’s has a fascinating history both as the University Church and as a meeting place for some of the most prolific thinkers of the past. Join one of our trained guides who will lead you on a captivating journey through the centuries from the birth of the University to the present day. Drop in tours are available free of charge to individuals and family visitors at designated times throughout the week. These times are subject to the availability of volunteer guides. If you are interested in attending one of these tours, you are advised to call ahead to confirm details. Tours typically last 30-40mins. Register for a tour with a volunteer on arrival. Please note that spaces are limited; drop in tours cannot be pre-booked and operate subject to the availability of volunteer guides.
Pre-booked guided tours for groups
If you are bringing a group to Oxford and would like a guided tour of St Mary's, please complete the Group Bookings Form and return it to the church office. Our guided tour coordinator will then contact you to confirm availability and finalise the details of your tour.
Please note that the tower may be closed at short notice if church staff deem that the weather conditions that day make climbing the tower too hazardous. Access to the tower is via a medieval spiral staircase and therefore persons with heart conditions or other medical conditions which may be affected by the effort of climbing these stairs are advised to refrain from making the attempt. For the same reason, we regret that there is no disabled access to the tower.
- Adults: £4
- Concessions: £3 (Children aged 5-15, seniors, University of Oxford students
- Family ticket (2 adults and up to 2 children), £12.
contact: Adam Hardiman