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St Michael at the North Gate

Cornmarket St, Oxford OX1 3EY, UK

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About St Michael at the North Gate

St Michael at the North Gate is a church in Cornmarket Street, at the junction with Ship Street, in central Oxford, England. The name derives from the church's location on the site of the north gate of Oxford when it was surrounded by a city wall.  Originally built around 1000–1050, with the tower from 1040 still in existence, the church is Oxford's oldest building.It was constructed of Coral Rag.[3] The church tower is Saxon. The architect John Plowman rebuilt the north aisle and transept in 18


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The Covered Market0.15km from St Michael at the North Gate

Oxford's world-famous Covered Market which was officially opened in 1774, is home to a large number of specialist independent traders, each selling their own unique variety of goods. The market dates back to the 1770s and has always been an attraction for locals and visiting tourists who come from far and wide to soak up the building's history and heritage.

Martyrs' Memorial0.16km from St Michael at the North Gate

The Martyrs’ Memorial, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and built of magnesium limestone, has stood as a focal point at the south end of St Giles since its completion in 1843, when it replaced “a picturesque but tottering old house”. It was modelled on the Waltham Cross. The monument was built 300 years after the events of the English Reformation and commemorates the Bishop of Worcester Hugh Latimer and Bishop of London Nicholas Ridley, who were burned nearby on 16 October, 1555.

Carfax Tower0.2km from St Michael at the North Gate

The tower was built in 1818 as part of a reconstruction of the church, which was demolished in 1896 due to increasing traffic problems in the city centre. Today the tower is the tallest point in central Oxford and so by climbing its 99 steps you can experience a unique bird’s eye view of the city’s famous “dreaming spires” skyline.

History of Science Museum0.22km from St Michael at the North Gate

The History of Science Museum offers you the opportunity to weave your event around one of the world’s leading collections of scientific instruments. This unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments is housed in the world’s oldest public purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean. The museum was built in 1683, and it is the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum.

Ashmolean Museum0.22km from St Michael at the North Gate

The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford's museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Its collection representing most of the world’s great civilizations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among its treasures are the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo and so more.

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology0.24km from St Michael at the North Gate

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford was established in 1683 and is the oldest museum in the United Kingdom. It houses the University of Oxford’s collections of art and antiquities. Its many riches include the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings; the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo; the only great Minoan collection in Britain; outstanding Anglo-Saxon treasures; the most famous violin in the world, Stradivari’s M

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Oxfordshire is a landlocked county in the far west of the government statistical region of South East England. The ceremonial county borders Warwickshire to the north-west, Northamptonshire to the north-east, Buckinghamshire to the east, Berkshire to the south, Wiltshire to the south-west and Gloucestershire to the west.