The tower is all that remains of the 13th century St Martin’s Church, the official city church of Oxford from 1122. In 1896, the main part of the church was demolished to make more room for traffic in the area.
The tower is 74 feet tall and no building in central Oxford may be constructed higher than it. As such, it’s possible to climb the 99 steps to the top of the tower for an amazing view over the Oxford skyline. Hop off the Open Top Bus at Stop 7 to visit us!
Entry to the tower costs just £3 for adults and we have a range of great value packages to help you see more of the city for less.
November – March: 10:00 – 15:00
April – September: 10:00 – 17:00
October: 10:00 – 16:00
If you need further information, please contact this telephone number: +44 (0)1856 790522.
Carfax Tower Entry
The best way to see Oxford’s dreaming spires and iconic historical buildings from one place! No building in Oxford is allowed to be constructed higher than Carfax Tower, so it’s the best place to get a view of the whole city and surrounding countryside.
Open Top Bus Tour, Carfax Tower Entry and Free Optional Walking Tour
The best way to see Oxford’s dreaming spires and iconic historical buildings! 24-hour and 48-hour options are available for our open top hop-on hop-off bus.
Hop on and off the bus as many times as you like
Includes FREE optional walking tour
Carfax Tower entry included
Audio commentary available in 14 languages
Kids' commentary and free kids' pack