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Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower

Carfax  Tower stands at the conjunction of St. Aldate's, Cornmarket, Queen, and High  Street in central oxford. The name Carfax, by the way, derives from the French  "carrefour", or "crossroads", and the tower's location makes it a good central  reference point for touring the old city centre of Oxford.

The  Tower is all that remains of the 13th century St. Martin's Church. If you are  fit (or simply determined) a climb to the top of the 74 foot high tower is  rewarded by an excellent view over central Oxford.

Look for  the clock on the east side of Carfax. It is a copy of the original church clock,  with mechanical figures called "quarterboys" which hammer out the quarter hour  on bells.

Carfax  Tower is open from Easter to October 1000-1730 and from October - Easter  1000-1530

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