The Tower of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin offers some of the best views of Oxford's historic quarter and the city's dreaming spires. The church is situated between the High Street and Radcliffe Square. Built in 1280, the tower is decorated with beautifully carved gargoyles and grotesques. The 127 steps up to the top lead you past the original University Library and the historic ringing chamber, where you can see the original mechanism of the clock installed in 1741. Please note that children under the age of 8 are not permitted to climb the tower. All children aged 8-15 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.