Carfax Tower ☆☆☆
A 12th century tower at the heart of Oxford with city views
Perhaps your first order of business in town can be to climb the 99 steps of a tight sprial staircase to the top of Carfax Tower in the center of town.
At 74 feet, it is the tallest struture in Oxford. They hand out aerial city maps at the bottom so once you get up to the bird's-eye you can get a good handle on the city layout.
Carfax Tower—derived from the Latin quadrifurcus, for "crossroads"—is actually all that remains of the 12C St. Martin's church (demolished in the 19C to make room for traffic).