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St. John's College

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Address: St. John's St., Cambridge CB2 1TP, England
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Founded in 1511 from the estate of Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King...

Founded in 1511 from the estate of Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, this Cambridge college features a gatehouse whose exterior is beautifully carved and painted.

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We wanted to see the Bridge of Sighs which you can only see if you pay to go into the grounds or go on a punt. The chapel was closed so we paid half price to look around the... read more

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We wanted to see the Bridge of Sighs which you can only see if you pay to go into the grounds or go on a punt. The chapel was closed so we paid half price to look around the courtyards which lead to the Bridge of Sighs. We weren't disappointed it was very beautiful much more so than the one... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very grumpy man selling tickets, turning away 2 visiting students in front of us for not having the right ID. Inside the grounds you can walk through the end of the chapel, otherwise every accessible area is outside. Only there for half an hour, not good value - can see similar buildings all around the city.

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Southampton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been in a number of the colleges during our Cambridge visit, we enjoyed this one the most as there are a lot of different buildings and areas to walk round and you get to see the river and the Backs as well - including the lovely Bridge of Sighs.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very lucky to have some beautiful winter sunshine when I visited Cambridge. I chose St John's on a whim and it was really a lovely college to view. The architecture is inspirational. I would highly recommend to any visitor!

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went in May 2016 which is a bad time to go to Cambridge as it is exam season so unfortunately we were unable to look around King's college to compare. However, St John's was open and I can honestly say it is beautiful. For me, the highlight of Cambridge. There was an £8 entry fee if memory recalls. Amazing architecture... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

What a fab place to study, simply the best collage in cambridge. Architecture to die for, chapel beautiful, advent candlelight service is an experience not to be missed if you are all to get tickets.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Splendid university to visit. Good directions. Wonderful chapel. Proceed through to rear of Uni to view Bridge if Sighs.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Expensive - £7 - and you can see as much visiting other colleges - all courtyards similar and if you have seen a few that will probably do you. The bridge of sighs though not to be missed but this can be seen from a punting tour or a walk up the backs.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

My brother was up here doing a first degree in 1977 whilst I was doing an M.Phil, so I used to visit him in John's. He must have had one of the best rooms in John's, overlooking the Bridge of Sighs. It was classically Cambridge, with a double set of doors on the first floor. I went in, for the... More 

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Somerset, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Visited on a Sunday and there was a service going on in the chapel. The choir were singing and were lovely to listen to. After the chapel you follow the visitor's guide around this University before arriving at The Bridge Of Sighs. There exit is a fairly long walk so we went back the way we came and left by... More 

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