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Part of the University of Oxford, Balliol College was founded in 1263 by John Balliol and was one of the first colleges to create academic opportunities for women.
Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BJ, England
+44 1865 277777
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Reviewed yesterday

Balliol charges £3 entrance fee, £1 concessions. For this you should be able to see the chapel, hall, quad and gardens. As with all colleges, some of these may be closed at any time. I visited free with Oxford Open Doors and fortunately all of...More

Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
Reviewed 2 days ago

Although college was open to visitors, for £3 each, the Fellows Garden and great hall were closed that day, which didn't leave us with much to see, so we thought we'd stop for a coffee in the Buttery. We went in and there was only...More

Thank Anne H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on the open day. Was very well organised and the girl who showed us round clearly loves her college. This is a beautiful place and anyone lucky enough to study here is very fortunate

Thank Drragon555
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting college but not as good as some of the others. Worth a look round though to get the orientation of colleges within Oxford.

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beautiful gardens and elegant buildings are a pleasure to stroll around. The statue in the garden commemorating the (eventual) admission of women to the college is worth checking out.

Thank Michelle V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Balliol is one of the oldest colleges, beautiful buildings with a well kept garden. Really worth a visit!

Thank Angie C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is hard to rate this because the chapel was closed when I was there. This was included in the Oxford Walking Tour, and our guide showed us the gardens and the dining hall. It was a good experience and a beautiful college.

Thank barlee123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner was born and lived in New Abbey, Scotland - where the founder of this College settled with his wife. He knew of John Balliol's existence but we hadn't realised that it was he who was a benefactor of this College - so it...More

Thank Suzie J
Reviewed 17 August 2018

it cost only £1 to visit the college. We had access to the chapel and great hall and walked round the grounds unhindered. There was plenty of seating for rests in the very hot weather. A friendly staff member allowed me to use the lift...More

Thank lynnejames58
Reviewed 5 August 2018

This was the first college we toured and was done during a walking tour. A wonderful introduction to the Oxford college system but there are more impressive colleges to tour such as Magdalen.

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