St John's College
St John's College
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Founded in 1555 and named after St. John the Baptist, patron saint of tailors, this Oxford college is best known for its Canterbury Quad with its impressive classical architecture.
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK1,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
St John’s history stretches back to 1555 when the college was founded by Sir Thomas White, a wealthy London merchant tailor. In the week between Christmas and New Year it was one of the few colleges still open to the public. At that time of the year, the college was very peaceful and atmospheric and we enjoyed wandering around the quadrangle and gardens and admiring the beautiful old stone buildings. Admission free.
Written 2 January 2020
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ldmh
Halifax, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
Want to get away from the noise and confusion of the Oxford streets? Wander into St. John's College. This college was founded 1555 and is thriving. The gardens have impressive trees and overall the gardens are peaceful and relaxing with different faces presented throughout the year. The most visually stunning display is in early spring when the thousands and thousands of crocus flowers bloom - the sight and scent is amazing! While walking through to the gardens, spend some time in the Canterbury quadrangle: it is a serene haven overseen by a statue of King Charles I at one end, and by his wife, Queen Henrietta at the opposite end. Be sure to look up! There are interesting surprises on the walls!
Written 12 December 2013
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Will M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
A really lovely college, with a beautiful chapel and dining hall. Definitely worth looking around as long as you don't disturb the students!
Written 24 November 2012
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Mr No
Australia5,813 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Another beautiful Oxford college. Just stumbled on this today when walking down St Giles Street. A stunning courtyard with manicured grass and beautiful buildings. Make sure you check for opening times as it's not open all day.
Written 21 May 2016
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Jan R
Reading, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
Having never entered an Oxford college before, I had no idea what I was in for when I visited St John's College on March 23rd this year. My friend and I were invited on a tour of the College buildings (inside and out) and including the magnificent gardens - the result of winning a first prize!

I do not have the words to describe how overwhelmed I was by the whole experience. The original college was founded in 1437 (then known as St Bernard's College) where Cistercian monks studied. Consequently, there was so much to see, architecturally, with two quadrangles adorned with exquisite carvings. It's worth a visit just to see the original drain pipes!! Inside, the Hall, the Chapel and the Library It was stunning.

The history of the buildings and past personalities, that make St.John's College what it is today, certainly captured my interest, so much so, I was totally overwhelmed.

I highly recommend this venue to anyone who is visiting Oxford and who would love to take a step back in time. Here you can, also, soak-up a few minutes of solitude in the long-established and beautiful gardens... away from the hurly-burly of the city-life outside.
Written 5 April 2016
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JC1LondonEngland
East Sussex, UK622 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
There are plenty of colleges to look around in Oxford but if you are limited for time this one is certainly not to be missed. You cannot go in to the buildings but you van look around the grounds and the quadrangles and the outside of the buildings and these are beautiful. There is no charge for entry which is an added bonus.
Written 15 April 2015
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Amy A
Stroud, UK133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
Very hard to set one of Oxford university's wonderful colleges above another, but if you can only manage to visit one, St John's is probably the one to choose. It is open more generously than most, and is free too . . . has all the key ingredients - sequences of architecturally superb courtyards, chapel, great dining hall, library, stairs to sets of tutors' and students' rooms - and almost best of all the lovely, extensive, restful, long-established gardens. Huge studded doors at the entrance gate, and if the step over the smaller inset doorway is tricky, then the welcoming staff are quick to go to an alternative, level doorway to let you in.
Written 12 September 2014
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westernmeggie
Western Australia103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Friends
Enter through the historic wooden doors and imagine the life and times who have walked before you. Step into the breathtaking quadrangle and gaze up at the glorious and historic architecture. Wander through to the spacious fields and peaceful woodland beyond. It is totally deceptive what lies beyond the aged walls and weary gates of St Johns - it is a different world. Iconic Oxford, not to be missed.
Written 31 August 2014
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SeaLordSyd
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
Wow! I truly love this place, it's just steps away from the buzz of Cornmarket but a world away in terms of ambiance.
Some fabulous specimens to spot and secluded benches for a snatched second's contemplation.

The building itself stands with great splendour as is the norm for an Oxfordian college and the porters are all very pleasant and helpful.

My best recommendation would be a saunter to Momo's Gelato Shop on Little Clarendon (mmm.... too good) to choose from some incredibly delish flavours and then a stroll back and around the gardens whilst chomping merrily on your cone of choice!
Written 18 June 2014
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Margaret
Sydney, Australia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
We spent an hour or so looking around the college and then visited the gardens. The lawns of course are immaculate but the plantings and trees were truly magnificent. Absolutely worthwhile going in for a visit.
Written 1 September 2013
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