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- Sometimes described as the oldest of the new colleges and the newest of the old due to the fact that this college was only added to the university between 1596 and 1869. Many of the buildings were built in Neoclassical style with the Downing College Chapel being the most impressive of all the buildings.Written 26 October 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Excellent. Just go. We paid for the escorted tour and it's well worth the cost. A joy to behold, the library is a real one off.Written 27 October 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Wren Library is underrated on TripAdvisor and maybe that's because the first thing you need to do is plan your trip and it's less likely that people will just wonder in, unlike other sights in Cambridge. It's open to the public during University term term, Monday to Friday, and only at 10.30 - 12.30 on Saturday. You can either get there via Trinity College, paying the £3 entrance fee to the college, or you can walk down Trinity Lane, and at the end, by the Trinity punts, is the entrance to a garden looking out onto the river and part of the backs, and the Wren Library entrance is in there.
If you are a fan of classical architecture, this place is a must. It's a great example of Sir Christopher Wren's well-proportioned architecture and his own interior touches such as reading desks. Most libraries of the time were dark places, whereas the windows in the Wren Library bathe it in light. There's also a stained glass window depicting Sir Isaac Newton being presented to George III by a Muse, which is really unique and quite delightful.
If it's more the books and the history of ideas that delight, the shelves of historical, leather bound volumes make a beautiful library. Then you have the cabinets, covered by velvet curtains, which you can push back to see some of the "treasures" of the library. There is the original manuscript of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh, handwritten manuscripts by Milton and Tennyson, a Shakespeare First Folio (remarked upon in the label as "not very rare" given that there are around 235 in the world), notes by Wittgenstein and the notebooks of Newton. That's a bunch of treasures to see for free in one day! Well worth it!
If you like to take photos, sorry - they say "no photos".Written 11 May 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A pretty building in a mix of Tudor and Neo-Gothic design. I really loved the gothic style niches holding the statues, as well as the interleaving of red bricks and beige ashlar blocks to create a more Victorian look. The college specialises in religious studies as the name implies and has educated some of the most prominent individuals in theological including Joseph Barber Lightfoot, Richard Bentley and Erasmus.Written 26 October 2021