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“English tradition at its finest” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of King's College Chapel

King's College Chapel
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Ranked #1 of 157 things to do in Cambridge
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Owner description: This imposing English Gothic structure was built between 1446 and 1515, and is the site where many great scholars were educated.
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“English tradition at its finest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

There are a few things English that are without rival and unsurpassed world-wide. One of then is undoubtedly King's College Chapel. Founded in 1441 by King Henry VI (one of the few things he got right) it oozes history and style. Here is a TOP TIP. Visit for the 5.30 pm daily evensong and the entrance is free other than a voluntary donation at the conclusion on the way out. On the day we visited the service was elongated as a Requiem for the aforementioned monarch. We sat in the choir stalls right next to the choir. And what a choir. English chapel singing at its incomparable best. The boys and young men make a truly heavenly sound in an awe inspiring surroundings. Whilst listening gaze around at the stained glass windows you will not be disappointed. English heritage at its finest.

Visited May 2014
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

This place is fantastic. Yes you have to pay to get in but it is a must see in Cambridge. The architecture alone is stunning. I suggest you go as part of a tour which I booked at the Tourist Information Centre (also online) as the guides know their stuff. Also buying a tour online gets you discounts to cafés and shops in Cambridge - we'll worth it.

Visited June 2014
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Its about £7.00 to get in, unless you are local and have paid £10.00 for a card with your photo on to prove that you are a resident in Cambridge (which is fair enough really).
Yes, it was a bit steep, but forgot about it as soon as I saw the mediaeval splendour of the fan vaults. The light coming in through the stained glass windows were like nothing I have seen before - they were all scenes from each book of the bible. We spent quite a bit of time just staring at the ceiling. For budding historians, there were other points of interests, including initials of 2 of Henry VIII's wives - the oak screen having Anne Boleyn's initial and the huge stained glass window at the alter bearing Katherine Howard's initials. Not forgetting the Tudor Roses and Beaufort Portcullises - and that's just a start.
At the side of the chapel, there were some areas for quiet reflection and a little section explaining the history of the chapel.
Well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Salisbury UK
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“A chapel without spirit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

My wife and I were so disappointed in this chapel. We had expected a building with spirituality and all we found was a soulless museum with tourist meandering throughout the site. The architecture is stunning but we were disappointed with the general presentation – “get them in, get them out…” feeling about the building.

Visited March 2014
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Yarm, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

Get there before mid day to enjoy it at your leisure. We arrived later in the afternoon and only had half an hour before it closed

Visited May 2014
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