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“A fantastic place to visit”
Review of Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College
Ranked #58 of 161 things to do in Cambridge
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Owner description: Part of the University of Cambridge, this college was founded by Sir Walter Mildmay in 1584 on the site of a former priory of the Dominican Order, known as the Black Friars or Preachers.
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“A fantastic place to visit”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

Emmanuel College is in the centre of Cambridge but within its grounds you find a beautiful and tranquil oasis. The buildings are lovely especially the chapel and the grounds with the duck pond are a great place to enjoy a relaxing time. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. If you manage to attend a dinner in formal hall then you will definitely appreciate the food and the hospitality. It is voted the friendliest college in Cambridge and it is easy to see why . A visit is highly recommended.

Visited November 2013
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“Lovely peaceful spot in the city centre”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Whenever I have visitors who want to look around Cambridge, Emmanuel is my first choice. It was established in the 16th Century and has both beautiful buildings and delightful gardens. Apart from the front lawn, you can walk on the grass and the beds are not too formal. There's a lovely big pond with ducks etc. It has a pretty chapel too. Not that many tourists visit so you do not have the processed feel of some of the colleges along the backs. There's no charge to get in and it is right in the city centre next to where many of the buses stop. Ideal.

Visited June 2013
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“A haven of tranquility”
Reviewed 2 November 2012

I have always been fond of this college, having listened to its choir in the college chapel and enjoyed the hospitality of dining in formal hall. This visit had to be brief, but we still managed to admire the restrained yet grand architecture and the peaceful, less formal gardens at the back. Walking around the lovely pond, there is plenty of bird, plant and tree life to enjoy. Very much recommended.

Visited October 2012
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Friendliest college in Cambridge”
Reviewed 15 July 2012

OK- I'm biased, I studied there. But you don't just need to take my word for it. It is consistently voted by other students as their favourite, and has a more relaxed feel than many of the other colleges. It is also central, has grass you're allowed to walk on, has a large pond with ducks and ducklings, has squirrels, a chapel designed by Wren, and it's front court is to my mind exactly what an Oxbridge College looks like in the popular imagination.

There is no charge to get in, and the staff and students are welcoming.

Also, especially if you're from the US, it's worth visiting because it is where John Harvard studied, there is a stained-glass picture of him in the chapel.

Visited July 2012
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“Not as grand as the others”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Not as grand as the other colleges, but worth a wander down town.

Visited June 2012
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