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“A hidden gem”
Review of Queens' College

Queens' College
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Owner description: Margaret of Anjou, Henry VIs wife, and Elizabeth Woodville, Edward VIs wife, founded this small and intimate college at Cambridge University in 1448.
East Midlands
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

Clearly seen from the bridge over the Cam in Silver Street, but with its main entrance rather hidden in a narrow back lane, this college may rightly be called a hidden gem. The first two patrons were Margaret of Anjou (Henry VI's queen) and Elizabeth Woodville (Edward IV's queen). The present queen is now the patron - all reinforcing the position of the apostrophe in the college's name.

Walking through the main gate introduces the visitor into a peaceful world straight out of the Middle Ages - small picturesque courtyards (one of them containing the last remaining half-timbered buildings in a Cambridge college); detail features like a wonderful sundial; and of course the Old Hall. The hall is a medieval masterpiece which was further embellished sympathetically in the late nineteenth century. It is a wonderful mix of colour and detail, from the fireplace to the ceiling. The portrait of Elizabeth Woodville takes centre place on the far wall - well, one of her portraits: the famous one was extensively reproduced and the College has three copies, none as good as the original, so you might be disappointed.

The famous "mathematical bridge" - a complex wooden structure, takes the visitor over the Cam to the modern part of the College. All in all, very well worth a visit - a lovely mix of old and new. Step into the Past and savour the atmosphere.

Visited July 2013
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“Small but beautiful”
Reviewed 30 June 2013

The entrance to this college seemed to be a bit away from the hustle and bustle and the main tourist routes around King' College. It is worth the visit. This was one of my favourites. It contains a beautiful sun and moon dial and a lodge which is the only substantial half timbered building remaining in Cambridge. You walk out the back of the College onto the Cam for a short wander up and down . Well kept with loads of history.

Visited June 2013
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“A wealth of history”
Reviewed 10 April 2013

This is a lovely college, visited by us as part of a 2 hour walking tour. Queens' college should always have the apostrophe at the end of the word as more than one queen has contributed to it financially over the centuries! Our present queen is the first reigning queen to be its patron, rather than a queen consort. The architecture is fabulous (apart from the ugly 70s addition) and is approached via a steep old bridge over the river Cam which now has handrails attached to aid the Queen mother when she visited some time ago. Wonderful.

Visited April 2013
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scotland
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“historic timber buildings and wonderful grounds”
Reviewed 23 March 2013

queens buildings are a mixture of historic timber buildings around courtyards, a wonderful chapel and grounds, the famous walnut tree and then some modern buildings built on , so a real mixture. fantastic wooden (mathematical) bridge over the river cam joins old and new areas.how lucky the students are to study in these famous locations.

Visited March 2013
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“Would love to stay again”
Reviewed 23 March 2013 via mobile

I attended a conference here in April for 3 nights and stayed in the on campus accommodation. The room was modest but clean. My room had an end suite and was perfect for my needs. I would happily stay here again. The grounds ate beautiful.

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