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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.
Reviewed 20 April 2014

They now charge £3 to get in but it's worth it to help the college keep up the historic and fascinating courts and buildings. History for real! We had our wedding there so may be biased but the porter who we met 34 years on was just as welcoming to us as those who witnessed our Big Day and the Old Hall set for someone else's wedding never fails to amaze with its extravagant painted walls and the smell of the ancient. It is all so pretty, by the river and tucked away in secret corners. An absolute must for visitors every time they are fortunate enough to be near!

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Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

This was the only college that we visited which had friendly person on the gate, she was really helpful. The college itself was one of the prettiest and gave access to the wooden bridge. It had a nice relaxed feel and we sat for a while near the backs. The courtyards and planting were lovely.

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Reviewed 23 February 2014

The best and prettiest college in Cambridge. Home of the Mathematical Bridge and some of the oldest buildings in Cambridge.

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Reviewed 8 September 2013

They charge £2.50 admission, but for that you get the most varied and photogenic college in Cambridge. The half-timbered President's Lodge is superb. Because the college is entered off the rather dingy side street, Queens lane, it is often missed and thus really much quieter than the raging tourist torrent of Kings Parade.
Gift shop - but why don't they offer coffees? They could make a fortune.

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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.

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