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Review of Keble College

Keble College
Ranked #37 of 182 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: Founded in 1868, this Oxford college is constructed in brick rather than stone, and features a chapel with beautiful Venetian wall mosaics illustrating events from the old and new testaments.
Reviewed 28 April 2013

Different from most colleges due to it being brick built with a superb chapel well worth a visit to look at the briiliant mosaics and beautiful painting of Christ

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Reviewed 27 December 2012

I was so pleased to be able to see " Jesus light of the world" original artwork in a chapel, so you can also pray there. Then the organist was practising that night before a wonderful " leavers service" we all have souls which we need to nourish. Where better than in a chapel like Keble

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Reviewed 11 December 2012

Keble college and chapel echo the University Museum of Natural History over the road with its red brick architectural flourishes. We went to a concert in the chapel, whose acoustics are rather resonant and mushy, so OK for romantic music. You don't need to go to a concert, though. Just admire the architecture - so different from other colleges.

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Reviewed 16 October 2012

Butterfield's brick design makes Keble very different to the other Oxford colleges, and its sunken main quad make the chapel and the library even more imposing. The chapel is a very impressive structure - if ever you get the chance to go up the private staircase to the roof, take it!

The college has been tidied up in recent years, with bicycles no longer allowed inside and the pathways gravelled, improving its already attractive appearance. The more recent additions behind the main quad have been built with sympathy to Butterfield's plans, although the unfortunate 1970s structure in the other quad does look like a spaceship has landed. I hope this is renovated/rebuilt before the blue plaque people manage to protect it!

Having said that, the bar inside the spaceship is welcoming, good value (as you'd expect from a student bar), if a little quiet until after 10pm.

The Dining Hall has recently had its roof cleaned and renovated, and serves to add to a truly awe-inspiring structure, opposite the library. To see it in all its glory, for formal dinner, is a sight to behold.

As with other colleges in recent times, due to the effects of the age we live in, the college has had to become more security conscious, meaning access is more limited, but if you can get in to look around, it is worth the walk up Parks Road... and there is no better place to rest afterwards than the Parks across the road, especially in the summer sun!

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Reviewed 14 October 2012

We came to Oxford to see the architecture of Keble College. William Butterfield designed these amazing and sometimes controversial buildings at Keble with red brick. The chapel is especially worth visiting. We tried to make it for Wednesday evening chapel service but was quite happy with the 20 minute compline service on Thursday evening at 9pm. I highly recommend it during term. The famous 'Light of the World' painting usually resides in the side chapel but is currently on tour at the Tate in London for a few months.

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