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“A very spacious college with beautiful grounds”
Review of Trinity College

Trinity College
Ranked #23 of 185 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: Considered one of the smaller Oxford colleges with approximately 290 undergraduate students, the grounds are spacious with some of the most beautiful gardens and buildings located in Oxford.
Reviewed 19 June 2014

This college is much more commercialised than some. It is centrally situated in Broad Street although once you enter the grounds, you could be forgiven for feeling you are miles away from a city centre! There are beautiful gates leading out onto a quad although visitors enter a few yards along at a smaller gate. Here you pass through the kiosk where you pay your £2 for adults and £1 for seniors. You are given a map and a route is drawn for you to follow. You can also buy a small guide leaflet for £1 which gives you information on the college and postcards. You then enter the grounds via a low automated gateway. Facing you is a beautiful quad with green grass and trees. (You leave by the same entrance doing a circular route). Walking down the gravel path, you see the chapel in front of you. The buildings of Balliol are behind a wall on your left which you can see. The chapel itself is rather darker than some, more so because of the wooden panelling. It is Baroque with wonderful wooden carvings. You leave the chapel and re-enter the second quad, student accommodation is all around you except for one side where there are fine gates and railings fronting a very beautiful garden to your right. This is very large with lots of grass and tables and chairs for the students to relax on. The herbaceous borders are wonderful and gardeners were hard at work on our visit. As we toured the gardens and savoured the beauty and fresh air, we eventually followed the path which brought us round in a square to the entrance again. Once more we found ourselves in a busy city centre with a sightseeing bus in front of us, tourists milling around and the tourist office a short distance along the road. Oh well, it was nice to enjoy the peace and quiet that the students have to study in tranquillity.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

A very nice college - only £2 to enter but with access to a lovely dining hall and a cathedral with a fantastic ceiling painting. I believe some of the stained glass was original. If not, it was still worth seeing. Unlike some colleges, we were given a map to orientate ourselves and did not feel unwanted by the staff - like in so many other colleges!

Thank JenniferC167
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

A college that was definitely worth a walk round. Chapel/dining room/quads are nice to see. Great place to lounge of the grass in the sun (when its out). Entry was £1 for student, reasonable to have somewhere nice to chill out for an hour.

Thank ryan f
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We spent an hour or so walking through the College - a useful reminder of our heritage and the future for some.

Thank Roger W
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Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

I spent two happy years as an American student at Trinity. Since I left, I have learned much more about the history of Trinity. Its origins are in Durham, the home of George Washington's ancestors and where GW's coat of arms - mullets (stars) and bars (stripes) - originated (one of the earliest versions is in Trinity's Old Library). The Dining Room includes portraits of alums Pitt the Elder and Lord North. Pitt as Prime Minister championed the expulsion of the French from the colonies, and made possible their independence. North made independence inevitable. The 1694 Chapel, visible from the front gate, is a true gem, the first interest of Peter the Great when he visited Oxford in 1698.

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