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University of Cambridge
The information presented on the Cambridge pages is based on the Cambridge City Centre Street Map and Guide
Please remember that the colleges are places of study and residence, so it is important to be quiet at all times. Opening hours vary through the year and we recommend checking before your visit.
CHRIST'S COLLEGE, St Andrew's Street (C3). Founded in 1439 by William Byngham and again in 1505 by Lady Margaret Beaufort. The Fellows Garden is beautiful. Charles Darwin and John Milton were students here.
CLARE COLLEGE, Trinity Lane (B3). Originally founded in 1326 and founded again in 1338 by Lady Elizabeth de Clare. The college was mainly rebuilt in the 17th century. Clare Bridge and the Fellows' Gardens are well worth seeing.
GONVILLE AND CAIUS COLLEGE, Trinity Street (B3). Founded in 1348 as Gonville Hall and renamed Gonville and Caius in 1558 by John Caius. He designed three gates to symbolise academic progress, the Gates of Humility, Virtue and Honour. William Harvey, who discovered the circulation of blood, studied here.
HOMERTON COLLEGE, Hills Road (off E6). Homerton Academy was established in London in 1768. In 1894 it moved to Cambridge and became Homerton College, it is now the University's teacher-training college.
JESUS COLLEGE, Jesus Lane (C2). Originally a Benedictine nunnery, it was founded as a college by Bishop John Alcock in 1496. The chapel is decorated by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. Samuel Taylor Coleridge studied here.
KING'S COLLEGE, King's Parade (B3). Founded in 1441 by Henry VI. Former students include Horace Walpole, Rupert Brooke and E.M. Forster. King's College Chapel was begun in 1446 and completed in 1526. It has the largest fan-vaulted ceiling in the world, and magnificent stained glass windows. Rubens "Adoration of the Magi", painted in 1634, is displayed over the altar.
MAGDALENE COLLEGE, Magdalene Street (B2). Founded in 1542 (although there had been a Benedictine community here since 1428). The library was named after Samuel Pepys, who left his diary manuscripts to it. Charles Kingsley studied here.
PEMBROKE COLLEGE, Trumpington Street (B4). Founded in 1347. The chapel was designed by Christopher Wren in 1663. Students include William Pitt, Thomas Gray and Edmund Spenser, author of The Faerie Queene.
QUEENS' COLLEGE, Queens' Lane, off Silver Street (B4). Founded in 1448. Named after two queens; Margaret of Anjou and Elizabeth Woodville. See the attractive Tudor lodge, and Mathematical Bridge which links the old and new parts of the College.
ST. CATHARINE'S COLLEGE, Trumpington Street (B4). Founded in 1473 as a theological college. Most of the original buildings were replaced in the 17th and 18th centuries. John Addenbrooke, founder of Cambridge's hospital, was a student here.
TRINITY COLLEGE, Trinity Street (B3). Cambridge's largest college, founded in 1546 by Henry VIII. The library was designed by Wren and completed in 1690. Isaac Newton, Byron, Tennyson, Thackeray and Prince Charles studied here.
For further information about Cambridge, including a free visitor pack, please contact the Cambridge Tourist Information Centre.
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