Merton isn't one of the best known Oxford colleges, but it is one of the largest, and one of three colleges claiming to be ... More
Merton isn't one of the best known Oxford colleges, but it is one of the largest, and one of three colleges claiming to be the oldest in Oxford (the others are Balliol and University). Founded in 1264 by Walter de Merton, the college has the oldest buildings in the entire university and the oldest surviving medieval library.
Merton is certainly the most beautiful of the colleges that don't charge for admission. With the oldest university buildings in Britain and the oldest library in Britain, it is a must-see for any visitor.
This is the most impressive College in Oxford, and the only that gives you an impression of what medieval Oxford may have been like. It has the oldest buildings of any Oxford College - look at mob quad in particular. The Chapel is perhaps less impressive than Christ CHurch or New College, but more authentic in any case.
The gardens are small but splendid, and the view over the Christ Church Meadows comes as quite a surprise if you have wandered in from the city centre.
Pembroke College was founded by James I in 1624 and a statue of the founder stands in the tower in
Chapel Quad. The Hall, with its magnificent hammer beam roof, dates from the 19th Century and has a wonderful ...
Founded in 1621 it originally provided medicinal herbs. Today, the Botanic Garden has evolved into a collection of over 8000
plants in a compact, beautifully laid out setting accurately reflecting the appearance of a Tudor or Stuart college garden. ...
The War Memorial Garden was laid out in 1925 and commemorates all Oxford people—whether from the city or the university—who
died in the First World War. The garden is close to Christ Church College and provides visitors with a ...