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Address: Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RD, England
Phone Number: +44 1223 338200
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Founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, this is the oldest...

Founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, this is the oldest college in Cambridge, and with under 400 students, one of the smallest.

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It is an oldest college of the university of Cambridge- about 700 years old. It is a small college in terms of number of Fellows and students. but this small College has always... read more

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Jaipur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is an oldest college of the university of Cambridge- about 700 years old. It is a small college in terms of number of Fellows and students. but this small College has always had "an intellectual influence". They hold from time to time many events of general interest. A short visit can be done here.

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Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

This college was founded in 1284 and is the oldest in Cambridge. I attend a course here every year and it is one that I enjoy most. It is a small college by student numbers and has a small intimate family feel about it. Much is off limits to visitors. The chapel and hall are certainly open to the public... More 

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We were deeply puzzled by Peterhouse - its a smaller college and entry is free but (perhaps because it IS free) it was absolutely seething with hordes of tourists and seemed to act as a they way to the river. Just because we were already there we braved the mobs and looked briefly at the chapel, but truth be told,... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Peterhouse is the oldest of the Cambridge colleges. Founded in 1284 by the Bishop of Ely, it is the smallest college in terms of students and fellows and has beautiful, honeystone courtyards and lovely grounds. Free to enter, worth a wander especially if you're visiting the next door Fitzwiliam Museum.

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Winchester, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

This is one of the smallest and oldest colleges in Cambridge. Unlike the other colleges, I did not have to show a membership card to obtain free admission, so maybe there is no entrance charge for tourists. The first court you enter is intimately small, with brickwork of an attractive yellowish stone. The dining hall, small by college standards, is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

This is the smallest of the 31 colleges that make up Cambridge University. Admission is free. Wander about the grounds. We went into the dining hall after the noonday meal. A maid was folding napkins for the dinner meal. The undergrads and faculty take their meals here. The chapel is very nice but quite small. On the other hand, when... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

Peterhouse is the University of Cambridge's first college, and is over 800 years old. It is still quite small, and relatively discrete. Nice gardens, and good to have a quick look around. Not one of the main or most famous colleges, which are a short walk away just down King's Parade.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

That a building could be so old is amazing to our friends across the Atlantic. The college is only small but it the oldest and as such worth a quick look see.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015

People normally just pass by Peterhouse, on their way to fancier grounds like Kings or Trinity. They might stop and take a quick photo but they won't bother having a better look. What a mistake! Peterhouse is the oldest Cambridge college and its small but beautiful grounds are a testimony to its rich history. With a building from each century... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

One of Cambridge's best kept secrets is the daily office at Peterhouse chapel. While the tourist crowds queue in the rain for evensong at King's, a more intimate service goes on just down the street. During term time, Peterhouse services are weekdays at 8.15am and 7pm. Evensong is held on Wednesdays and Sundays at 6.30pm. The central stained glass, modelled... More 

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