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Balliol College

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BJ, England
+44 1865 277777
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Part of the University of Oxford, Balliol College was founded in 1263 by John Balliol and was one of the first colleges to create academic opportunities for women.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BJ, England
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Novelist Dorothy L. Sayre chose Balliol as Lord Peter Wimsey's alma mater, and no wonder. He joined an impressive list of alumni who studied within this glorious complex of historic architecture (with some sensitive modern flourishes) and pretty grounds. We were lucky to have dinner...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Founded in 1263 by John Balliol, this college is located on Broad Street in Oxford city centre and was one of the first colleges to give academic opportunities to women. Some fantastic architecture here and really is a great college to see.

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

We had a look around Balliol college while on a walking tour, so we got a lot of history about the college as we looked around. The dining hall was set up for a conference and looked very smart. I liked going in the chapel,...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

I was lucky enough to visit just after it opened so I almost had it to myself. £3 entry and a very informative leaflet to guide yourself round. Beautiful chapel, lovely dining hall, splendid gardens, wonderful architecture. It was the college which two of my...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

We had the experience of enjoying the evening meal in the magnificent dining hall decorated with portraits of some of the college's alumni including several Prime Ministers of the UK. The atmosphere of knowledge and history is everywhere - the college was founded in the...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

I attended an alumnus event at Balliol (former Balliolite myself) and thoroughly enjoyed it. The college is now much more hi-tech and interactive than before, with WiFi and electronic coverage. Furthermore, numerous parts have been renovated and now look much more pleasant than when I...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

We spent two hours here, just enjoying the beautiful grounds. If you are going to study hard, at least being outside will give you a lot of joy. There we plant species we wished we knew where they came from and what they were. The...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Fans of Morse and Lewis will recognize this college. The chapel is beautiful. Most colleges in Oxford are openend for visitors in the afternoon from 14.00 - 16.00 hours Note the Hall is dueing terms closed between 12.000 and 14.00 hours

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

A guide that was showing us around wanted us to see the inside of one of the Oxford colleges and a traditional dining hall and this college happened to be open. The admission fee was really small I think like 3.50. We only spent about...More

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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Prior to our booked Oxford tour, my sister in law and our kids paid to explore Balliol College. Heralded as one of the oldeest Colleges of the University, we were given a map of notable landmarks to wander through the stately grounds. Very informative, but...More

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