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“A beautiful college”
Review of Balliol College

Balliol College
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US$77.62*
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Oxford, Stratford and the Cotswold Villages Day Trip from London
Ranked #26 of 183 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 18 August 2017

We had time to visit one college and it was Balliol. We were pleased with our choice. The gardens were particularly well designed and suited the architecture well. The portraits in the great hall were interesting and the stained glass in the chapel unusual.

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

The oldest of the Oxford colleges is well worth an hour visit and much better value than Christchuch. The warden was most helpful letting me in as a concession as just short of becoming 60 but I would not have begrudged the £3 charge for which you get a small colour guide. The gardens were picturesque and the old buildings stunning. The woodwork in the great hall is wonderful as is the stained glass in the chapel. Some good portraits of past notables although listening to a tour guide she was condescending of the one of Roy Jenkins – and I tend to agree. You were also able to but drinks form the bar under the hall (newish toilets here too) and there is a large collection of old and new Balliol sports teams photos that I found most interesting

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

One of the oldest colleges in Oxford.
What a feeling to be walking in the footsteps of the great men of the past... and possible ones of the future!

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Not all the Oxford colleges were open to the public on the day we visited and in any event, there would have been insufficient time to visit them all. Balliol was open and you are assured of a very warm welcome and on payment of £3(£1 for concessions), you will provided with a helpful map and allowed to explore.
There are so many outstanding features to this college not least the beautiful gardens which are well maintained and contain, amongst many interesting plants, a 400 year old mulberry tree.
Take your time looking at the architecture as there are some interesting details to observe. The great hall and the chapel are both fascinating places to visit. The woodwork in the great hall is exquisite and the are many portraits of the great and the good ( or not so good!) on display including Roy Jenkins who became chancellor of the University. There is some interesting stained glass in the chapel.
Even though Oxford was extremely busy,the college was less so and it was good to escape from the hustle and bustle of Broad St.
Many opportunities for photographs and well worth visiting.

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Paid £3 for entrance into the grounds and some of the public areas. Lovely grounds. Interesting to see the refectory - very Harry Potter! Interesting portraits on the wall.

Thank Helen A
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