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Review of Balliol College

Balliol College
Ranked #25 of 190 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 24 September 2017

We paid the 3 pound admission to see this college. We went here partly because it was easy to get to from where we were, and partly because our walking tour guide said he was a student of this college so we wanted to see it. The college is much bigger than it appears from the street. It goes way back into gardens and more buildings. The dining hall was very impressive and worth the flight of stairs that you need to climb to see it. I would recommend this college.

Thank Lisa T
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

Very interesting visit. We were given booklet showing the route and explaining what the buildings were. Lovely garden to sit in and reflect on the history. Tea room available but did not visit. Discount for over 60's.

Thank Miranda825
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

A good example of the typical college but waas only visited by my wife and myself becasue we could not visit her college.

It was interresting but with petty rules about staying off the grass.

The dining hall had a good range of the Fellows and Masters of the college.

Thank gordon35au
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

I am going to be attending a summer school at balliol next year so I thought a preview was a good idea. The printed guide provided was excellent and gave a concise history of Balliol and the gardens and facilities that wherein view to the public. There was a mixture of styles of building that reflects the periods that they were built. The Great hall is everything you expect in an Oxford College with wooden tables and benches, a high table and numerous portraits of famous masters or students. Harold MacMillan, Edward Heath and Roy Jenkins all learned the art of politics and government in this college.

Thank Gwyn P
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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.

Thank JK5961
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