St. John's College, Cambridge

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Over five centuries of history and education come together at St. John's College, alma mater of three saints, six prime ministers, and nine Nobel Prize winners. Established in 1511 by Henry VII's mother, the photogenic campus stretches along both banks of the Cam River and features one of area's most photographed structures, known popularly as the "Bridge of Sighs." This masterpiece of decorative Neo-Gothic architecture joins the two riverbanks and often serves as the centerpiece of student pranks. Other campus highlights include a chapel designed by architect George Gilbert Scott, and a library filled with rare books, historical documents, and priceless manuscripts. Put St. John's College at the forefront of your travel plans using our Cambridge tour planner .
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  • August 20, 2017
    It's a lovely University with a beautiful architecture and the beautiful garden also has a beautiful church here they talk that capla but is quite large and beautiful. Has some sands was closed and we can't get in. There you pay goes. But £ 3.50. Shut up too bad. visit
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  • August 19, 2017
    the visit, are permitted in the courts and at the entrance to the Church of the College, is absolutely worth it. There are extensive gardens, beautiful short (just seems to be on the set of harry potter) and you can see "the bridge of sighs" under which flows the River Cam
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  • August 18, 2017
    Down here on short break just picking out places to see and visit well worth seeing so nice and well worth the value  more »

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With over 150 hotels, B&Bs, inns, and self-catering facilities, Cambridge offers a wealth of lodging options for every taste and budget. While visiting this heritage-rich city, you can even enjoy the university experience by staying in a college room. These centrally located B&B rooms offer an inexpensive and convenient alternative to staying in the city's hotels. You can retrace the footsteps of the university's famous graduates, grab a meal in the college hall, get lost in the campus and hidden courtyards, and end the day with a drink in the college bar.
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