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Balliol College, Oxford

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  • very interesting visit. shows England's educational history and specifically Oxford - I loved
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  • One of Oxford's countless colleges, which can be visited for three sterines (but the over sixty pay one) has beautiful gardens and a beautiful canteen room (which many tourists recognize similar to that of the Harry Potter movie... in fact they're all more or less like that). A sign reminds you that this is a place of study and that you should not disturb students and teachers by entering the rooms. We were lucky because a study room was open while the students were taking a break, and the guy at the door allowed us in to check in. A large oval table, light wood, tablets and books on the table, tradition and innovation clearly in synergy... beautiful atmosphere. To see.
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  • The gardens were immaculate and it was just lovely to spend a little time in the tranquility of the gardens.  more »
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  • Beautiful college, yet you are unlikely to see much of it if you do not go here as they do not let the public in much of it. They wanted to use the hall here for the main dining hall in Harry Potter, but the college did not let them use the space so they instead had to use Christ college hall.
  • Nice building, but only outside just one room to see
  • Located in the bustling main street.
  • The blend of Architecture.
  • Unquestionably the best college in Oxford. Since this statement requires no further elaboration, let me instead use this review to post a delightful story about Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893), the legendary tutor and master of Balliol (taken from W. S. Walsh's Handy-book of Literary Curiosities): "Professor Jowett is one of the lions of Oxford. That town is subjected to constant inroads of tourists, all of whom crave a sight of the famous professor. It so happened, while he was engaged on his translation of Plato, that a guide discovered the professor’s study-window looked into the Broad Street. Coming with his menagerie, the guide would begin: 'This, ladies and gentlemen, is Balliol College, one of the very holdest in the huniversity, and famous for the herudition of its scholars. The ‘head of Balliol College is called the Master. The present Master of Balliol is the celebrated Professor Benjamin Jowett, Regius Professor of Greek. Those are Professor Jowett’s study-windows, and there’ (here the ruffian would stoop down, take up a handful of gravel and throw it against the pain, bringing poor Jowett, livid with fury, to the window) ‘ladies and gentlemen, is Professor Benjamin Jowett himself.’
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