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Oriel College, Oxford

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Oriel College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. Located in Oriel Square, the college has the distinction of being the oldest royal foundation in Oxford (a title formerly claimed by University College, whose claim of being founded by King Alfred is no longer promoted). In recognition of this royal connection, the college has also been known as King's College and King's Hall. The reigning monarch of the United Kingdom (since 1952, Elizabeth II) is the official Visitor of the College.The original medieval foundation set up by Adam de Brome, under the patronage of Edward II, was called the House or Hall of the Blessed Mary at Oxford. The first design allowed for a Provost and ten Fellows, called 'scholars', and the College remained a small body of graduate Fellows until the 16th century, when it started to admit undergraduates. During the English Civil War, Oriel played host to high-ranking members of the King's Oxford Parliament.
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  • August 6, 2017
    We stayed at the college and had access to different parts of the college. Highlight was definitely that of the Great Hall, which is the dining area for both staff and students.  more »
  • June 23, 2017
    Oriel is a medieval foundation set up by Adam de Brome in the reign of Edward II. It is an amalgam of the medieval halls of Bedel, St. Mary's, St. Mark's and Trundeley's. The original buildings in the...  more »
  • June 23, 2017
    This 2nd oldest Oxford college was founded in 1326 and is located in the center of Oxford. It has an attractive gatehouse w/ a tower from 1622 and a Perpendicular portal w/ a fan vaulted ceiling & sla...  more »
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  • Promoting Rhodes. Gardens a bit bleak.
  • The fifth oldest college at Oxford, very nice.
  • extremely unkind and unprofessional the receptionist was.
  • Beautiful college
  • Best college ever! Just don't use washing up liquid on the 3rd quad lawn - the gardener goes skitz.

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An inexpensive alternative to Oxford's pricey hotels, historical college room lodgings provide visitors with an opportunity to experience the city's old-world academic atmosphere without having to pass exams. Offering more than just comfortable beds and warm meals, centrally located college B&Bs provide visitors with a glimpse into the ancient world of Oxford academia. These rooms are mainly available during school vacations, when students clear out of their dormitories. At other times of year, explore the varied world of Oxford's elegant hotels and private guesthouses.
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