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Worcester College, Oxford

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Worcester College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. The college was founded in 1714 by the benefaction of Sir Thomas Cookes, a Worcestershire baronet, with the college gaining its name from the county of Worcestershire. Its predecessor, Gloucester College, had been an institution of learning on the same site since the late 13th century until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539., Worcester had a financial endowment of £16.7 million.Notable alumni of the college include the media mogul Rupert Murdoch, television producer and screenwriter Russell T Davies, US Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan, actress Emma Watson and novelist Richard Adams.Buildings and groundsThe buildings are diverse, especially in the main quadrangle: to the right is an imposing eighteenth century building in the neo-classical style; and to the left a row of medieval buildings known as "the cottages", which are among the oldest residential buildings in Oxford. These cottages are the most substantial surviving part of Gloucester College, Worcester's predecessor on the same site: this was a college for Benedictine monks, founded in 1283 and dissolved with the Dissolution of the Monasteries in about 1539.
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  • August 21, 2017
    I had a fall on the cobblestones in front of this college. I cannot say enough good things about the staff there -- Max helped me with some first aid for my hand and everyone was really great. This is...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    From the outside, on the corner of Walton Street/Beaumont Street, this appears quite an unassuming building, however once inside, the buildings and ample grounds are very impressive. As with many of t...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Found this college on the way into the city centre... staff very helpful..college is lovely... grounds well kept and can walk to the lake. The chapel is beautiful. Definitely one to visit.  more »
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  • Stunning college with very beautiful grounds and an lake. Visiting hours only between 14:00 and 16:00 (as of May 17). Worth a visit to the ornate chapel too.
  • Oft-overlooked college for visitors, but definitely amongst the most picturesque. Be aware of its limited opening hours to the public, however.
  • Nice place to relax and enjoy the sun :)
  • Beautiful college and great park with a lake. Into the chapel I have listened a lot of awesome choral evensongs...
  • Beautiful college and grounds. Off the main tourist trail but a real hidden gem

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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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