Top 10 Oxford University Colleges to Visit

The University of Oxford is the oldest University in the English speaking world, and to date one of the best and most prestigious in the world with countless famous figures and great minds who studied there. Plan your trip to Oxford and check out our Top 10 University of Oxford colleges to visit.

Christ Church College

The castle-like Christ Church is arguably the most impressive Oxford college, and one of the most popular colleges to visit. The college is home to Christ Church Cathedral, and several Harry Potter filming locations.

St Edmund Hall

St Edmund Hall is a hidden gem. The ancient college is one of the smallest, but also one of the prettiest, with a beautiful and cosy front quad featuring a charming wisteria and medieval well.

New College

New College has it all – an impressive chapel, the oldest dining hall in the English-speaking world, beautiful gardens, castle-like cloisters, and the tree where Mad Eye Moody turns Draco Malfoy into a ferret in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

All Souls College

All Souls is the most elusive Oxford College and it takes no undergraduate students. In order to get in, graduate and postgraduate students apply for examination fellowships through “the hardest exam in the world”. Best view from University Church’s tower.

Exeter College

Exeter College, on Turl Street, is home to the most unique medieval chapel in Oxford. It’s one of the smaller Oxford colleges, but it has beautiful gardens and numerous literary connections. JRR Tolkien studied at Exeter, as did Philip Pullman.

Magdalen College

Magdalen College is one of the biggest Oxford colleges, and its grounds are enormous. Magdalen Tower, one of Oxford’s most iconic landmarks, looms over the college’s deer park, where a herd of deer have lived for over 300 years.

Worcester College

Worcester College is one of the largest Oxford colleges, but is often overlooked by tourists, making it a perfect hidden gem. It boasts beautiful buildings, with walls covered with flowers, and even has an idyllic lake in its grounds.

Trinity College

On Broad Street, Trinity College is tucked away in its beautiful grounds, bordered by its extensive lawns. It is made beautiful by the intricate details of its architecture and statues, making this college look shyly majestic in the centre of the city.

Lady Margaret Hall

Founded in 1879, Lady Margaret Hall is a relatively new Oxford college. The Hall prides itself on boldly breaking boundaries, so its striking red brickwork suits the college’s personality! The imposing and grand architecture is a sight to behold.

Balliol College

Balliol College is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford, dating back to 1263. The college boasts a stunning chapel and large landscaped gardens that always seems to be tranquil and calm. Did we mention they have a collection of prized tortoises?

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