Cambridge is known for its stunning colleges and amazing architecture. There is so many breath-taking historic buildings to see but one you definitely do not want to miss is King’s College.
The King’s College of Our Lady and St Nicholas in Cambridge was founded in 1441 by King Henry VI, soon after he had founded its sister college in Eton. However, little progress was made on the new college project until 1508 when Henry VII began to take an interest in the college, most likely as a political move to authorise his new position. The building of the college’s chapel, begun in 1446, was finally finished in 1544 during the reign of Henry VIII.
King’s is one of the most impressive of the 31 colleges in the University of Cambridge. The college runs alongside the River Cam and faces out onto King’s Parade in the centre of the city. It has an outstanding academic record and is also world-famous for its Chapel and choir. The Christmas Eve service from King’s (A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols) is broadcast to millions around the world.
The King’s College Garden’s trace back to the sixteenth century due to some ash, elm and walnut trees on the College lands. By 1690 there were College gardens on both sides of the river, some of these including a bowling green, a hop yard and an area for a pigeon house, had important practical functions, whilst others were more used as pleasure gardens, such as the small one for the use of the Fellows.
King’s College Library has been in existence since the foundation of the College in 1441. As well as preserving many rare books and manuscript treasures, the Library serves the needs of undergraduate, graduate and senior members of the College. The library is open to members of the College and to visitors by appointment only. The library holds approximately 130,000 items and is a stunning site to see.
Tickets cost £9.00 or £6.00 (children and students). Your ticket price includes a visit to the Chapel where you will see an exhibition of the history of the College, the world’s largest fan vaulted ceiling and the Adoration of the Magi by Rubens. You will also have access to the College grounds. Group rates also available.