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It is one of the oldest Cambridge colleges, having been founded in 1441 by Henry VI. It is also Cambridge’s premier tourist attraction, due above all to its spectacular Perpendicular chapel. The King’s College Chapel took over a century to build and was completed in 1547. Inside the chapel you will be amazed by the Fan Vaulted Ceiling and the wonderful stained glass windows. You can also hear the world famous Choir during their daily services during term time. (www.kings.cam.ac.uk)
Build in 1446 on the Queens’ land, the college was endowed in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou and later by Elizabeth Woodville in 1465, hence the name Queen(s)’ college. The College has buildings on both sides of the Cam, linked by the bizarre Mathematical Bridge (right). This bridge was rumoured to have been built by Sir Isaac Newton without nuts and bolts, but later his students took the bridge apart and fail to put it back together. You can see this bridge if you take a punt in the CAM river. (www.quns.cam.ac.uk)
Trinity is the college of Sir Isaac Newton, who had rooms between the chapel and gatehouse, in the 17th century. The college library was designed by Christopher Wren, it is said to be his finest work outside of London. It is also the location where some of the Harry Potter film was filmed. (www.trin.cam.ac.uk)
Punting on the Cam River
To fully enjoy and explore the Cambridge Colleges, you must take a trip on the Cam River. There are many companies by the river side that can offer both chauffeured & self-hire punts.
One of Britain’s oldest public museums, this massive Classical building has works of exceptional quality and rarity, especially antiquities, ceramics, painting and manuscripts. (www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk)