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  • 1 Oriel College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Oriel Square GB - Oxford OX1 4EW

    Founded in 1326, it was entirely rebuilt between 1642 and 1649 in Jacobean style. A second quad was added in the 18 C. The library is by James Wyatt.

  • 2 Corpus Christi College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Merton GB - Oxford OX1 4JF

    Founded in 1517, the gate (notice the fan vaulted ceiling) and entrance are early Tudor. The sundial in the centre of the quad was designed in 1581. The 16 C hall has a good original hammer-beam roof. The 16 C chapel has a retable (The Adoration of t..

  • 3 Merton College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Merton Street GB - Oxford OX1 4JD

    Founded in 1264, its buildings are the oldest and most surprising in Oxford. The oldest quad, Mob Quad, is 14 C, a perfect square opening onto the library (1371-1378), the first in the kingdom to display books on shelves. The adjoining chapel (1294-1..

  • 4 University College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    High Street GB - Oxford OX1 4BH

    Founded in 1249, it has retained its curved Jacobean façade. The vaulted and decorated gate-house to the west leads to a vast mid 17 C quad bordered by the hall and the chapel (notice the 17 C windows painted by Van Linge), whereas the east gate lead..

  • 5 St Edmund Hall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Queen's Lane GB - Oxford OX1 4AR

    Founded around 1220, it is the last medieval hall. Although the oldest remaining parts only date back to the mid 17 C, St Edmund Hall has retained its small dimensions, and its very English charm. St Peter's Church, to the east, is today the college ..

  • 6 New College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    New College Lane GB - Oxford OX1 3BN

    Founded by William of Wykeham in 1379, three years before he founded Winchester College , it still has some of its original buildings. The Main Quad is the epitome of English Perpendicular style. The hall is the oldest in Oxford. The large 15 C chap..

  • 7 Worcester College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Worcester Street GB - Oxford OX1 2HB

    It was founded in 1714 from the medieval foundations of Gloucester College. The original foundations are still present under the five monastic houses to the south of the main quad. The other buildings are 18 C, except for the chapel with its melodram..

  • 8 Keble College

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parks Road GB - Oxford OX1 3PG

    Founded in 1870 by William Butterfield in the purest Victorian neo-Gothic, Keble is a red brick monument to the Oxford movement and the Gothic revival. The chapel fittings are the highest expression of this, and the Holman Hunt painting The Light of ..

  • 9 Botanic Gardens

    Nature and gardens

    Rose Lane GB - Oxford OX1 4AZ

    These gardens created in 1621 are the oldest in England. They have good views of the spires and towers of the colleges, and also of the Cherwell, where punts abound in the summer months. The gates date from c. 1630 and were designed by Nicholas Stone..

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