Trinity College Cambridge, one of the college founded by Henry VIII. Even now to enter it you have to pass by a Tudor-style gate of 1546, called the Great Gate.
Just look at the statues at the entrance, try to identify the one of King Henry VIII. Iff you look carefully the king holds the leg of a table. It was not part of the original statue, as you can imagine, but has been put by some student with a sense of humour and never removed.
When you reach the entrance of the Great Court (one of the places that visitors can visit) you’ll see a apple tree. This tree was planted in the ’50s and is said to be a direct descendant of the famous Isaac Newton’s apple tree. Yes, the gravity one. Isaac Newton was still a student at this prestigious college at the time. The Great Court is magnificent and the largest in the world.
If you saw the movie ‘Chariots of Fire’ you will without doubt recognise the Trinity College Cambridge Square, about 360 meters if you do the full tour. The race in the movie is still done, as the clock strikes the hour twice, you have to run around the Court in time between a touch and the other, which is usually about 44 seconds.
The fountain you see in the middle is 400 years old. From Great Gate you can get in Angel Court. Here you are normally allowed to visit two rooms allocated to first-year students.
The long history of Trinity College Cambridge
Nevile’s Court was built about 400 years ago, Lord Byron was here, although the bear is said he had with him when he was studying at Cambridge was not here. The huge library of Trinity College, Cambridge, who is called Wren Library has more than 55,000 old books.
It’s called Wren Library because it was built by Christoper Wren, the rather famous architect of the Cathedral of St Paul’s and many other London churches.
Now, with 700 students studying for a degree and 350 studying for a doctorate, the Trinity College Cambridge is the largest college in Cambridge and Oxford. Among the many students that have passed from here we can find Francis Bacon, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Lord Byron, as many as 32 Nobel laureates and 6 British Prime Ministers.
How to get to Trinity College Cambridge?
Parts of the college are open to the public from 10 am to 16:30 during the week and the entrance fee is only £ 2. While Cambridge is an ideal one day trip from London and many areas in the south east, there is so much to see that you should spend at least a few days.
Other places to visit
With its three successive courts and their beautiful gateways of mellowed red brick, St John’s College is very reminiscent of Hampton Court. Both belong to the Tudor period, and both have undergone restorations and have buildings of stone added in a much later and entirely different style. Across the river stands the fourth court linked […]
Trinity College Cambridge, one of the college founded by Henry VIII. Even now to enter it you have to pass by a Tudor-style gate of 1546, called the Great Gate. Just look at the statues at the entrance, try to identify the one of King Henry VIII. Iff you look carefully the king holds the […]