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Address: Catte Street, Oxford OX1 3BW, England
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Founded in 1282 by Elias de Hertford, this Oxford College has educated many...

Founded in 1282 by Elias de Hertford, this Oxford College has educated many leading figures in British life over the centuries including John Donne, the 17th-century poet, Thomas Hobbs, political philosopher, and Jonathan Swift, famous satirist.

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A hidden gem among the many jewels of Oxford

With its main gate on Catte Street across from the Bodleian, Hertford's buildings were originally built for Magdalen Hall. Hertfordwas formally incorporated in 1874. The two... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2015
Centreville, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

With its main gate on Catte Street across from the Bodleian, Hertford's buildings were originally built for Magdalen Hall. Hertfordwas formally incorporated in 1874. The two wings on the front were joined by a hall over the gate by the architect Sir Thomas Jackson, who also designed the "Bridge of Sighs" over New College Lane that united the two quads... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 4 September 2015

When you pass-by the famous " Bridge of Sighs " that connects the old and new quads of Hertford College, just dont simply walked-in.... stop... take a click ....smile.... it reminds one of its resemblance in the city of Venice !

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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 10 October 2014

Hertford College is definitely underpublicized as a tourist attraction. We saw the Bridge of Sighs, but were not really primed to see and enjoy anything else. Perhaps it was a mistake to just hurry on over to the Bodleian Library after barely a glance at Hertford, but that’s what we did. Hertford’s Catte Street façade is impressive, but difficult to... More 

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

It was a really nice college. The building, the Quad and even the students are friendly and polite. The Bridge of Sighs is really a landmark and since it is very close to Bodleian Library, it was convenient. The evensong at New College though is a really must do when you are in Oxford.

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Reviewed 4 July 2013

When we visited Oxford it was the day for prospective students to visit the colleges and most of them were closed to tourists. We only had one day there and were allowed to visit Hertford college which was a great experience. Such nice people and beautiful buildings! We loved it.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Be sure to ask the porter if you can go into the chapel and see the Tyndale stained glass window that is dedicated to Bible translators throughout history. Really beautiful.

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Reviewed 25 July 2012

Most people remember Hertford for the Bridge of Sighs. It's also very handy for the Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Square with the famous Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, Blackwell's Bookshops and other nearby colleges. The Holywell Music Room is very close by, too.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Beautiful little college right in the centre of Oxford - it's tiny, but has a lovely quad!

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Oxford, England
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

There are so many well known colleges in Oxford, and as I live here I am glad that tourist keep to the tourist route of Christ Church/Magdalen and leave the more off the beaten track colleges alone.

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