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Address: St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3JP, England
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+44 1865 277300

Founded in 1555 and named after St. John the Baptist, patron saint of...

Founded in 1555 and named after St. John the Baptist, patron saint of tailors, this Oxford college is best known for its Canterbury Quad with its impressive classical architecture.

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Amazing college

Beautiful quads, pretty gardens and very helpful porters.The Canterbury quad is particularly stunning.

Reviewed 2 August 2016
Fiona H
Wellington, United Kingdom
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Wellington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

Beautiful quads, pretty gardens and very helpful porters.The Canterbury quad is particularly stunning.

Thank Fiona H
Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

Lovely surroundings to attend a conference.beautiful garden to wander around during breaks and lunch.catering was excellent .well organised both during breaks and lunch.

Thank Lynn S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Another beautiful Oxford college. Just stumbled on this today when walking down St Giles Street. A stunning courtyard with manicured grass and beautiful buildings. Make sure you check for opening times as it's not open all day.

2 Thank MarkNob
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Lovely old buildings kept in very good order with lovely courtyards and gardens to wander through. Some lovely plants to see and a very pretty secret garden.

1 Thank TankGirl2010
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2016

Having never entered an Oxford college before, I had no idea what I was in for when I visited St John's College on March 23rd this year. My friend and I were invited on a tour of the College buildings (inside and out) and including the magnificent gardens - the result of winning a first prize! I do not have... More 

Thank Jan R
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

The wealthiest college in Oxford due to their extensive land holdings and consequent ground rent income, this college has particularly beautiful and peaceful gardens and grounds. Make sure you see the Canterbury quad with its lovely Italian Renaissance style architecture.

Thank AtlanticTyger
Wellington, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2015

Fantastic architecture and beautiful gardens- highly recommended. The porters are very helpful indeed. Make sure you visit the Lamb and Flag pub which is owned by St John's.

Thank Fiona H
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2015

There are plenty of colleges to look around in Oxford but if you are limited for time this one is certainly not to be missed. You cannot go in to the buildings but you van look around the grounds and the quadrangles and the outside of the buildings and these are beautiful. There is no charge for entry which is... More 

2 Thank JC1LondonEngland
Stroud, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 September 2014

Very hard to set one of Oxford university's wonderful colleges above another, but if you can only manage to visit one, St John's is probably the one to choose. It is open more generously than most, and is free too . . . has all the key ingredients - sequences of architecturally superb courtyards, chapel, great dining hall, library, stairs... More 

2 Thank Amy A
Western Australia
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Reviewed 1 September 2014

Enter through the historic wooden doors and imagine the life and times who have walked before you. Step into the breathtaking quadrangle and gaze up at the glorious and historic architecture. Wander through to the spacious fields and peaceful woodland beyond. It is totally deceptive what lies beyond the aged walls and weary gates of St Johns - it is... More 

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