Christ's College

Christ's College information

Location
Cambridge , England
Address
St Andrew's St
More information
www.christs.cam.ac.uk
Opening hours
9.30am-4pm, closed early-Apr–mid-Jun
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A great institution at more than 500 years old, Christ's gleaming Great Gate is emblazoned with heraldic carving of Tudor roses, portcullis and spotted Beaufort yale (antelope-like creatures). Its founder, Lady Margaret Beaufort, hovers above like a guiding spirit. A stout oak door leads into First Court , one of Cambridge's more picturesque front courts and the only circular one. Hunt out the gardens dedicated to alumnus Charles Darwin, they feature species brought back from his famous Galapagos voyage.

The Second Court has a gate to the Fellows' Garden , which contains a mulberry tree under which 17th-century poet John Milton reputedly wrote 'Lycidas'. Other notable alumni include Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G and Borat) and historian Simon Schama.