Christ's College

Christ's College information

Cambridge , United Kingdom
Street St Andrew's St
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admission free, Darwin room £2.50
Opening hours
9.30am-noon, Darwin room 10am-noon & 2-4pm
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Lonely Planet review

Over 500 years old and a grand old institution, Christ's is worth visiting if only for its gleaming Great Gate emblazoned with heraldic carving of spotted Beaufort yale (antelope-like creatures), Tudor roses and portcullis. 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. Pressing on through the Second Court there is a gate to the Fellows' Garden, which contains a mulberry tree under which 17th-century poet John Milton reputedly wrote Lycidas . Charles Darwin also studied here and his room has been restored as it would have been when he lived in it. You can buy a guided-walk brochure (£1.20) to Darwin-related sites in the college from the porter's lodge. Other controversy-generating alumni include Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G and Borat) and historian Simon Schama.