St John's College

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Cambridge , United Kingdom
Street St John's St
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adult/child £4/free
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Lonely Planet review

Alma mater of six prime ministers, three saints and Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ), St John's is one of the city's most photogenic colleges, and is also the second-biggest after Trinity. Founded in 1511 by Henry VII's mother, Margaret Beaufort, it sprawls along both banks of the river, joined by the Bridge of Sighs, a masterpiece of stone tracery and a focus for student pranks. Over the bridge is the 19th-century New Court, an extravagant neo-Gothic creation, and out to the left are stunning views of the Backs. Parts of the college are much older and the chapel, though smaller than King's, is one of Cambridge's hidden gems.