St Edmund Hall
St Edmund Hall (‘Teddy Hall’ to residents) was founded sometime before 1317 and is the sole survivor of the original medieval halls, the...
All Souls College
One of the wealthiest and most peaceful Oxford colleges, All Souls was founded in 1438 as a centre of prayer and learning. It's one of...
Bridge of Sighs
As you stroll along New College Lane, look up at the steeped Bridge of Sighs linking the two halves of Hertford College. Completed in...
Squeezed down a narrow alleyway, this tiny medieval pub (from at least 1381) is one of Oxford’s best loved. It’s where US president Bill...
The queue out the door speaks volumes about the food quality at this tiny, deliciously authentic place. All light wood, dainty trays and...
Holywell St · interesting places nearby
New College information
Established in 1379, New College was the first in Oxford for undergraduates and is a fine example of the glorious Perpendicular Gothic style. The chapel is full of treasures, including superb medieval stained glass (much of it original) and Sir Jacob Epstein's disturbing statue of Lazarus. The 15th-century cloisters and 19th-century evergreen oak featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire . During term time, visitors can attend the beautiful Evensong, a choral church service held nightly at 6.15pm.
The college's dining hall is the oldest in Oxbridge. William Spooner was once a college warden here, and his habit of transposing the first consonants of words gave rise to the term 'spoonerism'. Other high-profile alumni include actors Hugh Grant and Kate Beckinsale.
New College is also famous for a bizarre medieval ritual. Every three years, the Lord Mayor of Oxford has to walk along the ruins of the city wall, which is part of New College, to fulfill a medieval obligation that the wall would be repaired if necessary (the walk is merely symbolic).
Access for visitors is through the New College Lane gate from Easter to early October and through the Holywell St entrance the rest of the year.