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Magdalen College

High St., Oxford, England
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Ranked #9 of 103 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Educational Sites, Religious Sites
Description: Founded originally in 1448, Magdalen was among the first colleges in Oxford to teach science.
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oxford UK
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Besides the college, which is lovely, Magdalen has a huge garden, including a deer park. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk around, and the flowers change with the seasons. A quiet oasis in a busy town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I visited several colleges on a recent trip to Oxford, and found Magdalen to be my favorite. Picturesque grounds complete with a large field where you can watch the deer frolic! I really enjoyed walking around this college.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We stayed at the college for three nights, in the 'new building', built in the 1730s. The suite would normally be used for second or third year students and was quite spacious. Toilet and shower was shared (and very basic) but there was never a wait. The room was almost irrelevant. Having breakfast in Hall and wandering around the cloisters,... More

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This college is my favourite in Oxford, it is a stunning piece of architecture and has a warm feel to it. We were fortunate to be able to visit on a Saturday and as well as looking around we had a light lunch in the Riverside restaurant on the river terrace overlooking Magdalen Bridge where the punts were hired out,... More

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Bordeaux, France
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26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

A very good college to get to grips with the divide between town and gown. Magdalen has massive grounds all in the centre of the city

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scotland west
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Magdalen is open every day 12-6 and certainly makes visitors far more welcome than most colleges. Entry is £4 for adults and it's superb value as you get to wander as long as you like in the deer park as well as seeing the buildings gardens - and maybe finishing with tea and scones on the terrace The latter is... More

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San Diego, CA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We visited Magdalene late one afternoon. For 5 pounds you get to see one of the great centers of learning! It's a self-guided walk with a guide book, so you can take your time. Lovely grounds, beautiful buildings and a great sense of history. We enjoyed walking "Addison's Walk" around the deer park -- what a nice afternoon!

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The cost of entering the college grounds were £5 for adults and given the size of the grounds and buildings it is well worth the admission price. The deer park is quite lovely and the cloisters are beautiful. On entrance we were given a pamphlet to help us have a self-guided tour. Unfortunately several of the places described in the... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I am biased but for me this is the best College within the University. It is beautiful too with a superb chapel, grounds and buildings. IF you stay there (you can do a B&B there ) - ask for "Inside the Walls" so that you get that true feel.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

I'm sure that if the guided tour had been available on the day I went, I would have enjoyed my visit to Magdalen (pronounced maud-lin, for my fellow Americans or others who assume it's pronounced like Mary Magdalen) much more than I did. I studied abroad at Oxford but had never been to Magdalen, and since I'm a fan of... More

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