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Magdalen College

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Address: High St., Oxford, England
Phone Number: 44-1865-276000
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Founded originally in 1448, Magdalen was among the first colleges in...

Founded originally in 1448, Magdalen was among the first colleges in Oxford to teach science.

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Budget Rooms Great Experience 3 different rooms

I stayed here for a work trip a few weeks ago and it was really neat. Originally we were booked in the newly refurbished Annex which was clean and basic. I was bummed because its... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here for a work trip a few weeks ago and it was really neat. Originally we were booked in the newly refurbished Annex which was clean and basic. I was bummed because its not actually inside the school, its off of Longwall street. The only advantage of staying there is its quicker to get to the room. I... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying in Christ Church college and kind of thought this might be similar so not sure it was worth the £4 a head entrance fees. It was well worth a look though as it’s got quite a few differences, the quad for one seemed far more attractive and the herbaceous borders of the gardens out the back are... More 

Thank Henry T
Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I studied at Magdalen in 1999 so was excited to return. The beauty of this college is overwhelming...the deer park, the architecture, the river. It's like nowhere else on earth. I highly recommend a visit.

Thank AmandaMV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it is really a very big building and the college is on a large acreage with beautiful view and amazing work on the building. i enjoyed taking the pics

Thank Saintjoan2001
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Flying visit with my son. Anyone who attends there is incredibly lucky. The place just drips heritage and privilege. Superb welcome by the porters. I was expecting to pay by card but they did not have the facilities and i did not have the cash! Rather than embarrass me in front of strangers they let me in. I will drop... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With the largest grounds of any Oxford College, over 100 acres, and with one of the most picturesque settings along the River Cherwell, Magdalen College (pronounced maudlin) is a must for a visitor to Oxford. Founded in 1458, its 15th century High Street frontage incorporates stonework for the Chapel of the hospital of St. John founded in 1233. The 15... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't be put off by the scaffolding and builders units at the front. Once inside the college, it's very peaceful. We didn't stay long, but it added to a wonderful experience in Oxford.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Good to visit as part of an afternoon walking tour. You are allowed into the chapel and the dining hall and can walk around the cloisters

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Bristol, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The 4 stars are for the buildings & grounds, as you really feel the weight of history whilst walking around - and the quirkiness of an ancient English institution. But I could not escape the feeling that the College needs to examine its visitor experience, as there seems to have been little planning involved. Granted, there will always be difficulties... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful and peaceful gardens and wonderful buildings. Added bonus of a lovely riverside cafe with very cheap food. Well worth the £4 entry fee.

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