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All Souls College

High Street, Oxford OX1 4AL, England
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Ranked #36 of 100 Attractions in Oxford
Type: Educational Sites
Description: Founded by Henry VI and Henry Chichele in 1438, the college today serves primarily as an academic research institution at the University of Oxford.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was a hidden gem in our explorations of Oxford. It was very quiet and offered a lovely sunny seat in the quiet quad. The fact that it was the site of several scenes from Harry Potter films was an added bonus. Expected to see Hermoine come round the corner at any time!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Visiting All Souls is free (currently open 2-4pm each afternoon). It's probably worth popping in, for a 5-10 minute visit if it's open when you wander by. I found the staff friendly and it's a pleasant space to wander through. The buildings can feel less impressive when you're inside the quad than they do when you've been looking through the... More

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Firstly if you are going to visit Oxford I would advise you to check opening times of the colleges because they open at different times, some don't open at weekends, some don't open during the summer. Some charge & some are free. This is a good website http://www.ox.ac.uk/visitors_friends/visiting_the_university/visiting_the_colleges/ All Souls wasn't open the first time I went to visit so... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I can't say too much about All Souls as we visited a Fellow there and had a private tour. However, the atmosphere there is so relaxed, it almost feels like some form of monastic retreat. The library is breathtaking. Well worth a trip if you are in Oxford and can get in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

If you visit Oxford, you should definitely take one of the many city walks and guided tours that are offered. Perfect way to get to know the city and the many, many beautiful buildings and interesting history - it really takes your breath away! Can't wait to go there again.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

It has wonderful chapel but is not open to the public

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Oxford, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

All Souls shuts it doors to visitors and you can only get a glimpse of the quod from the gate near the Radcliffe - but if you do get in - go to the chapel.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012 via mobile

This is the place that allegedly has the second best wine cellar after the Queen. This is the place that only invites fellows to join. This is the place where the term "ivory tower" originated from its towers and secrecy. See the courtyard and otherside of the beautiful gates that look at the Radcliffe Camera. And yes, this is the... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

All Souls is a research college, so the part you get into on the standard tour is the disappointing mediaeval parts. When they participate in Open Doors, you get to go into the main quad and into the fabulous Hawksmoor built Library.

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