This spectacular college, founded in the reign of King James I, it has a very impressive exterior and beautifully manicured gardens. The College was founded thanks to Nicholas Wadham, who left money in his will of 1610.
His widow Dorothy did all the hard work, sorting out the finances and the building arrangements. She was so efficient that the college was able to open its doors to students just four years after the death of its benefactor Nicholas. Dorothy also added her own fortune to her husband’s endowment, when she died in 1618.
Today the campus takes 150 graduates and around 450 under-graduates. In 1974, women were allowed to join the college for the first time. Autumn is a great time to walk around the front quad, as the College’s trees are then at their finest. The gardens – originally part of an Augustinian Priory – have a collection including the Silver pendant lime, holm oak, tulip tree, purple beech, yew, cedar of Lebanon, gingko, redwood, and the rare Chinese gutta percha tree. There is also an 18th century cowshed to visit, and a beautifully quiet chapel. The College grounds also include The Holywell Music Rooms (facing onto Holywell Street) – the first purpose-built musical concert venue in the world.
Address: Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PN
Tel: +44 (0)1865 277900