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Peterhouse Cambridge

Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RD, England
+44 1223 338200
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Oldest Actively-Used Hall in Europe

As Cambridge's oldest college (founded in 1281), Peterhouse offers a stunning example of... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
Old College Court Well Worth Seeing

My wife went into the Porter's Lodge and asked permission for us to walk into the college court. He... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2017
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Founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, this is the oldest college in Cambridge, and with under 400 students, one of the smallest.
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Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RD, England
+44 1223 338200
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

As Cambridge's oldest college (founded in 1281), Peterhouse offers a stunning example of hall-building from 1291. The hall, lovingly and jokingly touted as "the oldest secular building in Europe still used for its original purpose," was updated in the 1800s with the striking arts and...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2017

My wife went into the Porter's Lodge and asked permission for us to walk into the college court. He gave it, and we were enchanted with the blooming flowers and took a lot of pictures. Despite what the guidebooks say, we were allowed only to...More

Thank psychprofessor
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

This college was founded in 1284 and is the oldest in Cambridge. I attend a course here every year and it is one that I enjoy most. It is a small college by student numbers and has a small intimate family feel about it. Much...More

Thank Nigel G
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We were deeply puzzled by Peterhouse - its a smaller college and entry is free but (perhaps because it IS free) it was absolutely seething with hordes of tourists and seemed to act as a they way to the river. Just because we were already...More

Thank hfulton32
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Peterhouse is the oldest of the Cambridge colleges. Founded in 1284 by the Bishop of Ely, it is the smallest college in terms of students and fellows and has beautiful, honeystone courtyards and lovely grounds. Free to enter, worth a wander especially if you're visiting...More

Thank DunelmArts
Reviewed 29 June 2016

This is one of the smallest and oldest colleges in Cambridge. Unlike the other colleges, I did not have to show a membership card to obtain free admission, so maybe there is no entrance charge for tourists. The first court you enter is intimately small,...More

1  Thank BroLucius
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

This is the smallest of the 31 colleges that make up Cambridge University. Admission is free. Wander about the grounds. We went into the dining hall after the noonday meal. A maid was folding napkins for the dinner meal. The undergrads and faculty take their...More

Thank EDD1967_83
Reviewed 23 August 2015

Peterhouse is the University of Cambridge's first college, and is over 800 years old. It is still quite small, and relatively discrete. Nice gardens, and good to have a quick look around. Not one of the main or most famous colleges, which are a short...More

Thank ausome_a
Reviewed 5 July 2015

That a building could be so old is amazing to our friends across the Atlantic. The college is only small but it the oldest and as such worth a quick look see.

Thank DrPaulT
Reviewed 31 March 2015

People normally just pass by Peterhouse, on their way to fancier grounds like Kings or Trinity. They might stop and take a quick photo but they won't bother having a better look. What a mistake! Peterhouse is the oldest Cambridge college and its small but...More

3  Thank Publius_Ovidius
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