While we wandered along the High Street gawping at the wonderful old college buildings, we noticed a group of visitors in a doorway, ready to move off on a tour, so we joined them. Our guide was a graduate student of Medieval History and her friendly manner and interesting stories made the tour very enjoyable.
This is a small college ( although it claims to be the oldest ) and is a comfortable introduction to how the University came to develop and grow. The tour ends with the visit to the shrine to Shelley, memorialised in a romantic marble statue, even though he was actually expelled for writing a pamphlet promoting atheism. This was a bit much for the then authorities, given that the college was endowed to study only theology for much of its earlier existence.
Modern times are very much emphasised in the portraits in the Hogwarts style dining hall, with paintings of alumni such as Clement Attlee, Harold wilson and Bill Clinton.
For few pounds, this ticket was extremely good value.More