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King's College 

Explore the campus of one of Cambridge University’s great colleges and visit its medieval chapel, a superb example of late Gothic architecture.

Stroll through the grounds of King's College, home to the spectacular King’s College Chapel. This large medieval church dates back to the middle of the 15th century and is among the most photographed buildings in the town. Its image appears on everything from tea towels to postcards. Admire the chapel’s exemplary Gothic interior and hear a performance by its renowned choir.

King’s College was founded by King Henry VI in 1441 and is one of the University of Cambridge’s 31 colleges. Its centerpiece is the magnificent chapel. Take your time looking at the gorgeous fan-vaulted ceiling, the largest of its kind in the world. Study the stained glass windows, huge sheets of colored glass that run the length of the building. They depict scenes from the Bible, including the crucifixion of Christ. See the Adoration of the Magi, a 17th-century painting by Rubens. Stand before the large 16th-century ornamental screen.

Aside from the chapel, the Porters' Lodge is another one of the college’s more interesting buildings. Examine its distinct façade, an example of the neo-Gothic architectural style that was popular when it was constructed in the 1830s. Save time to see the classical Gibbs building, the college’s second-oldest structure.

One of the nicest things to do while at King’s is to watch a performance by the chapel’s choir. During term time, attend evening performances from Monday to Saturday or additional performances on Sunday morning and afternoon. The chapel also hosts the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols each Christmas Eve, which is broadcast globally by the BBC. It’s possible to watch this iconic performance live in the chapel if you line up early.

Located on King’s Parade in the center of Cambridge, King’s College is a short walk from Drummer Street bus station. There is no car parking at King’s and metered street parking is limited. The college and its grounds are open daily and admission charges apply. There are discounts for senior citizens, children and students. Children under the age of 12 get in for free

Give yourself loads of time at King's College. Here are the most popular activities:

Why don't you think about buying a Student-Led Walking Tour of Cambridge University or a Guided Punting Tour along the River Cam?

Peruse our Cambridge City Centre things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're in the area.


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