Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Magdalen College, Oxford

One of my favourite things to do when I'm in Oxford is explore one of the thirty-nine elegant golden stone coloured colleges that make up the university. With their pristine lawns and dark cloisters they provide pockets of studious calm from a city that is often bustling with excited groups of tourists

A couple of weekends ago I visited Magdalen (pronounced 'maudlin') College. Founded in 1458 it is one of the wealthiest and often considered one of the most beautiful colleges. Set in 40 hectares of gardens and woodlands with riverside walks, it even has a deer park.

I often daydream about how wonderful it must be to be fortunate enough to have studied in one of these prestigious colleges, following in the footsteps of world leaders and Nobel prize winners.

Apparently had I been here in the mid-1870s I might have encountered Oscar Wilde taking his pet lobster for a walk along the banks of the River Cherwell.

The gargoyles along the cloisters are said to have inspired CS Lewis' stone statues in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Have you visited any of the colleges in Oxford? Do you have a favourite?