Definitely the most attractive and least known Cambridge college Jesus college is well worth a visit. Every odd year in the summer there is a renowned scultpure exhibition, with an outstanding permanent collection available to view all year. Entry is free to the college and access is through the Jesus lane gate near the pedestrian crossing.
Ask a porter if you can ride the horse on first court, it is customary to pay 50p (or 10 shillings to be more accurate!) for the privilege.
I went to Jesus College in search of grass tennis courts, where I hoped to find a friendly pick-up game in the afternoon. Unfortunately the courts still weren't ready for play yet, so I remained on campus for a casual stroll and came across a building decorated with wisteria.
A minute after I took this photo, a cheerful old chap approached me to share in my appreciation of the beautiful scene. He told me that an official from Kew Gardens had recently visited Jesus College and remarked that the wisteria here rivals that of the famous London attraction. I feel compelled to immortalize this comment in my tip, as I have not been to Kew Gardens but admire the pride that is taken all over Cambridge in tending the lawns and flowers.
Jesus College boasts the oldest buildings in Cambridge, dating from the 11th century Norman times, due to its location on the site of a Benedictine nunnery. The college was founded in 1496 and originally consisted of buildings taken over from the old nunnery including Jesus Chapel, which is where the name of the college comes from.
Jesus College Cambridge was founded in 1496; it was first started in the building of two chapels.
It is one of the best colleges in Cambridge, located on Victoria Avenue.
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