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Henry VI founded King's in 1441. The college has an outstanding chapel showing a superb example of Perpendicular architecture. The interior is perfectly proportioned, with wonderful 16th century stained glass and a magnificent Gothic-style fan-vault ceiling. Rubens' "The Adoration of the Magi" adorns the altarpiece. There are often music concerts held at the chapel.
". . . no noise nor silence, but one equal music"
These words of the poet John Donne sum up a visit to King's College Chapel very well.
The best way to see King's Chapel is to attend one of the services - ideally on a winter's evening when the chapel is candlelit. The fan vaulting looks incredible when lit by these candles.. Someone once said that this place is so beautiful, it hurts. Not far wrong. The services are, as stated elsewhere, free of charge, but visitors should remember that the services are an act of worship and NOT concerts. Unlike certain other churches, college chapels and cathedrals in Britain, it is not possible to listen to or watch the choir rehearsing/practising, or at least not from inside the chapel. If the music being sung is particularly popular (e.g. Allegri 's Miserere on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday), start queuing outside the south door well before the service is due to start (45 minutes to 1 hour). But don't be surprised if several people (choristers' parents, members of the college, etc.) jump the queue and sneak in ahead of you.
And if you've been impressed by what you've heard, don't forget to head up the road to St John's and listen to the choir there as well. The building is nowhere near as spectacular, but the choir is also one of the best of its type in the world.
If you're only going to see one college...
Well, you should probably try to see more than one college, but if you're pushed for time then I'd suggest Kings College as the one you should see. The architecture is quite spectacular, and the highlight is the chapel, which looks great from the outside and has a lovely interior too...
Don't forget to walk right through to get the famous view of King's from the "Backs" - where the river runs past the back of some of the central Cambridge colleges.
It's not a cheap attraction, though - 4 pounds per adult, and note that the college is closed during exam time, which is late April to mid June. Opening hours as well can vary, it's a good idea to check the website before planning a visit.
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King's College Chapel
The chapel it well worth seeing. The stained glass windows at either end of the chapel are very detailed. There is a huge organ in the middle and the ceilings are intricately decorated gothic arches. If you are lucky you may be there when there is a choir practise which just enhances the experiences. The entry fee is £4 and you can also walk around the courtyard of the college.
Kings college is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Cambridge. There is an entry fee of £4 to the Chapel and you can then walk around the College grounds. I was surprised how short the queue was to get in for a weekend in August.
King's College is the most famous and, judging by the crowds queueing to get in, most visited of Cambridge's 31 Colleges. This picture was taken from the tower in St. Mary's and you can see the front court of King's on the left and the famous Chapel on the right.
Of all the Colleges I visited on my trip to Cambridge, King's was the only one which i had to pay full fare into. In Trinity & St. John's i walked and talked my way in for free respectively, while the nice lady at the lodge in Queens' let me in for 50p. Unless you're prepared to swim across the Cam or climb the gates of King's you'll have to pay 2.50 (student rate) to see King's. And I guess it was worth it...
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It's impressive Cathedral. I was lucky enough to arrive when a choir recital was to begin, free to the public. The heavenly voices made it all the more evocative.
You have to visit the King's...
You have to visit the King's College.
Impressive array of buildings and long respected intellectual lineage. This is NOT the way I remember university!
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