Founded in 1441 by King Henry VI and an integral part of the prestigious Cambridge University, the King's College is arguably the grandest and most famous of Cambridge’s many colleges. With alumni including Britain’s first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole; mathematician Alan Turing; and novelists Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith, King’s College has a long legacy of academics, but it’s also renowned for its magnificent grounds.
Visitors to King’s College can explore the striking college buildings, which took around 100 years to build, as well as the landscaped gardens and classical lawns that stretch along the River Cam waterfront. The star attraction is the King’s College Chapel, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the UK, and celebrated for its choral recitals. It’s also possible for guests to spend a night on campus or enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the university café.
King's College is located on the banks of the Cam River just west of downtown Cambridge. The college is open to the public during college terms Mon-Fri 9.30am - 3.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 3.15pm, Sun 1.15pm - 2.30pm, and outside of college terms: daily 9.30am - 4.30pm. Admission is £8 for adults and £5.50 for children or students.