Over five centuries of history and education come together at St. John's College, alma mater of three saints, six prime ministers, and nine Nobel Prize winners. Established in 1511 by Henry VII's mother, the photogenic campus stretches along both banks of the Cam River and features one of area's most photographed structures, known popularly as the "Bridge of Sighs." This masterpiece of decorative Neo-Gothic architecture joins the two riverbanks and often serves as the centerpiece of student pranks. Other campus highlights include a chapel designed by architect George Gilbert Scott, and a library filled with rare books, historical documents, and priceless manuscripts. Put St. John's College at the forefront of your travel plans using our Cambridge tour planner.
Tours to St. John's College
Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $111
Duration: 2 hours
50-Minute Student-Guided Punting Tour in Cambridge BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $25
Duration: 50 minutes
St. John's College reviews
Pity the grounds are closed to the public so just a glimpse through the gate. Lovely place to study. Student here are so lucky more »
In Cambridge for the day and I’ve always wanted to see the Bridge of Sighs. You can see it via St John’s College. There is a cost to go through the College. The college is lovely and a service was... more »
A really great college that hosts a fabulous May Ball for the end of academic year festivities. Even in the rain, this party went over and above what was expected and was such a lot of fun. The fireworks were incredible, there was a giant load of punts in the river waiting to catch them. The activities were great - future telling, star sign reading, all very interesting, a doughnut wall, punts filled with drinks, so much food (some fantastic steak), a table stacked with fruit! It had everything. The college itself is beautiful as well, architectural paradise for anyone that likes that sort of thing.
Spacious and beautiful 👍 The college has two bridges, and own harbour
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