Went to evensong on the last Friday in November. Dark and cold outside, but inside the choir, and the wall of statues behind the altar all added up to a moving and atmospheric experience.
We liked the very atmospheric lane leading to the college gate - spooky. The main hall was closed - so the only buildings we went in were the chapel / cloisters. The cloisters were very atmospheric - the age and the massive tree in one corner - used in a famous film I think. When we had the place to... More
Visiting New College was one of the highlights of my trip to Oxford as it was a beautiful experience seeing the sun streaming through the cloisters and sitting in the peaceful garden. Given the associations with the Harry Potter films I was surprised at how quiet the college was. When we visited there was only about 10 other tourists there... More
This one is tucked away - but a brilliant college to visit. Edmond Halley's house and observatory are owned by this college as he was associated with them. Harry potter scenes filmed in the garden and cloisters. There was a choir singing in the chapel when we went through. Part of the old town walls forms the walls of this... More
There are many colleges you may plan to visit while in Oxford. This one truly deserves to be included into your plans. It's not the most famous one, it may be not the most gorgeous one but you'll spend a very pleasant hour there to visit the buildings, to walk in the gardens. And you'll have a more peaceful moment... More
Went along to evening service on Monday that was a 'compline' ie historical end of the day service. Superb singing by the award-winning male choir by candlelight. Fantastic chapel - one of Oxfords' best! As per previous review can confirm that entrance is via Holywell Street gate (NB not Rd)
We were so lucky to chance upon a carol service here with readings by John le Carre and stunning singing from the choir - all for charity but a beautiful service inside new college chapel with all its wondrous splendour, ancient achitecture and ambient setting.
Not new for several centuries this is one of the oldest colleges and once the workplace home of Dr Spooner; not always open but worth checking out the times and having a look if you can. Situated in an atmospheric old lane that's worth a visit in its own right.
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