Historic Properties: City Centre (North)
Christ's College and Fellows' Garden
St Andrew's Street, Cambridge. CB2 3BU • (01223) 334900
Christ's College was first established as God's House in 1437 by William Byngham, a London parish priest, for training grammar school masters. Shortly after receiving its Royal Licence from Henry VI in 1446, God's House was forced to move from its original site as this was needed for the King's new project, King's College.
God's House moved to its present site in 1448 and in the same year received a second Royal Licence. This licence may be regarded as the Foundation Charter. Following the death of her third husband, and the accession of her son as King Henry VII, the Lady Margaret Beaufort turned her energies to good causes. No doubt at the suggestion of her confessor, Bishop John Fisher, she decided to enlarge God's House. In 1505, with a royal charter from the King, the College was re-founded as Christ's College.
Fellows' Garden is beautiful garden has been described as one of the glories of Cambridge. The college is situated in the busiest part of the city, and to step through the gates of Christ's is to enter an alternative world of stillness and tranquility.
Visitors are welcome to explore the College and its grounds. However, as the College is an active place of learning and research, visitors are not able to enter any College buildings. Please note however that during the Quiet Period prior to and during the University examinations the College is closed to all visitors. The exact dates of the Quiet Period vary from year to year, according to term dates but as a rough guide, the Quiet Period runs from early May to mid June.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Open 9am-4pm daily when the College is open. The Fellows' Garden is closed at weekends. Opening hours are subject to examinations and holidays and you should check the college website before planning your visit. Free admission.
Advance booking is not required.
Located in the city centre at the junction of Sidney Street and St Andrew's Street.
Cambridge railway station: 20 minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
Christ's College and Fellows' Garden, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge. CB2 3BU • (01223) 334900
Last Updated Friday 29 April 2022
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