Historic Properties: City Centre (Market Square)
Gonville & Caius
Trinity Street, Cambridge. CB2 1TA • (01223) 332400
Caius is the fourth oldest surviving College in the University of Cambridge. The College was first founded as Gonville Hall by Edmund Gonville, Rector of Terrington St Clement in Norfolk, in 1348, and refounded in 1557 by John Caius as Gonville and Caius College.
Edmund Gonville sought to create a College capable of supporting twenty scholars in pursuit of higher degrees, particularly in the arts and theology. Over the next two centuries, the community of Gonville Hall, consisting of a Master, Fellows and a small number of students, gradually acquired endowments to support itself, and further buildings to house its work.
After a period of some decline, the College was refounded and extended in 1557 by former student and Fellow, John Keys. He spelled his name in many different ways (following Elizabethan practice), one of which was "Caius". His most visible legacy to the College remains the very beautiful Caius Court and the College's three famous gates - of "Humility", "Virtue" and "Honour".
By 1630, Gonville & Caius College had expanded considerably, having about 25 Fellows and 150 students, but during the unsettled times that followed, numbers declined and did not recover their 1630 level until 1840, after which expansion was rapid.
The College is now one of the largest and wealthiest Colleges in Cambridge.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Open 9am-2pm daily when the College is open. During the summer vacation the college is open 8am to 12noon, Monday to Friday only. 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 to the west of the city centre between Trinity Street and Trinity Lane.
Cambridge railway station: 25 minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
Gonville & Caius, Trinity Street, Cambridge. CB2 1TA • (01223) 332400
Last Updated Friday 29 April 2022
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