This chapel is apparently world famous. On entering, one can appreciate why; the roof is incredibly ornate, whilst the organ at one side has a dominating presence when played. The main attraction is a painting in a side room, to see it you need to walk halfway down the chapel and then through a door on your right. Make sure you see the rest of the college, espcially the Hall whilst you're visiting!
Keble College is really pretty. It's hard to see inside, but it's well worth a visit and it's really not far from town, yet it seems to get far fewer tourists than lots of the central colleges. It's got its own style and seems a bit more colourful and warm than some of the more stoney buildings elsewhere. It's a relatively modern college, built in 1870. The main quad you'll come across is the Lidden Quad. Don't walk on the grass or a college warden might show his grumpy side!
The chapel is the main highlight of the college, hosting the famous painting The Light of the World by Holman Hunt, but it's nice just to wander round.
The Hayward and De Breyne buildings lurking at the back are some nasty looking 1960s buildings that contrast with the lovely brickwork of the rest of the college, a bit like Wolfson and Rayne in St Anne's. I'm sure they're much-loved by students, but I'd give them a miss in your tour around.
Hey - did you know that Keble College has a Bed and Breakfast? Me either!! We knew we were going to visit Oxford but didn't want to stay in a regular old hotel room. So after a little searching online I found that there are a couple of colleges that offer B&B service during the summer, when school is out. Everything is done online so it's super easy.
We were booked to stay in the new wing which was boring, bland and downright ugly. I wish we could have stayed in one of the old rooms, but we booked at the last minute and all those rooms were taken.
The ladies in the Porter's Lodge were super helpful and always willing to answer our questions or give directions.
We ate breakfast in the main dining hall which was really a great experience. Sort of Harry Potter-esque, which my teenage daughter throughly enjoyed. The food was fine - your usual English breakfast. Eggs, bangers, beans, broiled tomato, yogurt, fruit, coffee and tea, OJ and various pastries to choose from.
On the whole we had a fine experience though I am not sure we'd actually do it again as it was more expensive than a regular hotel, but I am pretty sure they can charge more just because they offer the Oxford College experience, so to speak. It was worth it just to see my daughters face when we told her where we were staying. She loved it.
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