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King's College at Christmas

Discover what happened when we took our students on a tour of Cambridge's most iconic sight: King's College.

With the stunning architecture, tradition and influence of the University of Cambridge on our doorstep here at Bell Cambridge we regularly take in tours of the college sites. Students are in awe of the amazing settings, history and atmosphere of each individual college and learn a lot about them and their cultures along the way.

With the festive season upon us, it seemed the perfect time to visit perhaps the most famous and impressive of the colleges, King's College. It’s incredible size and appearance rises imposingly from King’s Parade, the former high street of Cambridge. After a take-away Thai lunch from the local Cambridge market on the low wall of the college, students were well-fuelled to see the sights of this college from behind the scenes.

Kings College at Christmas. Social programme blog post.
Students enjoying their tour of King's College
Kings College at Christmas. Social programme blog post.
King's College

Starting with the breath-taking chapel, students took selfies and more serious artistic photographs of the detailed stone work as they wandered around. Astounded they were so close to the River Cam King's College backs onto, we watched as brave punters continued to glide along even in December (!!!) Between these two spots we saw a whole host of historical buildings, offices and libraries and even an event taking place for Christmas.

The River Cam
The River Cam

Taking care not to step on the pristine grass (as is university tradition), students stared at the calm college as much as they could before going back to the bustle of town. They tested out their new vocabulary as they made their way through the ancient walls of this time warp of a Cambridge college and into the 2016 city centre. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the tour our students had:

  • visited one of the University of Cambridge's most famous and formal colleges
  • listened to the instructions of both Bell and King's College staff in English
  • met and communicated with both Bell and Kings College staff and Bell students in English
  • learnt new architecture and academic vocabulary and techniques in a new and challenging public environment.
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