University of Cambridge
King's College, Cambridge ©
The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest in the world and is made up of 31 colleges, each an independent institution with its own property and income. The oldest college, Peterhouse, was founded in 1281 by the Bishops of Ely. Both Charles Darwin and John Milton were students at Christ's College, founded by the mother of Henry VII in 1505. The largest and perhaps most famous college is Trinity College, which was founded by Henry VIII. The college's masterpiece is Christopher Wren's magnificent library, where the likes of Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Byron, Tennyson and William Thackeray studied. There are also many museums around the university, but most visitors come here to walk around the wonderful buildings, take in the history and admire the wonderful architecture.