Kings, bishops, and Nobel Prize laureates all number among Magdalen College’s alumni and contribute to its reputation. One of Oxford’s most prestigious colleges, Magdalen is also wonderfully scenic. It stands adjacent to the placid River Cherwell, and its grounds include a deer park, meadow, and other green spaces. Its architecture is equally striking: the college encompasses five separate quad areas, including a Grand Quad, as well as a chapel.
As one of Oxford’s most prominent colleges, Magdalen is a highlight on walking and bike tours of the city, including literary-themed itineraries. It’s also easy to visit independently, and the college offers guided tours periodically in summer.