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College Overview

Trinity was founded by Henry VIII in 1546, when he combined two existing colleges (King’s Hall and Michaelhouse) and seven hostels (Catherine’s, Garratt, Gregory’s, Ovyng’s, Physwick, St Margaret’s, and Tyler’s). Since then Trinity has flourished and grown, and is now a home to around 730 undergraduates, 350 postgraduates, and over 180 Fellows.

College Overview

Trinity was founded by Henry VIII in 1546, when he combined two existing colleges (King’s Hall and Michaelhouse) and seven hostels (Catherine’s, Garratt, Gregory’s, Ovyng’s, Physwick, St Margaret’s, and Tyler’s). Since then Trinity has flourished and grown, and is now a home to around 600 undergraduates, 300 graduates, and over 180 Fellows.

History and Tradition

College History

Trinity College was founded by Henry VIII in 1546, combining Michaelhouse and King’s Hall.

College Clock

The College clock is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Trinity: King Edward’s Gate, otherwise known simply as the clock-tower.

College Gardens

Trinity College gardens extend for 36 acres.

College Paintings

Trinity College has a collection of some 240 pictures in oil, mainly portraits.

Public Lecture Series

Information on the Birkbeck, Clark, Lees Knowles and Tarner Lecture Series.

Grace and Crest

The history of the College Crest and Grace.

College Clock

The College clock is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Trinity: King Edward’s Gate, otherwise known simply as the clock-tower.

College Paintings

Trinity College has a collection of some 240 pictures in oil, mainly portraits. The collection is the product of gifts from Masters, Fellows and Alumni of the College, and of commissions and purchases by the College itself, dating from its foundation in 1546 to the present day.

General Info

Finding Trinity

How to find your way to and around College including downloadable College Maps.

Public Opening Hours

Information on general public access, group visits, alumni visitors and photography rules.

College Network

How to connect to the College network as a College Member or Academic Visitor including network rules and policies.

Trinity College Punting

Trinity maintains a Punt Scheme, which is open both to members of College and to members of the general public.

College Notices

Information on College Policies, Statutes, Data Protection and the Joint Lectureship scheme.

College Publication Scheme

This publication scheme follows the model prepared and approved by the Information Commissioner.

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