The UK is home to some of the most beautiful university campuses in the world – classical buildings, often dating back hundreds of years, and neatly manicured lawns, as well as the cities and towns they’re located in. Many UK universities have been used as filming locations due to their scenic campuses and impressive buildings.
We thought we would look at the 5 most scenic campuses in the UK and what makes them so beautiful.
Royal Holloway, University of London
Often regarded as the most beautiful university in the world, Royal Holloway is a university situated between Windsor, seat of the Royal family, and Heathrow. Whilst it’s still considered a London university, it’s scenic campus and stately buildings are a million miles away from the skyscrapers of the capital. The original Founder’s Building was modelled on the Chateau de Chambord in France’s Loire Valley and the campus is one of the greenest in the country, boasting 130 acres of parkland.
The University of Oxford
It’s not surprising that the second oldest university in the world (after the University of Bologna) has made this list. Teaching began at Oxford around the late 11th century and so the collections of buildings that have been erected over the centuries, means that the Oxford campuses are considered some of the most beautiful and iconic university campuses in the world. The series of colleges, each with their own architectural style and history, feature quaint lawns and parks, although you still can’t walk on the college greens.
It’s not often that you find a university which has its own estate and stately home, but that is exactly what you will find at Keele University. The 625-acre site, boasts everything you would expect from a National Trust garden, lakes, woodland walks, parkland, far-stretching lawns, except it’s actually a university campus. The size of the campus means that everything is included on site – accommodation, teaching spaces, healthcare, and sports facilities. It’s a tiny town, inside a beautifully scenic park.
University of Edinburgh
Whilst you wouldn’t necessarily call a city university “scenic”, the University of Edinburgh is different in that it is a beautiful campus, in the heart of the city of Edinburgh, which in itself is a remarkably green and scenic city. The dormant volcano of Arthur’s Seat affords beautiful views of the university campus and the city in general, and the courtyards and lawns of the 18th century campus give a historic charm.
Which other university could you watch for dolphins whilst you’re studying? Well at Aberystwyth University that can actually happen. Their main Old College building is right on the seafront of the coastal town and many of its windows have long sweeping sea views. The campus incorporates the town which sits between Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains and has been called the cultural capital of Wales. For outdoor and nature lovers, it’s certainly one of the most scenic universities in the UK.