Visiting Wadham

Whether you are thinking of applying here, wishing to attend a service in Chapel or would like to take a tour of our stunning gardens, visitors are welcome. 

However, following Government advice to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), Wadham College is currently closed to tourists.

Front Quad
Visiting Wadham

Visiting Wadham

Open Days

students leading a tour

Our regular open days for prospective students are held in conjunction with the University of Oxford.
Visit our virtual open day.

Upcoming events

OSC in Wadham's gardens

From public events such as Shakespeare in the gardens, musical performances at the Holywell Music Room and the Wadham Human Rights Forum, to alumni and student events, there is always something happening at Wadham. More

Visitors and tours

Fellows' Garden

Check out our opening times below and stroll in Wadham's Front Quad, Chapel and Fellows' Garden. Please call at the Lodge as you enter College to pick up a visitor guide.

About Wadham

About Wadham

History and archives

Our history and archives

Founded in 1610 in the reign of King James I by Somerset landowners, Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham, the College is now one of the largest in Oxford with about 450 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. More

Wadham's gardens

Wadham's gardens

From the fomality of the Front Quad, step through into the Fellows garden with its mature trees and interestingly planted borders. More



Our chapel

Wadham College Chapel is open all day and welcomes all members of College as well as families and friends. More

Well-known Wadhamites

Rosamund Pike

Actress Rosamund Pike, broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and politician Michael Foot are among Wadham's well-known alumni. More


Wadham Library

Wadham Library is open to members of Wadham College 24 hours a day throughout the year, closing only for a few days at Christmas. Our library staff can arrange sessions for researchers wishing to consult our rare book collection. Please email, or contact the library by phone on 01865 277914. More

The Warden

Ken Macdonald QC

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven became Warden of Wadham College in 2012. As head of College, Ken is responsible for overseeing Wadham’s administration and development. He is a founder member of Matrix Chambers and was Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales 2003 - 2008. More

Staying and entertaining

Staying and entertaining

Bed and breakfast

Bed and breakfast

If you’re visiting Oxford during University holidays, where better to B&B than Wadham? All can take advantage of fantastic value, and a great atmosphere, as guests of the College. More

Venue hire

Venue hire

From residential conferences and summer schools to drinks receptions and private dinners, Wadham is the perfect venue for events of all types. More

Our facilities

Wadham conference facilities

Get an overview of Wadham's conference facilities from this short video.



Buildings within Wadham College vary in degrees of accessibility to people with physical disabilities.  Some of our buildings date as far back as the seventeenth century and are not presently fully accessible.  However, we will do as much as we can to make reasonable physical adjustments or arrangements to make the College as accessible as possible. 

The extent to which we are presently able to make College fully accessible, depends upon individual requirements, but we do have experience of many students and staff with disabilities living and working within the College.  Please do contact us for more information and to discuss your requirements.

COVID-19: Safety Guidance for Visitors

Wadham College is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all College members and visitors. 

Read our visitor guidance

Opening times - prospective students

Prospective students are usually welcome to visit Wadham at any time. During the pandemic prospective students can contact to arrange a visit. Please let the porters at the Lodge know the purpose of your visit and, if you have any questions, they will call the Academic Office on your behalf. (You may be asked to return at another time if the College is hosting a restricted event). Find out more about our regular open days.

Open Days

Opening times - visitors and tours

Visitors are welcome to Wadham College during opening times. In term time the College is open to visitors from 13.00 to 16.15. Out of term we are open from 10.30 to 11.45 then 13.00 to 16.15.

Visitors at Wadham

Visitors are welcome to stroll in the Front Quad and Fellows' Garden and to visit the Chapel. Entrance to the Back Quad is restricted to students, prospective students, staff and College guests.

Getting here

Located in the historic heart of Oxford, Wadham College is a 15 minute walk from Oxford Railway Station, and ten minutes from Gloucester Green Bus station. If you are coming by car, please use city Park and Ride facilities as parking is notoriously difficult in the city centre. City parking information can be found here. Find details of bus, train and road routes here. For maps of the city, colleges and departments, please see Oxford University’s online maps.

Virtual tour

bird's eye view of College site

Contact us:
Wadham College
Parks Road
Contact Wadham Lodge:
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 277900

Friendly Lodge porters

Visitors, please call in at the Lodge as you enter Wadham College