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Magdalen College, Oxford

Founded in 1458, Magdalen College offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Oxford.

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Summary

  • 15th century buildings
  • 16th century buildings
  • 17th century buildings
  • 18th century buildings
  • 19th century buildings
  • 20th century buildings
  • 21st century buildings
  • Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • Minimum age 21
  • Room Only (no kitchen facilities)
  • Historic Property

Facilities

  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Squash court
  • Tennis court
  • Woodland walks
  • Luggage storage
  • 24 hour security
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Clothes dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Bicycle storage

Food and Drinks

  • Tea room
  • Cooked breakfast (included)
  • Lunch available (at additional cost)
  • Dinner available (at additional cost)
  • Bar
  • Fridge

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Pub (a short drive)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Recommended restaurants (a short drive)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

The river Cherwell runs through Magdalen's grounds which include over 100 acres of parkland - a beautiful and tranquil area in the heart of the city. Along with the magnificent cloisters, deer park and quads with formal lawns and borders, the claim to be the most beautiful college in Oxford is not without foundation.

The College offers rooms on its main site but also rooms in their Waynflete Building across Magdalen Bridge, with stunning views of the College. In this building the modest rates do not include breakfast. Whichever Magdalen accommodation you choose, you will have free access to the College main grounds.

Whichever Magdalen accommodation you choose to book, you can be sure of a warm welcome at the Porters' Lodge, from one of our student staff or the porters themselves. One of them will show you to your room and answer any queries you may have. We regret that we have no passenger lifts in the accommodation buildings, and are unable to provide parking at the College.

History to the present day

Magdalen College was founded in 1458 by William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, and Lord Chancellor, on the site of the Hospital of St. John, just outside Oxford’s East Gate.

Several additions were made after Waynflete’s death in 1486: in 1492, the foundation stone was laid for a grand new bell tower, 144 feet high. The High Street range, and the gargoyles in the Cloister followed.  In the early 1730s, Edward Holdsworth designed a grand new quadrangle but only the north range, the New Building was never completed.

Food and Drinks

English Breakfast is served in the medieval Hall. Choose from a full selection of cooked items as well as cereals, fresh fruit and continental pastries on display in our Buttery - then take your tray into the panelled Hall to enjoy your breakfast with other guests, students and visitors with the portraits of famous alumni looking down. Please note, our Waynflete Building accommodation is sold on a 'room only' basis which does not include breakfast, for these rooms details of where breakfast may be obtained within 2-3 minutes' walk will be provided on a sheet on check-in.

The Old Kitchen Snack Bar, with riverside terrace, is open for light lunches and afternoon teas. Most evenings the Old Kitchen Bar will be open serving drinks. Wifi, via The Cloud, is available in the Old Kitchen.

Grounds and gardens

Magdalen is set in over 100 acres of grounds and parkland with the River Cherwell flowing through. The Deer Park (with a herd of around 65) has been established for over 300 years. In addition to the formal lawns and borders there are water walks and meadows for all to enjoy. The Fellows' Garden, noted for its Spring flowers, is open throughout the year.

Other facilities

Wifi is available throughout the College. Visitors are welcome to connect to The Cloud, details can be found in residential buildings and the porters have a note on trouble-shooting.

Launderettes are available and a pre-paid card may be obtained from the Porters' Lodge. There are ironing facilities in the launderettes.

Bathrooms are communal unless stated as en-suite.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2.00pm  Check Out: By 10.00am (the Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day)

Directions:

Coaches stop in the High Street, opposite Queen's Lane, four minutes' walk from our Porters' Lodge, which is close to the foot of the Great Tower very near Magdalen Bridge. The Coach Station (Gloucester Green) is about fifteen minutes' walk from the College but London and Airport coaches stop at High Street/Queen's Lane on their way to the central coach station.

The Rail Station is twenty minutes' walk away from Magdalen. Buses run from the rail station and stop at Queen's Lane in the High Street. Oxford Parkway Station is served from London Marylebone and is a 10 minute or so taxi ride from the College.

Those travelling by car are advised to use Thornhill Park and Ride on the A40 east of Oxford. Park & Ride Buses into the centre stop opposite Queen’s Lane in the High Street..

Cancellation Terms

Cancellation fee as percentage of booking value depending on when the booking is cancelled.
More than 14 days notice: 5 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 50 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 75 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Trying to cancel for same night (or if they don't show up): 100 % of booking value for night in question

More photos of Magdalen College, Oxford

Grove en-suite room Aerial view of Magdalen Magdalen from the Waynflete Building Standard room inside walls Grove en-suite bathroom

Customer reviews

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A very clean and tidy room. Basic facilities but everything I needed. Walking distance to central Oxford. It reminded me of my college room over 25 years ago! :)
Mr David B

Breakfast not included. All good and excellent value for money. Thank you.
Dr Joanna S

Really enjoyed our stay, enabled us to be independent and discover Oxford and the colleges. Easy to book. Would go again.
Miss Pauline F

Porters were wonderful, helpful. Breakfast was excellent. Loved the cafe on the river, Evensong in the chapel. The most beautiful college to stay in. Would definitely stay there again and will recommend to others.
Ms Frances H

Porters and staff very friendly and helpful. The deer park walk excellent and a joy in the midst of busy Oxford. My standard room was adequate and what I expected , the shower and loo clean and functional - bit cosy for larger ladies! Altogether a truly college experience with lovely highlights. The building just awesome.
Mrs Anne C

I really enjoy the accomodation at Magdalen College. It was very calm and silent, with a beautiful view on the river.
Mrs Laura A

We enjoyed the visit , a great experiance
Mrs carolyn H

Lovely stay but tv would be a good addition
Mr Gordon C

A wonderful experience. The porters were so helpful and everyone we met on site was could not have been more accomodating. The college is just stunning and well remembered 30 years or more on.
Mrs susan R

It was a great stay for us. We reallly appreciated the service and were amazed by the spirit of the college as well as the vicinity.
Dr Roman G

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