Pembroke College, Oxford

A friendly College with beautiful gardens and architecture dating from the 15th century, conveniently located in the centre of Oxford.

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View of Chapel Quad from Hall roof


  • 15th century buildings
  • 17th century buildings
  • 18th century buildings
  • 19th century buildings
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • Minimum age 18
  • Historic Property


  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Luggage storage
  • 24 hour security
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Clothes dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating

Nearby recreations

  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Gardens
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

Located in the centre of Oxford, Pembroke College provides a tranquil setting surrounded by attractive architecture and gardens. Within easy reach of restaurants and pubs, cinemas and theatres, the college is a short walk from the Ashmolean Museum and Bodleian Library and Christ Church Meadows is just across the road.

The college is now able to offer visitors accommodation (both ensuite and shared toilet/shower) in its student bedrooms during vacations. Rooms are grouped together in traditional staircases and are provided with linen, towels and toiletries. 

Unfortunately stag or hen parties cannot be accommodated. All rooms are non smoking. Wifi access is available in all areas.

Breakfast, drinks, snacks & more are available to purchase in our excellent on-site Cafe Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm.

History to the present day

Founded in 1624, Pembroke College was granted its charter by King James I of England and VI of Scotland and took its name from the Chancellor of the University at that time, William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke. The Chapel, now known as the Damon Wells Chapel, was built in 1732 in a classical style and the Hall, which dates back to 1848 has a small cupola and a roof built to the medieval hammer beam design.  The college was a predominantly male domain until 1979 when female undergraduates were admitted.

Famous alumni include Samuel Johnson who came to Pembroke in 1728, leaving just a year later when he ran out of money. He never did finish his degree but Oxford University awarded him with an honorary one much later in life. 

Perhaps the most well-known Pembroke Fellow of the last century is J.R.R. Tolkien who was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor in Anglo-Saxon from 1926-1945. Sir Roger Bannister, a noted neurologist but perhaps better known for running the first sub-four minute mile at Iffley Road track on 6 May 1954, was Master of the college from 1985-1993.

Food and Drinks

Individual private bookings are room only, breakfast is not included. 

Group conference reservations include breakfast in Hall as arranged by the conference. 

Farthings Cafe - Pembroke has it's own on-site Cafe open Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm, accepting cash and card. 


Grounds and gardens

Pembroke College is based around three main quadrangles: Old Quad (dating from 1600s), Chapel Quad (containing the Chapel and Hall, completed in 1848) and North Quad (opened in 1962). Guests are welcome to visit the Chapel when not in use.

Other facilities

WiFi is available througout College:

A free personalised user account is provided for Conference guests.

The Cloud - a public WiFi network - is available for individual private guests. If you are not already a member, the first 4 hours are free. 

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Pembroke College, Pembroke Square, Oxford, OX1 1DW, United Kingdom

Check in: From 2.00pm Check out: By 9.00am

All guests are requested to report to the Porters' Lodge on arrival (located at the main entrance to the college) where you will be given a key and directed to your room(s). Guests arriving at the weekend or after 7.00pm can access the college by ringing the doorbell and the duty porter will let them in. The Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day.

Gloucester Green Coach and Bus Station is only a 10 minute walk and Oxford Railway Station is approximately 20 minutes walk away. There are also taxis and local buses available at both locations. 

Cancellation Terms

Cancellation fee as percentage of booking value depending on when the booking is cancelled.
More than 14 days notice: 0 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 25 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 50 % 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 Pembroke College, Oxford

View through to Chapel Quad The College Crest Old Quad Chapel Quad gardens

Customer reviews

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Excellent service, especially from Nuala in the booking dept at the college. She was super helpful and booking for a large party, with a variety of requests very straightforward.
Mrs Kimberley R

very friendly and helpful staff, simple facilities, but everything needed existed
Mrs Caroline K

As advertised it was basic but comfortable ensuite accommodation. There was a marvellous view of the picturesque Chapel Quad from the first floor window. It is disappointing that the offer did not include breakfast in the Hall, apparently because there was a large group being accommodated at the time I stayed. However there are plenty of places nearby to buy breakfast. The staff were very courteous and helpful.
Mr Anthony R

It was a good experience over all. I loved the well maintained lash green fields in the vicinity. Hope to come back soon.
Dr sarah U

Awesome room with lovely views over the lawn. It's much nicer to have a traditional room like this than to have a more modern room in an annex. Plus, this one has en-suite facilities, so even better.
Ms Terri E

Staff were very friendly and helpful
Mrs Eleri C

Excellent all on round, from beginning to end. Special treat to stsy in such a beautiful college
Dr Kate G

Lovely modern (if small) room overlooking the quads in beautiful Oxford College, with excellent breakfast in Hall. Very helpful staff/ porters. Quite expensive(£90/night) compared to Travelodge (£30/night), but the College ambience and central position worth paying for
Dr Ronald B

We stayed in the old part. The room was furnished with 2 beds, desk, commode, chairs and had private toilet and shower facilities, but apart from towel and soap no extras. (except free wifi). It looked "like an empty student apartment ready to be hired", which it is of course, but it is overpriced compared with a normal hotel room. The whole experience of living like a student in a famous college however compensated for that.
Dr Jaap K

I found everything fine. The porters were very helpful.
Prof keith P

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