Wadham College, Oxford

Wadham, founded 1610 is in the heart of Oxford's dreaming spires. Offering B&B in historic buildings, set in tranquil gardens and quads.

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Front Quad


  • 17th century buildings
  • No parking onsite
  • Historic Property


  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Squash court
  • Linen included
  • Towels included

Nearby recreations

  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Golf course (a short drive)
  • Tennis courts (a short drive)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

Set in tranquil gardens Wadham is an attractive College in the heart of Oxford.  A peaceful location and yet within easy reach of all the amenities of the city centre.

Dating from 1610, the College can offer accommodation on traditional staircases around the garden quads, as well as more modern student accommodation.

Single or twin ensuite and standard rooms are offered, all rooms include free wifi, hospitality tray, toiletries and towels.

Restaurants, concert venues, pubs, cinemas, museums are all close by. Train and bus stations are also within easy reach.

Access for those with mobility problems is restricted due to the age of the buildings. 

Guests must be over 18.

Please note: Stag & Hen parties are not permitted.

History to the present day

Wadham College was founded by Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham during the reign of King James I. Nicholas died in 1609 leaving his fortune to endow a College at Oxford. These intentions were translated into reality by his widow, Dorothy, a formidable lady of 75 who had the College ready for opening within four years.

Jacobean in style, the buildings around the Front Quad, including the Chapel and Hall, were designed by master mason William Arnold.  Notable is the clock face, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

Statues of James I and the Founders face visitors as they enter the College.

Notable members of the College include John Wilkins, co-founder of the Royal Society, Robert Blake, Cecil Day Lewis,  Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Melvyn Bragg, broadcaster and novelist, and actress Rosamund Pike.

Food and Drinks

The Hall, one of the largest in Oxford is notable for its great hammer-beam roof and for the Jacobean woodwork screen.  Portraits include those of the founders and of distinguished College members.

A full English buffet breakfast is included in the price of the room and is served in the magnificent 17th century Hall from 8.00am  – 9.15am (unless otherwise stated on the room type title booked, please note that some rooms are offered as Room only).

Grounds and gardens

A stay at Wadham gives you the opportunity to relax and stroll in beautiful tranquil gardens. 

Originally a series of orchards and market gardens they have been restored and reshaped over the centuries.

As well as tranquil areas of lawn and vibrant borders Wadham’s gardens are notable for their collection of trees. Specimens include a silver pendent lime, tulip tree, golden yew, purple beech, cedar of Lebanon, gingko, giant redwood, tree of heaven, incense cedar, Corsican pine, magnolia and a rare Chinese gutta-percha.

Each summer the garden hosts open air performances of a Shakespeare play.

Other facilities

All of the bedrooms have Wifi access.

A laundry is available with washing machines, dryers, and ironing facilities. 

This is an environmentaly friendly college. During your stay towels will be changed every 2-3 days.  More frequent changes are available on request.

Wadham also boasts the oldest (1748) custom-built concert hall in Europe known as Holywell Music Room. It may be possible for you to attend a concert in this famous music hall during your stay.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PN, United Kingdom

Check-in: From 2.00pm. Check-out: By 10.00am.

On arrival, please report to the Lodge where the staff will be happy to assist you. Luggage storage is available for guests arriving before the check-in time.

Wadham College is only a 10 minute walk from the train or coach station and situated in the heart of the city centre.

A taxi from the station may cost between £5-£10

There is no parking on site. Those driving to Oxford are advised to use the Park & Ride facilities.

College Liabilities
It is understood that the College is unable to accept liability for injury to visitors to the College and/ or damage to their property unless this is proved to have been caused by the negligence of the College or its employees. Individuals undertake to indemnify the College against all proceedings, costs, claims and expenses on account of damage to persons or property caused by the negligence of the individual, his employees or any other person connected with the visitor. It is recommended by the College that visitors take out their own insurance. Should any information supplied conflict with information contained on the reservation form, the College will endeavour to meet the revised requirements but shall not be under any obligation to do so. It is understood that the College will not be liable for non-performance of any obligation under this booking if the circumstances are beyond its control.

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

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Customer reviews

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Helpful and friendly Wadham staff, lovely breakfast experience, and a quiet and clean college. Excellent all round.
Dr Simon H

We came back a second time because it is so good and is better than other colleges we have visited. Replacement of the the tea and coffee pots with flasks at breakfast detracts a little from what is a marvellous and welcoming breakfast experience. Please bring the individual pots back as befits Wadham. All the staff are professional and smart. Give the Roger Penrose rhombus pattern patio at the front of the JCR bar much greater prominence like they have at the new Maths institute building. Great experience. Thank you. Robert and Linda
Mr Robert S

Very good experience. Excellent central location. Room bigger than standard hotel room with all facilities except a TV. Good breakfast in the Great Hall.
Mr David G

Another enjoyable stay at Wadham College. Comfortable bed and excellent breakfast in historic hall.
Mr Geoffrey P

Fantastic experience at Wadham, lovely place to stay and great location. Highly recommended by myself and my two children.
Mrs Fiona M

It was excellent experience to live in the college of Oxford and knowing that here were living many great people. Everything here is just great!
Mr Arman T

Excellent. Second visit and I intend to come back in the future. Would recommend to friends.
Dr Douglas M

We had a most enjoyable stay and comfortable night's rest
Mr Joseph G

Comfortable accommodation, in central Oxford, friendly and helpful college staff at all times - better than a hotel for the same price!
Ms Helen J

This was a very pleasant stay. Thank-you Wadham
Mr John P

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