Bed and breakfast accommodation in the unique historic surroundings of a traditional college dating from 1596, in the centre of Cambridge.
Sidney Sussex College is pleased to offer clean, simple accommodation in the unique historic surroundings of a traditional college in the heart of Cambridge.
Bedrooms can be chosen within the grounds of the college in either Blundell Court, Garden Court, Cloister Court or Sussex House. There are also bedrooms located outside of the College about 5 minutes walk away, in Sidney House and Cromwell Court.
Most bedrooms have a wash hand basin and you will be provided with towels and soap. Bathrooms are shared between 4-5 bedrooms unless you are in an ensuite room. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, internet access and are serviced daily by the Housekeeping staff.
Please note that a project to build new kitchens will start in the Master's garden in October 2018. This will affect the views from some bedrooms and may also result in noise and disturbance on the main College site during daytime working hours.
History to the present day
Founded in 1596 Sidney Sussex is a very well-kept secret - whether it is Elizabethan brickwork, charming Cloister Court, the haunting Chapel, exquisite Rococo Hall, medieval cellars or beautiful ancient gardens - they all lie behind a rather self-effacing wall of Roman cement. Sidney's history is an even better-kept secret including the precise point at which Oliver Cromwell's head is buried.
As one of the smaller Colleges, Sidney Sussex has a strong community spirit and is known for its warm and friendly welcome to visitors.
Food and Drinks
All rates include a "Porter's'' breakfast (a generous serving of a full English breakfast) prepared by the College’s award-winning chefs served in the magnificent Dining Hall.
Breakfast is served from 7.30 - 9.30am each day with the exception of Sunday when it is served from 8.00 - 10.00am.
Group dinners may be arranged in advance (please make your request in the Additional Information section of the booking form).
The College student bar is not open out of term, however, due to our city centre location there are numerous pubs located only a short distance away from the College.
Grounds and gardens
Sidney Sussex has two outstanding courtyards surrounded by Grade I listed buildings dating from 1596. The small and friendly atmosphere of the College can be sampled in the Fellows' Garden and Cloister Court where guests can sit and enjoy the peace and quiet in magnificent surroundings.
Internet access is available in all bedrooms; in most areas wireless access is possible. Personal log in details will be provided on check in.
There is a single squash court in the College grounds, available free of charge. Please note that this facility may not always be available. Bookings should be made on arrival at the Porters' Lodge, although you will need your own equipment.
The College is unable to offer parking on site, however, there are several car parks located closeby. A Park and Ride scheme
is also available which allows car parking for up to 72 hours.
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Free broadband access (wifi)
Food and Drinks
Continental breakfast (included)
Cooked breakfast (included)
Museums (walking distance)
Tennis courts (walking distance)
Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
Theatre (walking distance)
Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
Address: Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3HU, United Kingdom
Check In: 13:00 (1:00pm) - 23:00 (11:00pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)
Check Out: 06:30 (6:30am) - 10:00 (10:00am)
Rooms are available to check in from 1:00pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, guests are required to vacate bedrooms and return keys to the Porters' Lodge by 10:00am to enable the rooms to be serviced for incoming guests.
Guests should check-in at the Porters' Lodge at the front of the College (opposite Sainsbury's on Sidney Street).
The Porters' Lodge is open for check-in and check-out between 06.00am and 11.00pm. Outside these times, a night porter is on site to deal with emergencies only.
The main gate by the Porters' Lodge is closed at 10pm. Room keys also unlock the wicket gate (the small door within the main entrance gate).
Please note that, despite their title, College Porters do not carry guests' bags.
The College is unable to offer parking on site, however, Park Street Car Park is available a short distance from the College.
The railway station is approximately 25 minutes walk from the College. Bus and taxi services are available outside the Station entrance.