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


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.


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


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Minimum age 18


Based on 2119 Reviews
Service 4.6
Rooms 4.4
Website 4.4
Value 4.4
Overall Experience 4.6

Great location, very friendly and helpful staff, excellent breakfast, and beautiful gardens. If we return to Oxford, we would definitely stay at Wadham again.
Mr James S

This stay at Wadham College was one of the highlights of the trip to England. I wish we could have stayed a week in the dorm and thoroughly explored Oxford.
Ms Marianne R

Loved the experience
Mrs Sandy T

The rooms I booked were everything I could have wished for, as was the overall experience. The rooms were clean, smart, well-appointed and with every facility we required. The service we were given by all the staff we met was exemplary, and the breakfast probably the best we received anywhere in our month long tour of England. We left feeling well rested, well fed, and generally in a very genial mood. Well done, Wadham!
Mr George E

The butler of the college was a kind and genial host, eager to share the college's history when I asked questions and wanted to learn more about the place. I really can't speak highly enough about my experience at the college: people were generous with their time, the room was comfortable (if a bit plain), the gardens and chapel were lovely, and breakfast was delicious. The next time I return to Oxford, I will book my room at Wadham.
Ms Valerie R

Absolutely loved our time at Wadham. Staff were very helpful, room was very clean and comfortable, and the food excellent. It's also so well situated for exploring the centre of Oxford, Spending time in the historic college and its lovely grounds was a real treat.
Mrs Valerie S

very friendly and helpful staff
Dr Samantha W

It was a wonderful experience to stay in the College and people couldn't have been more helpful.
Mr Terence S

Very friendly staff providing breakfast in Hall!
Dr Robin J

Superb all round. Uncommercial, personal, friendly and the best breakfast with professional lovely staff. We have stayed twice now and hope that the unique individual experience doesn't get spoilt by too much publicity!
Mrs lucy W

Travel Info

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.