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General Information

New College welcomes visitors throughout the year. As a busy and lively working academic community we like to ensure that you will enjoy your visit, whether it is as a potential student here, an alumnus, an academic visitor, or a tourist.

The college is normally open daily, although opening hours may vary due to private events. 

The principal areas of New College that are normally open are the dining Hall, chapel, cloisters and gardens (including the impressive 12th century city wall). 


Winter opening hours (until 12th March 2023):

Please note that entry is via New College Lane and not the Holywell Street entrance.

1.30-4.30 pm, Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) - please note that last entry is 4.00 pm.

We kindly ask all guests to vacate the premises by 4.30 p.m.

Christmas closure: 22nd December-3rd January inclusive. We reopen on 4th January at 1.30 pm.


Summer opening hours (from 13th March 2023):

Please note that entry is via New College Lane and not the Holywell Street entrance.

10.30 am-5.00 pm (7 days a week) - please note that last entry is 4.30 pm.

We kindly ask all guests to vacate the premises by 5.00 p.m.

For all tourism enquiries please email: or call: 01865 271233 (Monday-Friday 8.30 am-4.30 pm)


Please check our Planned closures page before your visit.


Admission Charges

Adults: £8

Concessions (seniors, under 16s and full time students): £7

Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 7 or over): £25 


Free admission is available to:

  • Children under 7 years of age
  • Oxford City residents
  • New College old members and their families
  • Prospective students and their families 
  • Bodleian card holders and Oxford alumni (along with two guests). Please show your card on arrival.

Payment will be by card only. No cash, vouchers, or cheques accepted. 


Printed Information

Leaflets with a suggested walking route in several languages are provided free of charge with admission. 



We welcome groups subject to a maximum of 20 people; larger groups may split (and will require a guide/leader in each group).

We welcome large groups, not exceeding 80, with a maximum of 100 persons on site at any one time.

We are unable to accept payment by cheque or voucher - card only.

Please note groups of under 21 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible person throughout their visit.

Pre-booking is essential if your group is 20 or more. You can do this by emailing:   



Please be aware that New College is a place of study all year round. You are asked not to enter staircases, college rooms and areas marked as private. The dining hall may be closed over lunchtime (usually between 11.45 am-2 pm, but timings may vary according to our catering commitments). 

The Chapel will close weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 12-1 pm until 10th December 2022. 

  • Dogs, except guide dogs, are not allowed in the college
  • Please do not walk on the grass or picnic in the grounds
  • CCTV is in use throughout the grounds
  • Supervised children are very welcome
  • We regret we are unable to provide parking
  • Drones may not be used anywhere in the college grounds
  • Smoking is not permitted inside any of the buildings, or elsewhere in the grounds
  • Please be aware that our grounds have uneven surfaces 

The Cloisters, Hall, Chapel and Gardens are fully accessible (access to the hall is via a lift). 

Stay at New College

New College offers a variety of accommodation options across three unique sites, with rooms ranging from premium ensuite to standard budget.  To book, please visit our booking page.