Opening times & accessibility
Since summer 2023, we have been piloting a self-guided tour and free public admission to our gardens and grounds. Following a review of the pilot, the College has decided to pause free public admission. The following arrangements will be in place until further notice:
Prospective applicants, Old Members, University of Oxford card-holders and OX1 & OX2 residents
Visitors from the above groups are welcome to visit free of charge between the hours of 12:30pm and 4pm (or until 5pm in BST) seven days a week. There is no need to pre-book, though group sizes are limited to six people. Visitors are only able to bring assistance dogs into the College.
Old Members visiting College are welcome to visit and should ask for the Development Office at the Lodge during working hours – if someone from the team is available, they'd love to catch up with you.
Please note that we may have to close at short-notice due to College business so please do check before you travel.
Tourists are only able to visit Worcester on an official tour led by a member of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides.
Worcester College is located in the centre of Oxford on the junction of Beaumont Street, Walton Street and Worcester Street. The college is just across the road from the main bus and coach station, and is a 10 minute walk from the railway station and main shopping areas. A map of Worcester College can be downloaded from the link on the right.
The College is located on a multi-level site. The main entrance into the College and to the Porters' Lodge have flat access, from where you can access the Dining Hall and Chapel via ramp or stairs. There is a platform lift in the Cloisters to provide access from the entrance level to the south side of the site, and the Porters can provide assistance with its use. There is another lift in Staircase 6 providing access to the North side of the site. Accessible toilet facilities for visitors can be found in the Pump Quad, Nash Quad, and at the base of Staircase 6.
From the Porters' Lodge there are staircase entrances with +2 stairs and some ground floor rooms off these staircases are +1 stairs. Ground floor rooms in the medieval cottages are accessed by -1 stair. There is no lift provision to other floors of the oldest parts of the College, and currently the libraries, computer rooms, bar and JCR are up or down a steep flight of stairs.