Opening times & accessibility
We're pleased to welcome prospective applicants, Oxford University members, Old Members and local residents to visit Worcester College. Following a period of closure due to the pandemic and a revision of health and safety guidance, we are currently considering how we can safely open to a wider public audience in the near future.
On arrival, visitors should report to the Porters’ Lodge at the main entrance to the College. Group sizes for all visitors are limited to six people and the group leader will be asked to sign-in at the Porters' Lodge. Unfortunately, visitors are not able to bring dogs into the College.
Please note that we may have to close at short-notice due to College business so please do check before you travel. We will shortly have a list of known closure dates available on this page of the website.
Prospective students, University members, Worcester Old Members & Oxford University alumni
You are welcome to visit Worcester free of charge between the hours of 9am - 5pm, seven days a week. Pre-booking is not required, though in order to confirm that the college is open and there is sufficient capacity, you may pre-book via the Porters' Lodge in person, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 01865 278300. Old Members and alumni are reminded to bring a form of identification and their Oxford University Alumni Card/proof of their affiliation with Worcester College.
Prospective students may also pre-book a visit by contacting the Admissions Office on email@example.com. Copies of our undergraduate prospectus can be obtained from the Porters' Lodge, or downloaded from our Applying section.
Local residents living in OX1 and OX2
Worcester has long welcomed local residents to enjoy our gardens and grounds. Neighbours living in OX1 and OX2 postcodes are welcome to visit Worcester free of charge between the hours of 2pm - 4pm, seven days a week. All visits should be pre-booked 24 hours in advance via the Porters' Lodge in person, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 01865 278300. Local residents are reminded to bring a form of identification and proof of address (e.g. driving license or recent utility bill from within the last three months).
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.
A map of Oxford showing the location of the Oxford Colleges is available on the University website, where you can also find information about how to get to Oxford.
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 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.
Assistance and/or advice for visitors with disabilities can be sought from the Porters' Lodge. Visitors may also be interested in visiting Worcester College's page in the College Access Guide.