St John's College Oxford
Members of the public are welcome to visit St John's College to see Front Quad, Canterbury Quad, the Chapel and Kendrew Quad.
Front Quad Banner Image

Contact details
St John's College
St Giles
Oxford OX1 3JP
United Kingdom

Tel (Lodge) 01865 277300

For information about Open Days and school visits, please use the links below.

Opening times
Front Quad, Canterbury Quad, the Chapel and Kendrew Quad are open to the public 1-5pm daily, or until dusk in winter. Entry is through the main Lodge on St Giles, or (for the Kendrew Quad) through the Kendrew Lodge 200 metres to the north. Please note that tour groups of more than 14 must make prior arrangements with the College Lodge: +44 01865 277300.

The College is closed to visitors on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Very occasionally, parts of College are closed off because of events or for safety reasons.

You can see a virtual tour of some key College buildings here.

St John’s College aims to provide a good degree of accessibility for visitors.  The main entrance is via the Porters’ Lodge on St Giles.  This entrance is not currently wheelchair accessible, but a bell push is available to summon assistance from the porters.  The Front Quad, Canterbury Quad, the Chapel and the Kendrew Quad have level thresholds, all making for easy access.

Maps and a wheelchair for loan are available for visitors from the Lodge.

Further information about accessibility of facilities at St John’s can be found here.

Members of the public are welcome to the Gardens from 1pm to 5pm daily, or until dusk in the winter.

Holders of an Oxford Alumni Card may visit College free of charge with up to three guests, at any time during daylight hours. Please present your Alumni Card to the lodge porter on arrival.

Oxford Open Doors
In September the College takes part in Oxford Open Doors, a weekend of events organised by the Oxford Preservation Trust in partnership with the University. More than 200 venues across the city open their doors to visitors.

Bagley Wood
Bagley Wood in Kennington is owned by the College. The wood is open to permissive public access on maintained (‘Stone’ or ‘mown’) routes, via gated entrances only.

St Giles

Maps and directions

Oxford is about 60 miles from London. It is easy to get to by car, coach or train from all directions.

St John's College is in the heart of Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from the train station and 5 minutes' walk from the coach station. The main entrance is on the east side of St Giles in the city centre. 

How to get to Oxford
Google map
University of Oxford Map
College plan
Virtual tour

Parking and transport

Oxford is an historic, pedestrian-friendly city which is best explored on foot. Parking is extremely limited in the city centre. A limited amount of short-stay, Pay and Display parking is available on St Giles, but visitors are encouraged to use our excellent Park and Ride bus facilities on the outskirts of the city. 

Oxford Park and Ride
Oxford Tube coach from London
X90 coach from London
The Trainline for booking trains
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