Visitor information

There is an entry fee of £3.00 per person which includes a brochure containing a map of the College. Entry is free for Merton alumni and members of the University of Oxford (with up to 3 guests), and for accompanied children (under 16). Assistance dogs are welcome.

Please note that The Hall and residential areas are normally closed to visitors.

To make arrangements for more than 8 people, please email Caroline King at least 7 days in advance. Escorted and large groups in particular must be sure to schedule visits ahead of time. Large groups will be split into groups of no more than 15 to tour the College; no more than three groups of this size will be allowed in College at any one time.

Note: For information about Open Days and school visits, please see our Visiting Merton section which is designed for prospective applicants.

Prospective graduate applicants are welcome to visit the College - contact the Graduate Officer for further information.

Visiting Hours

  • Monday to Friday 2pm - 5pm (or dusk if earlier) - last entry 4:30pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm (or dusk if earlier) - last entry 4:30pm.
  • The College will be closed to visitors on the following dates:
    • Wednesday 21 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017 inclusive
    • Tuesday 11 April to Monday 17 April 2017 inclusive
  • The College reserves the right to close at short notice if necessary. Visitors are advised to contact us in advance for up-to-date information relating to tours on specific dates.

​Summer Tours

From July to September, historical tours of the College and Old Library take place, starting at 2:00 and 3:00pm daily (except for those days when the College is closed to visitors). Spaces are limited, so those wishing to come on the tour are advised to book with the Tour Coordinator (up to 24 hours in advance) or with the College Lodge on the day. Any remaining spaces will be made available on the door. There is a modest charge of £5.00 (£3.00 for University members) for the tour, which lasts for approximately 50 minutes. The charge includes regular admission to the College site.

Travel Information

Merton is located in central Oxford on Merton Street, which is just off the High Street. Oxford is less than sixty miles from London off the M40, with excellent transport links via train and coach. Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted are also served regularly by train and/or coach.

Please note: if you are attending an event at the TS Eliot Theatre, you should use the Rose Lane entrance; the postcode to use for satnav purposes is OX1 4DT.

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The Oxford Tube and X90 services from London stop on the High Street opposite Queen's Lane, which is only two to three minutes' walk from the College. Here is a Google map showing Merton College in relation to the city centre and the train station.

Oxford is an ancient, pedestrian-friendly city, with many one-way streets and limited parking. If you're travelling to Merton by car, it is best to enter the High Street from the east, turning left into Merton Street at the Eastgate Hotel. Alternatively, there are five Park and Ride services in Oxford which all serve the city centre.


Virtual Tour

See Merton in 360 degrees in this interactive Virtual Tour. It's the next best thing to strolling through College in person.

War Memorial

There is a folder of information on many of the Mertonians commemorated on the College War Memorial - visitors can borrow this at the Lodge.

Flying of Flags and Ringing of Bells

A flag will be flown from the pole atop the Lodge, and bells will be rung, on the following dates during 2016:

Date Occasion Flag and Bells
16 January   Quarter Peal rung from 18:00 to 19:30
6 February Anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Accession Union Flag
Bells rung at 13:00
9 February Shrove Tuesday Merton Flag
Bells rung at 19:25
16-17 April Gaudy Weekend Merton Flag
Bells rung on Saturday at 19:25
21 April Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II Union Flag
23 April St George's Day Flag of St George
Bells rung at 19:00
25-28 May Eights Week Merton Flag
2 June Anniversary of the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II Union Flag
10 June Birthday of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Union Flag
11 June Ceremonial Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II Union Flag
Bells rung at 19:00
22 June Encaenia Merton Flag
25-26 June Merton Society Weekend Merton Flag
Bells rung on Saturday at 19:25
14 September Anniversary of the Foundation of Merton College Merton Flag
Bells rung at 13:00
24-25 September Gaudy Weekend Merton Flag
Bells rung on Saturday at 19:25
23 October Commemoration of Benefactors Merton Flag
Bells rung at 19:25
13 November Remembrance Sunday Union Flag
Bells rung at 11:00
14 November Birthday of HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales Union Flag
Bells rung at 13:45
26 November Advent Carol Service I Bells rung at 19:15
27 November Advent Carol Service II Bells rung at 19:15

Additions to this list may be made, subject to the approval of the College's Governing Body. Except on the death of a Fellow, Gaudy Weekends, and Eights Week, flags are not flown for longer than a day.