Dining Hall
Events & Conferences

Founded in 1264, Merton College offers a historic and picturesque setting for your event or conference. As soon as you step through the ancient Lodge Gate, you enter an enclave of learning and contemplation. Because the College has continuously evolved to suit the needs of cutting-edge research and education, it is no surprise that its diverse buildings boast modern convenience as well as traditional grandeur.

With centuries of experience in bring people together, the College offers fantastic event spaces such as the contemporary TS Eliot Lecture Theatre with adjoining syndicate rooms, as well as a selection of smaller traditional rooms. This is an ideal setting for conferences to learn, create and fuel ideas.

Delegates may enjoy a classic full English breakfast, buffet lunches, and dinners in the Grand Dining Hall thanks to the hard work of our committed hospitality team.

To build the perfect menu for your special occasion, you may also draw on the expertise of our Head Chef.


The College's Governing Body decided on 2035 as the deadline for achieving net zero carbon emissions and biodiversity net gains within the College and across the College assets. To take a closer look at the ongoing initiatives.


Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to know more about booking a conference at Merton:

Rebecca Stewart
Head of Events and Conferences
Merton College

Email: conferences@merton.ox.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 276374


Although you’ll feel worlds away in the tranquility of the Fellows' Garden, getting to Merton is easy. Oxford is less than 60 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.


Merton is close to the city centre. It lies approximately one block south of High Street, on Merton Street.

When traveling in Oxford by car, it is best to enter the High Street from the east, turning left into Merton Street at the Eastgate Hotel. Due to limited space, however, parking on-site at College is only available for the conference organiser and disabled delegates.

View a map of the city centre with its Colleges and Halls.

Read more about getting to Oxford University.


Merton College is a member of the Meetings Industry Association, the leading association supporting and growing the meetings, conferences and events industry in the UK.

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