The Lodge main gate on Merton Street - Photo: © John Cairns -

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;
  • members of the University of Oxford (with up to 3 guests) on production of a valid University card (blue stripe) or alumni card; and
  • accompanied children aged 5 years old and under.

Assistance dogs are welcome.

To make arrangements for more than 10 people, please email at least 7 days in advance. Escorted and large groups must schedule their visit ahead of time. Large groups (45+ people) will be split into groups of no more than 15 to tour the College; no more than one large group will be allowed in College at any one time.

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

For information about Open Days and school visits, please see our Open Days page which is designed for prospective applicants.

Prospective applicants are welcome to visit the College, between 9:00am and 6:00pm, Monday-Sunday; please enquire at the Porter's Lodge. For further information or to arrange an appointment contact the Schools Liaison & Access Officer.

Visiting Hours

For visitors and University members

  • 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:
    • Saturday 1 to Saturday 15 December inclusive
    • Saturday 22 December to Wednesday 2 January 2019 inclusive
    • Saturday 2 March 2019
    • Friday 19 to Monday 22 April 2019 inclusive
    • Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July 2019
    • Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September 2019
  • 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.
Wifi for visitors

Wifi is available to visitors to the College via The Cloud, a public access WiFi service run by Sky UK.

The Eduroam network is available for use by those with existing access to this system, such as visitors from other universities which also use this network. The connection method will be the same as at your home institution; please follow their connection instructions, if available.

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.

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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 2018:

Date Occasion Flag and Bells
Throughout February LGBTQ History Month Rainbow Flag
6 February Anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Accession Union Flag
Bells rung at 13:45
13 February Shrove Tuesday Merton Flag
Bells rung at 19:25
17-18 March Gaudy Weekend Merton Flag
Bells rung on Saturday at 19:25
8 April Visiting group of bellringers Bells rung at 14:00
21 April Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II Union Flag
23 April St George's Day Flag of St George
Bells rung at 13:00
19 May The wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle Bells rung at 19:00
23-26 May Eights Week Merton Flag
2 June Anniversary of the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II Union Flag
9 June Ceremonial Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II Union Flag
Bells rung at 18:00
10 June Birthday of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Union Flag
20 June Encaenia Merton Flag
23-24 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 19:00
15-16 September Gaudy Weekend Merton Flag
Bells rung on Saturday at 19:25
16 September Foundation Sunday Bells rung at 15:00
29 September-5 October To welcome freshers and returning students Merton Flag
21 October Commemoration of Benefactors Merton Flag
Bells rung at 19:25
11 November Remembrance Sunday Union Flag
Bells rung
14 November Birthday of HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales Union Flag
Bells rung at 13:45
20 November 71st anniversary of the marriage of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Union Flag
24 November Advent Carol Service I Bells rung at 19:00
25 November Advent Carol Service II Bells rung at 19:00

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.