Magdalen welcomes visitors throughout the year. As a busy and lively working academic community we like to ensure you will enjoy your visit whether it is as a potential student here, an alumnus, an academic visitor, or as a tourist.
We do this by making the College accessible at regular times of the day and with particular facilities open for you to see. The principal areas of the College that are normally open are the Hall, Chapel and Old Kitchen Bar. In addition the gardens, grounds and parkland, including the water walks beside the River Cherwell are open. The Deer Park can be viewed from the path.
Set out below are our normal opening times. These are subject to occasional change which will be advertised on this website, or our noticeboard outside the main entrance. To help defray the cost of providing facilities charges are made for most visitors; those who live locally, or who hold an Oxford University card, or alumnus card can come in free of charge. Outside these times the College is open only to those on College or official University business.
2014 opening times
|January to late June:||1pm to dusk or 6pm, whichever is the earlier.|
|Late June to the end of September:||Noon to 7pm.|
|October to December:||1pm to dusk or 6pm, whichever is the earlier.|
(summer hours start on 22 June)
You are asked not to enter staircases, College rooms and areas marked as private. Dogs, except guide dogs, are not allowed in the College. Please do not walk on the grass or picnic in the grounds. In the interests of security, random bag searches may be carried out; CCTV is in use throughout the grounds. Leaflets are provided in several languages. Supervised children are welcome. A free activity sheet is available for children to help them enjoy their visit and learn about the College and its history. Please read our accessibility information for disabled visitors.
Refreshments, including light lunches and teas are available in the Old Kitchen Bar and Riverside Terrace. Our Visitor Shop sells recordings of the College choir, various publications on the College and other areas of interest, along with souvenirs.
We welcome groups subject to a maximum of 20 people, larger groups may split. A 30 minute interval is required between the admission of each group. Groups should book in advance (see contact page). We do not accept payment by cheque.
Old Members of College wishing to visit Magdalen should please refer to this page, which provides useful information for alumni.
Charges (inc. VAT)
Adults £5.00; Over 60s, children, students £4.00; Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 7 or over) £14.00. Children under 7 years of age are free of charge.