Tourist Information

Opening hours

Period Day Opening times Charge Special closures
1st April-30th September. Daily 10.00- 16.30 Entry fee charged to all visitors payable at the Visitors' Gate in Queens' Lane (see below for exceptions). Entry into Queens' is via the Visitors' Gate in Queens' Lane. No tours accepted from 20th April to 8th May inclusive (study period) and from 18th May to 12th June inclusive (examination period). Closed 25th June, 2nd and 3rd July.
20th April - 8th May. Closed N/A N/A Closed for study period.
18th May - 20th June. Closed N/A N/A Closed for examinations.
25th June, 2nd and 3rd July Closed N/A N/A Special events.
1st October - 30th March. Daily 10.00- 16.00 Entry charges are still applicable to all visitors who are not exempted. Entry into Queens' is via The Porters' Lodge on Silver Street. December 25th and 26th.

Entrance

The College is open to visitors all year round, except during the pre-examination study period (20th April - 8th May), the examination period (18th May - 20th June), certain ceremonial days (25th June, 2nd and 3rd July.), Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25th and 26th December). Visitors should enter and leave College by the Visitors' Gate, in Queens' Lane during the summer period (April - October) and through the Porters' Lodge during the winter period. At other times, when the College is open to Alumni, entry is via the Porters' Lodge in Silver Street.

Wheelchair access is available, if required, through the Porters' Lodge at all times throughout the year.

Entrance Charges

There is an entrance charge of £3.00 per visitor (children under 10 free), which includes the provision of a printed guide. Please see 'Parties' below for details of entrance fees payable by tour groups, as entrance charges are applicable throughout the year.

Entrance charge exemptions

  • Queens' Alumni with three guests each - no charge.
  • Members of the University of Cambridge with one guest each - no charge.
  • City of Cambridge residents (with proof of address) with one guest each - no charge.
  • Prospective candidates for admission as a student and their families - no charge.

Arranging a Tour Group Visit to Queens' College

All Tour Groups should arrange their trip through the Cambridge Tourist Information Centre

(Please see below if you are bringing a school party of prospective candidates for admission to Queens' to visit the College).

N.B. A tour group is defined as six or more people.

  • If you wish to bring a group of visitors to tour the College (see visitor opening schedule above) please arrange through the Cambridge Tourist Information Centre (Tel 01223 457570) or email john.milne@cambridge.gov.uk. Please provide minimum of 48 hours before the proposed day of visit or 72 hours in advance if visiting at the weekend.
  • Tour parties may only enter Queens' College with a Cambridge Blue Badge Guide (see information below on hiring a Blue Badge Guide). Parties arriving without a Cambridge Blue Badge Guide will not be admitted to Queens' College.
  • Parties of more than 20 people must be split into smaller groups and enter the College at staggered times. Each party must be led by a Cambridge Blue Badge Guide.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Hiring a Cambridge Blue Badge Guide (an obligatory requirement for all tour parties visiting Queens' College)

Cambridge Blue Badge Guides have been trained by 'Visit Cambridge' and have passed an intensive training course accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Guides must pass 4 examinations before qualifying for the role and are regularly re-assessed.

To hire a Cambridge Blue Badge Guide contact either:

Visit Cambridge
The Guildhall
Market Square
Cambridge
CB2 3QJ
Tel: 01223 791500
Email: info@visitcambridge.org

Tony Rodgers & Chris Skilton
Cambridge Tour Guides
Tel: 07814 765151 or 07940 999364
Cambridge Tour Guides
email: info@cambridgetourguide.co.uk

Maggie Hartley
SeeCambridgeDifferently
Tel: 07580 537595
Email: info@seecambridgedifferently.co.uk
WWW: www.seecambridgedifferently.co.uk

Entrance charges for tour groups

  • There is an entrance charge of £3.00 for each member of the party (there is no charge for the Cambridge Blue Badge Guide).
  • Different rates are applicable for privately guided Tours when booked through the Cambridge Tourist Information Centre. Please apply directly.
  • This charge is payable at all times of the year.
  • Children under 10; Queens' Alumni (with up to 3 guests); Members of the University of Cambridge (with 1 guest);Cambridge City residents (and 1 guest. Residents must provide proof of residence); and prospective candidates for admission as students (and their family), are exempt from the entrance charge (see also - entrance charges above).
  • Please pay the individual entrance charge at the Visitors' Gate during the summer period (see above for closure dates) and at the Porters' Lodge at all other times. Group payments should be received by the Tourist Information Centre prior to the visit to College. Refunds cannot be given less than 48 hours before the visit.

Public and Private Guided Tours of Cambridge

  • For details and to book daily Cambridge Blue Badge Guided Tours of selected Colleges that include a visit to Queens' College, click here. These tours are organised by Cambridge Tourist Information Centre.
  • 'SeeCambridgeDifferently' offer bespoke tours of either Queens' College and/or other sites of interest in Cambridge. Please contact Maggie Hartley on info@seecambridgedifferently.co.uk or see their website www.seecambridgedifferently.co.uk

School Parties of Prospective Candidates for Admission to Queens' College

  • School parties of prospective candidates for admission to Cambridge University that wish to visit Queens' please email Queens' Admissions Office by clicking here to organise their tour of the College.

Buildings Open

  • Old Hall and Chapel are normally open, but are subject to the College's events programme.
  • All Cloister areas and other walkways are open.
  • The President's Lodge, the Old Library, the War Memorial Library, Cripps Dining Hall, staircases and the Fellow's Garden are not open to visitors.

 

Restrictions

We ask all visitors to Queens' to respect the College as a place of study. Each visitor is requested:

  • Not to walk on the grass or on the river banks.
  • Not to walk on any flower beds.
  • Not to take picnics in the College grounds.
  • Not to drop any litter.
  • Not to enter staircases or areas marked private.
  • Not to smoke anywhere in the College.
  • Not to block the narrow pathways.
  • To observe all instructions given by College Staff.
  • Not to bring any animals into the College (Except Guide Dogs).

Please be aware that some surfaces are uneven and in wet weather may be slippery. There are a number of steps on the route around the College and great care must be taken near the river.

Visitors' Shop

Gifts and souvenirs may be purchased from the Visitors' Shop at the Visitors' Gate.