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Experience St John's

Visitors and tourists are welcome to visit St John's and experience this unique environment.

We also welcome school visits to the College - see the Open Days and Schools page for more information about taster days and residential visits.

Opening Times

The Bridge of Sighs


The College is open to visitors throughout the year. However, the College is closed to the public when College events are taking place and can also close at other times at short notice. Visitor access is via the Great Gate in St John’s St (CB2 1TP) only. General opening times:

·         1 March 2019 – 31 October 2019: 10am – 4pm

·         Other dates (off-season) 10am – 3:30pm

College closures:

-         The College is closed to groups from 20 May – 28 June

-         The College is closed to visitors from  14 June – 28 June

-         The College is closed to visitors and groups on 14 July for an alumni event

-         The College is closed from 25 December 2019 – 2 January 2020

Contact us at or by phone: 01223 338606 if you have any queries.

Visitor Charges

Third Court in the sunshine


From 1st April 2019, all tour groups of 8 or above who wish to visit the College are required to be accompanied by an Official Cambridge Guide. Please contact Visit Cambridge on or phone 01223 791501 to book. No commercial group bookings will be taken by the College. Special entry rates are available for those visiting with an Official Cambridge Guide.

    You can view and download the St John's Visitor Guide and the St John's Chapel Windows Guide.

    General visitor charges are as follows:

    Adult: £10

    Children under 12: Free

    Children (12-17), Senior Citizens & Students: £5

    Entrance charge exemptions:

    ·         Johnian alumni and their families – no charge

    ·         Current members of the University of Cambridge holding University Cards with up to two guests – no charge

    ·         Holders of CAMcards with one guest – no charge

    ·         Cambridge residents (with proof of address) – no charge

    ·         Undergraduates of Anglia Ruskin University – no charge

    ·         Prospective candidates for admission as a student and their families – no charge

    Site Information

    A visitor takes a photo of the College Chapel on his phone


    The tourist route is accessible by all visitors; however the main route enters the Chapel via steps. A map indicating a route that is accessible for those visitors using a wheelchair to enter the Chapel via a ramped route is available from the main entrance.

    Visiting St John's - site information and additional information for group leaders

    Access guide

    Map of first aid and medical equipment