Hertford is centrally located in Oxford on Catte Street. If you are coming to Hertford for the first time, you will probably want to go to the lodge which is just inside the main entrance on Catte Street, just past New College Lane.
Hertford alumni are welcome to visit OB Quad and the Chapel, Monday to Friday 10am-3pm and on Saturdays between 2pm and 4pm. Unfortunately we are closed to visitors during exams (usually mid-May to the end of June). Occasionally events, such as degree ceremonies, might also mean we cannot admit visitors. To avoid disappointment, please contact the Porters’ Lodge in advance to let them know when you would like to visit.
Alumni wishing to visit other parts of the college may be able to do so accompanied by a member of the Development Office. The Development Office is open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm – please get in touch if you would like to arrange a short tour.
Schools and prospective applicants are very welcome to visit Hertford and should contact the Admissions Office to make arrangements. We also hold Open Days at various times during the year.
A small number of rooms are available for alumni to book for B&B during vacation periods. Enquiries can be made to the Accommodation Office.
As a small college, unfortunately Hertford is closed to the general public.
Porters’ Lodge: 01865 279400
porters [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Development Office: 01865 279428
development [dot] office [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Admissions Office: 01865 279404
undergraduate [dot] admissions [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
graduate [dot] admissions [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Accommodation Office: 01865 289198
accommodation [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
If you are visiting the College and have accessibility requirements, the following may be helpful:
The College is located on a multi-level site and access to the main College site/Old Quad is available via a ramp.
Portable ramps are available to enable access into ground floor rooms and the College Chapel. Currently there are no lifts provided in the College and the Dining Hall is accessed via a steep staircase.
Assistance and/or advice for visitors with disabilities can be sought from the Porters' Lodge.
There is an accessible lavatory in the Old Quad, reached via a short stair lift. The Porters will provide a key and assistance with its use.
There is a hearing loop in the College Dining Hall.
Getting here by plane
The easiest way to get from Heathrow to Oxford is by bus. Follow the sign for coaches after you get off the plane. At the coach station, look for either the City Link X70 or the Heathrow Tube. For schedules and fares, check out the Oxford Bus Company site for the X70, or the Oxford Tube site for the Oxford Tube. Either way, the trip will probably take just over an hour. There are several stops in Oxford, and it is easiest just to stay on till the last stop, Gloucester Green. From Gloucester Green, it's only a short trip to Hertford (about 3 blocks).
The easiest way to get from Gatwick to Oxford is by bus. Follow the sign for coaches after you get off the plane. At the coach station, look for the City Link X80. For schedules and fares check out the Oxford Bus Company site. The trip should take just over 2 hours. There are several stops in Oxford, and it is easiest just to stay on till the last stop, Gloucester Green. From Gloucester Green it's only a short trip to Hertford (about 3 blocks). If you have a lot of luggage, you might want to take a taxi, and there is a taxi rank adjacent to the bus station.
The National express 757 coach runs from Stansted aiport approximately every 2 hours.
There are regular trains from Birmingham International airport to Oxford.
There are regular trains from Southampton airport parkway station to Oxford.
Getting here by train
Oxford Railway station is about 0.8 miles from Hertford College. It's easiest to walk if you are able. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the station, which should cost around £5.
Getting here by coach/bus
Coaches run between London and Oxford, very frequently, as often as every 10 minutes during peak hours. There are two services the Oxford Tube and the X90. For more information about where to get on, schedules and fares, you can check out the Thames Travel site for the Oxford Tube, or the Oxford Bus Company site for the X90. There are several stops in Oxford, and it is easiest just to stay on till the last stop, Gloucester Green. From Gloucester Green it's only a short trip to Hertford (about 3 blocks). If you have a lot of luggage, you might want to take a taxi, and there is a taxi rank adjacent to the bus station.
Other departure points
Getting to Oxford from other cities by coach could be more complicated. Thames Travel or the Oxford Bus Company may be able to provide you with more precise information. If you can get to Oxford by coach, no matter where you are coming from, it's probably easiest to get off at Gloucester Green.
Getting here by car
Parking in central Oxford is very difficult, although there is limited 1 hour parking on Broad Street and 2 hour parking on Parks Road. We regret that we do not have any on-site parking at Hertford. We recommend that if you are driving you use the Park and Ride service. There are park and ride carparks at all four compass points and all buses go into the centre of town.
A visitors' guide to the college for tour groups and walking trips can be found here.