Visit St Hugh’s

From your first glimpse of the gardens to a walk around the 14 acre estate, the gardens will stun and surprise visitors.

Visit St Hugh’s College for a glorious garden setting in easy reach of Oxford’s vibrant city centre

Looking for bed and breakfast in Oxford? Look no further than St Hugh’s College Oxford, a place that offers so much more than just room and board. Perhaps you want a comfortable accommodation with a fabulous location. How about all that with a deep history and irresistible quirky features thrown in. Then St Hugh’s College is the place to be.

What does St Hugh’s College, Oxford Bed & Breakfast have to offer visitors?

There is a particular kind of traveller who loves to happen upon that rare combination of fascinating location and affordable accommodation. St Hugh’s can offer both.

History of St Hugh’s College, Oxford

Founded in 1886 by Elizabeth Wordsworth, great niece of the English Romantic Poet, St Hugh’s was established as a women’s college primarily to give an opportunity for education to bright daughters of Anglican Ministers. Men were admitted to the college in the centenary year of 1986. St Hugh’s College has many famous and successful alumnae including politicians such as Ang San Suu Kyi, Prime Minister Theresa May, Barbara Castle MP, and authors such as Mary Renault, Joanna Trollope, Juliet Nicolson, and suffragette Emily Wilding Davison!

Enjoying the architectural heritage at St Hugh’s College

The Main Building was established in 1916 to accommodate 71 students, and replaced a property called the Mount, bought originally to establish the college. A generous legacy by Clara Mordan secured the site for the college and staff, and students moved in during January 1916.

The Rose Terrace at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford

But it was only in 1920 that women were finally able to graduate with degrees from Oxford.

The original library was housed in what is now known as Mordan Hall, with a collection of 5,000 books. By 1934 the library collection had expanded to 34,000 and a new building, the Moberly Library, was constructed by Buckland and Haywood, the original architects of the Main Building, to house the expanded collection.

During the Second World War when the college was requisitioned as a hospital, the library was one of the few buildings left open to students and was also made available to patients.

Another building of architectural note is the Kenyon Building which offers budget student accommodation in the vacation periods. The Kenyon Building (now Grade II listed) was designed by architect David Roberts in 1964 and named after Kathleen Kenyon, the noted Archaeologist and Principal of the College from 1962 to 1973.

Current library building in 2017

Discover St Hugh’s College – Oxford’s secret garden

It is rare that a city location offers such a peaceful and calming environment, and all within such easy reach of the vibrant city centre. With three full time gardeners St Hugh’s College cultivates a lush setting for this corner of Oxford University.

When looking for interesting and unusual places to stay in Oxford there are few places that can offer easy city access and a beautiful, expansive garden. St Hugh’s College is only a 10-minute walk from the centre of the city and has 14 acres of stunning gardens, which Bed and Breakfast visitors are encouraged to enjoy.

To book your Bed and Breakfast room at St Hugh’s College Oxford, check here for availability.

Double room – Main Building

Single room – Dickson Poon Building