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Please note that from Monday 19 September until Friday 23 September 2022 the College, including the Backs, will be closed to visitors and members of the public.

College Grounds 

The Trinity College is an educational institution comprising more than 1,200 students and 190 Fellows and 350 full and part-time members of staff. All undergraduate students and some Fellows live and work in College, in accommodation ranging from rooms in seventeenth-century courts to twentieth-century blocks. Currently the courts including Great Court are not open to the public.

However, the public can access ‘The Backs’ – the College grounds beside the River Cam – when these are open: normally 9am-5.30pm, but please note they may be closed for special events. Please check before you visit by calling the Porters’ Lodge on +44 (0)1223 338 400. Bicycles and dogs are not allowed at Trinity, nor is walking on the grass or picking flowers.

The College welcomes visitors to the Chapel for services for most of the year. You can find out about Chapel services. 

Prospective admissions candidates

If you are thinking of applying to Trinity, either as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, you are welcome to look round at any time, free of charge. Please explain to the Porters’ Lodge at Great Gate that you are a prospective applicant.


If you would like to visit Trinity with your students please contact the Schools Liaison Office at [email protected]. You can also find out more information about Trinity’s widening participation work with UK state schools online.

Cambridge University Alumni

Alumni of Trinity or other Cambridge colleges can normally visit Trinity free of charge during opening hours, with up to three guests. To do so, please bring your alumni ID (CamCard).

Visiting the Library

Wren Library is normally open to the public from Monday to Friday between 12 and 2pm, and on Saturday mornings in Full Term from 10.30am until 12.30pm. However, the Library is currently closed to visitors. Information about the Wren Library reopening will be available here in due course.

Access to the Wren Library is from the Backs via Garret Hostel Lane or Queen’s Road and the Avenue.

If you have any questions about the Library’s rare books and manuscript collections please email: [email protected]. If you have any questions about the College archive or modern manuscript collections please email: [email protected]. You can  view the Wren Library virtual tour to take a look at the amazing features of the library’s building.


Anyone wishing to take photographs requiring tripods, or for commercial purposes, should apply in advance in writing to the Junior Bursar, Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ or email [email protected].

Finding Trinity

Information about how to arrive at Trinity College by various methods of transport can be found on the Finding Trinity Page.

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