Tourist Information

Visitors have been coming to the Wren Library since it opened in 1695. The Wren remains a working library used by Fellows, students and staff of the College and by visiting scholars from around the world, so public opening hours are limited to:

  • 12-2pm (last admission 1.50pm) from Monday to Friday throughout the year;
  • 10.30-12.30 (last admission 12.20pm) on Saturdays in full term.

The Wren  Library is closed on Christmas Eve and the four following days, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday and the August Bank Holiday. The Wren Library may also close at short notice due to special events.

Entry to the Wren is free of charge. It is an increasingly popular destination attracting many visitors from around the world and our visitor numbers have more than doubled in the past five years. Queuing for entry should be expected, especially during the summer months. Visitors to the library can enter the College via the side gate on Garret Hostel Lane or via the Avenue off Queen’s Road. During public opening hours the number of visitors in the library is restricted to fifteen at any one time. It is not possible to pre-book entry.

There are 29 steps up to the Wren Library. There is no lift.

The Library was completed in 1695 to the design of Sir Christopher Wren, who was responsible for the design of the building and also for the bookcases and furniture. Features of special interest include the decorative wood-carving by Grinling Gibbons, the marble busts of eminent Trinity men carved by Roubiliac and Scheemakers, the statue of Lord Byron by Bertel Thorvaldsen, and the south facing painted glass window by Giovanni Battista Cipriani. There are seven exhibition cases in which a small fraction of the Library’s treasures are on display. There is now greater public access to our collections than ever before through the Wren Digital Library

If you have any comments about your visitor experience, please contact the Sub-Librarian by emailing wren.library@trin.cam.ac.uk