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Visitors and tourists

The Wren Library has been open to visitors since 1695 and so for centuries people have come to admire the beauty of Sir Christopher Wren’s architecture and our wonderful collections. In addition to manuscripts and printed books, the Wren houses sculptures, portraits, wood carvings and a stunning enamel-painted window, all of which can be enjoyed by visitors. It is, however, very much a working library at the heart of the College community, and so you will see members of staff and researchers accessing materials at the shelves, sitting in the bays and moving around the space more generally. In May and June, we also host students revising for their exams, and therefore we ask visitors to be mindful and respectful of those using the Library for work purposes.

You can read more about the History of the Wren Library in a series of posts from our blog, Treasures from the Collection.


Monday-Friday 12pm-2pm (last admission 1.50)
all year round (except Christmas, and the Easter and August bank holidays)

In addition: Saturday 10.30-12.30 (last admission 12.20)
between these dates:
5 October – 7 December 2024
18 January – 22 March 2025
26 April – 21 June 2025

College members are welcome to visit Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Groups of more than 10 are encouraged to book a visit at a different time.



Access to the Wren Library is via the Brewhouse Gate at the end of Garret Hostel Lane, just before the Trinity Hall bridge. Sometimes this gate is closed at short-notice and so it may be necessary to access via the Avenue which is just off Queen’s Road at the back of the College.

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Visitors should note that the College is an historic site where paths and surfaces may be uneven. The Wren Library is on the first floor and only accessible by stairs; unfortunately there is no lift available. The Wren Library is an historic building and the temperature fluctuates widely across the year; it can be very cold in the winter and very warm in the summer and so we advise you to dress accordingly so that you remain comfortable during your visit. Please also note that there are no public toilets available for visitors.

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