Lincoln College, Oxford
Enjoy a real Oxford experience in this friendly medieval College in the heart of the city.
- 17th century buildings
- 19th century buildings
- No car parking
- No smoking
- Minimum age 18
- Historic Property
- No Internet access
- Luggage storage
- Linen included
- Towels included
- Recommended walks
- Pub (walking distance)
- Museums (walking distance)
- Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
- Theatre (walking distance)
Lincoln is a friendly 15th-century College located in the heart of Oxford. We warmly welcome visitors during holiday periods.
Bedrooms are situated on Turl Street, just opposite the main College entrance. All rooms come equipped with bed linen, towels, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Rooms are serviced daily by your Scout (Housekeeping). The rooms are primarily student-study bedrooms, and whilst not being of hotel standard, they will be clean and comfortable for your stay.
History to the present day
Lincoln College was founded in 1427 by Richard Fleming, the Bishop of Lincoln. It was named after his Cathedral as "The College of the Blessed Mary and All Saints". Bishop Fleming intended for the College to be used to train clergy to confute the prevalent Lollard heresy - this was a precursor of the Protestant movement which was later to result in the Reformation.
Lincoln is among the oldest of the Turl Street Colleges, and one of the least spoilt legacies of the Middle Ages. According to Nikolaus Pevsner, Lincoln College "preserves more of the character of a 15th-century College than any other in Oxford".
Lincoln's architecture is medieval stone and, unlike other Colleges, there is no modern annexe to distract from the 15th-century atmosphere. The library is located in the All Saints Church, an 18th-century church given to Lincoln in 1971. The Church tower gives a notable contribution to Oxford's skyline of "Dreaming Spires".
Lincoln College was among the first to admit women students in the late 1970s. Lincoln's most distinguished Fellow was John Wesley, a Methodist reformer appointed in 1726. Other notable alumni include Edward Thomas, John Radcliffe, Lord Florey, John Le Carre and Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss).
Food and Drinks
Breakfast is not provided however there are tea and coffee-making facilities in each room and as we are very centrally located there are numerous cafés and restaurants nearby.
Grounds and gardens
Though the accommodation is not situated in the main College grounds, all guests are welcome to visit the College. The main site is built around three quads: Front Quad, Chapel Quad, and the Grove.
Guests are invited to visit the College Chapel. Jacobean Gothic in style, the Chapel's windows features painted glass by artist Abraham van Linge, the most important glass painter of 17th-century England.
All rooms are provided with tea and coffee-making facilites. .
Hairdryers may also be borrowed from the Lodge.
Please note we are unable to offer internet access. However, owing to the central location, you will find many cafes and restaurants offering wifi within walking distance.
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: Lincoln College, Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DR, United Kingdom
Address: Lincoln College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DR
Check In: From 2pm Check Out: By 10am
On arrival please report to the Lodge where you will be given your keys and directed to your room. The Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day, and it may be possible to leave your luggage should you arrive before your accommodation is ready.
Due to Lincoln's central location, we are unable to offer parking.
Lincoln is a 15-20 minute walk from the train station, and a 10-15 minute walk from the bus station. Turl Street can be accessed from both the High Street and Broad Street.
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Ms BEVERLEY JACOBSON, April 2013: It was magical to stay in the Lincoln College rooms over the Easter weekend. Being older and used to staying in hotels this was a wonderfully unique experience. Room was clean, warm and comfortable and nice to have tea making facilities. Having never lived in the UK nor been to university, I found the history of Oxford and the knowledge that this history is ongoing in the modern era awesome. I also feel a bond to Lincoln College now.
The Porters were wonderful and I was also given the opportunity to visit the church. Breakfast in the Great Hall was right out of Harry Potter or perhaps I should say, I also gleamed a better understanding of the worlds of authors J.K.Rowling and particularly Lewis Carroll with all the tunnels and quadrangles. As I said, a Magical experience which I thank you for and look forward to having the opportunity to repeat!
Mrs Shirley Hulley, April 2013: Thank you for a wonderful overnight stay. Everyone we met was very helpful, especially the waitress at breakfast and the porter on duty in the afternoon. I wouldn't hesitate to book again
Mrs Pascale Brillet-Dubois, April 2013: I came to work but staying at Lincoln college made it a very enjoyable experience. The room and the college were charming, the staff very friendly. Nice, generous breakfast. The college is ideally located. Only two qualifications: I personnally did not mind climbing the steps to the room, but I do not remember being warned about it. The only annoying thing was that, though the website indicated that an internet connection was available through Ethernet, it was blocked after 36 or 48h. Can't do without it nowadays!
Ms Carolina Re, April 2013: Professional, warm, competent front desk staff, very helpful.
Excellent quality sheets, towels, pillows, mattress topper...soaps were very nice too. Excellent experience in the dining hall for breakfast, professional staff, very helpful. Great location.
Miss Emily Pegues, April 2013: Thank you for a very pleasant, perfect stay. I adored my room with its spectacular view of Radcliffe Camera! All the staff were lovely and everything was simply and efficiently arranged, and I enjoyed breakfasting beneath the gaze of all the 17th c. portraits. I look forward to returning to Lincoln College on my next visit to Oxford.
Mrs Catharine Jalil, April 2013: Will come again!
Mrs Vanina Kopp, April 2013: great service for breakfast and dinner, and just wonderful location in the middle of Oxford
Mr Sean Bourke, April 2013: I had a very pleasant stay, staff (both at porter's gate and in kitchens) were friendly and very helpful, and I certainly plan to return.
Mrs Laura Scurlock-Evans, April 2013: All the staff I met were extremely friendly and helpful. I had a highly enjoyable stay - thank you!
Dr Eamon Armstrong, April 2013: Wonderful experience and way to see Oxford
Prof Thomas Weiss, March 2013: These were very good accommodations for the price. I jwould definitely return to Lincoln if I am in the area.
Mr Clive Chappe, March 2013: We enjoyed our stay in your historic College. Every one was very helpful and polite, and we would certainly stay again.
Dr Adrial Walton, March 2013: Excellent helpful and friendly service from porters.
Mr Charles Wright, March 2013: Would have loved to have got closer to Chapel window, also could an explanation of the windows be somewhere to read. Loved the wonderful green lawn. Despite the snow room was warm. Staff in dining room very quick to clear away.
Mr James Filer, March 2013: a delightful experience, staff most helpful, college beautiful.
Mr Neil Johnstone, March 2013: Excellent as usual
Mrs Delia Born, March 2013: I was made to feel very welcome. The room was very clean and the location very quiet despite being in the centre of Oxford. Have already started recommending it to friends. Would have appreciated a bedside light.
Mrs Laura Hall, March 2013: Wonderful stay, great staff who were very helpful and friendly.
Ms Deirdre Donaghy, March 2013: Please note that the answer to 'standard of breakfast' is really 'no comment' as I chose not to have breakfast so therefore cannot say.
I very much enjoyed my stay and found everyone very friendly and helpful. Accommodation was basic but clean and good value for money, and it was great to be able to stay in a historic building.
Mrs Sheila Francis, March 2013: I really enjoyed my stay at Lincoln College.
Dr Graeme Doran, March 2013: No-nonsense, hands off approach is perfect. Room is as expected for the price, but still good value for Oxford.
Check out times could be later though.
Dr Jane Bennett-Powell, March 2013: Great location, superb view. Would have liked Wifi, even paid-for. Overall, lovely.
Mr Garrie Pond, March 2013: A very pleasant stay in a great central Oxford location at a good price. Porter welcoming and helpful room good with ensuite .Breakfast excellent and staff polite and attentive. A great opportunity to stay in a historic university college .
Dr Rita Horvath, March 2013: I liked the atmosphere of the College very much!
Mrs S M Ross, April 2012: Really loved staying in an old part of an Oxford college. All staff really helpful. As the weather was chilly a proper duvet would have been appreciated (or wool blankets). Would definitely book again.
Mme. Françoise Françoise Henry, April 2012: l'accueil a été parfait même mes lacunes en anglais n'ont pu perturber la courtoisie et la sollicitude de mes hôtes la chambre ,les sanitaires et la literie étaient parfaitement propres . Il a été donner une réponse courtoise et rapide a mes demandes de renseignements touristiques et culturels . merci pour cet agréable séjour .
Mrs Susan Darwent, April 2012: I had no difficulties with booking at the last minute, and found that there was a reasonable choice of college rooms available. Lincoln is in an excellent central position. Arriving in the dark created some difficulty - the college is not signposted, and the doorbell is not obvious to newcomers. The porter was extremely friendly and helpful. The room was basic but adequate: a bedside light would have been useful, as would a set of cutlery and more milk. A good overnight stay.
Mr Mark McCleery, April 2012: Lovely location and surroundings. Very good value and helpful, friendly staff. Will definitely be using again.
Mr Rich Tafel, April 2012: Really enjoyed the accommodations. Staff was kind and helpful. I got there very late at night and there's no marking on the door to know where to get in. Fortunately, an attentive front desk man spotted me on the camera and brought me in. Thanks, what a beautiful property.
Mrs gail andrews, March 2012: Lovely stay. Very helpful staff.
Suggest mirror in the bedroom for ease of drying hair etc!
Mr John Mills, March 2012: Fantastic rapport with the Porter; superb service despite late arrival.
Mr Michael Barker, April 2011: I enjoyed an exquisite stay; a most comfortable room in an beautiful college with an magnificent location in central Oxford. The staff were professional and friendly, and readily answered any queries that I had. The breakfast was superb, and I would be delighted to return to stay in Lincoln for further visits to Oxford.
Mrs Wendy Bilham, April 2011: Student accommodation is basic and this is what we got. The facilities were very good. Everyone knew what to do an the overall experience was good/excellent.
Mr Alexander Mitchell, March 2011: Overall I had an excellent stay in Lincoln College. I was warmly welcomed by the porter who was very helpful with any queries I had. The standard of the room was excellent and the view from my window was superb.
I had an excellent night's sleep and the breakfast in the morning was of a high standard. In summary, I would happily return for another night's stay in Lincoln College.