Two different sites offering a variety of comfortable rooms which are available during University vacations and only a short distance from the town centre.
Clare College is Cambridge's second oldest College, boasting 17th century architecture and gardens just a 5 minute walk from the city centre and with sites either side of the River Cam
Accommodation is located in Memorial Court on Queens Road or at the College's Chesterton Lane site.
Single and twin rooms are offered, with either ensuite or shared bathrooms in comfortable student accommodation during vacations.
Important notice: The College is unable to accept bookings for stag and hen parties or similar.
History to the present day
Clare College is the second oldest of Cambridge's thirty-one colleges. It was founded in 1326, and generously endowed a few years later by Lady Elizabeth de Clare (Lady de Burgh), a granddaughter of King Edward I (1272-1307.
The College was founded in 1326 and was the first of the Oxford and Cambridge foundations to provide for a Master, Fellows and Scholars in a single community. It remains today a society of teachers and students brought together by a common interest in learning, teaching and research.
Food and Drinks
A full English breakfast is served for guests staying at Memorial Court in the Old Court Buttery (self-service cafeteria) each morning from 7.30-9.30am. The Buttery is a 5 minute walk from Memorial Court.
Continental breakfast is available for guests staying at Chesterton Lane from 7.30-9.30am and is served in the Castle End dining room. Please note, on days where there are few people staying at Chesterton Lane, you may be given a voucher for breakfast at a nearby cafe.
Grounds and gardens
The gardens of Clare College are some of the most admired in Cambridge and reflect a beauty and repose which belie their position, situated as they are in the middle of the city. Sited on the ancient fenland and bounded on three of its four sides by dykes and on the fourth by the River Cam, the garden stands as a fine example of a twentieth century English garden.
Unfortunately the College Gardens are closed from August 2018 until further notice.
Free wired and Wi-Fi broadband in bedrooms.
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Free broadband access (wifi)
Food and Drinks
Continental breakfast (included)
Cooked breakfast (included)
Museums (walking distance)
Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
Theatre (walking distance)
Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
Address: Clare College, Memorial Court, Queens Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 9AJ, United Kingdom
Check In: 15:00 (3:00pm) - 23:30 (11:30pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)
Check Out: 00:00 (12:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)
Please check out promptly. If you do not check out of your room by the time shown above, Clare College reserve the right to charge you for an additional night. This charge will be made to the card which was used to book your room and you will be notified by email.
On Arrival: Visitors register at the appropriate Porters Lodge, where a room key or access card will be issued. Rooms will be available from 3.00pm on the day of arrival.
Please note delegates should register at Memorial Court or Chesterton Lane and not at Old Court, Trinity Lane. Please note a £20 charge will be made to your credit or debit card if your room key is not returned.
Security: The main site gates at Memorial Court and Trinity Lane will normally be locked at midnight but the Memorial Court Porters Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day. It is strongly recommended that delegates lock their rooms at all times. The College is not insured for loss or theft of any items belonging to visitors to the College. Chesterton Lane porters lodge closes at 11.00pm.
Cycles: There are cycle racks at the front of Memorial Court where delegates are welcome to leave their bicycles. Please note that the College cannot accept any responsibility for bicycles and delegates should ensure they use a secure lock. Cycles may not be taken through the College grounds or courts.
How to Find Us:
By Rail: Cambridge Station is about a 25 minute walk from Clare, but buses run every 8 minutes into the centre of Cambridge and taxis are available for hire at Cambridge Station.
By Road: Cambridge is linked to London and the M25 by the M11 motorway. Exit at junction 12 for Barton Road or Junction 13 for Madingley Road.
By Coach: There are frequent services between London Victoria Coach Station and Drummer Street Bus Station in Cambridge. Most services will terminate from Cambridge Bus Station, from here it is only a 5-minute walk to Clare Old Court.
NB: If taking a taxi from the city centre, be sure to ask to be dropped off at Clare College, Memorial Court in Queen Road or Chesterton Lane. Not Trinity Lane.
Please note if you are using a sat nav the postcode for Memorial Court will take you to the rear of the College where parking is prohibited. Please do not park in the University Library car park. Once you get to Queens Road just follow that along the backs until you reach a black and yellow sign saying Clare College, Memorial Court. This is the main entrance.