Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Bed and breakfast accommodation in the unique historic surroundings of a traditional college dating from 1596, in the heart of Cambridge.


Sidney Sussex College is pleased to offer clean, simple accommodation in the unique historic surroundings of a traditional college in the heart of Cambridge.

Bedrooms can be chosen within the grounds of the college in either Blundell Court, Garden Court, Cloister Court or Sussex House. There are also bedrooms located outside of the College about 5 minutes walk away, in Sidney House and Cromwell Court.

Most bedrooms have a wash hand basin and you will be provided with towels and soap. Bathrooms are shared between 4-5 bedrooms unless you are in an ensuite room. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, internet access and are serviced daily by the Housekeeping staff.

Please note that excavation work will be taking place in the Master's garden over the summer which may result in some noise between the hours of 8am and 4pm.

History to the present day

Founded in 1596 Sidney Sussex is a very well-kept secret - whether it is Elizabethan brickwork, charming Cloister Court, the haunting Chapel, exquisite Rococo Hall, medieval cellars or beautiful ancient gardens - they all lie behind a rather self-effacing wall of Roman cement. Sidney's history is an even better-kept secret including the precise point at which Oliver Cromwell's head is buried. 

As one of the smaller Colleges, Sidney Sussex has a strong community spirit and is known for its warm and friendly welcome to visitors.

Food and Drinks

All rates include a "Porter's'' breakfast (a generous serving of a full English breakfast) prepared by the College’s award-winning chefs served in the magnificent Dining Hall. 

Breakfast is served from 7.30 - 9.00am each day with the exception of Sunday when it is served from 8.30 - 10.00am. 

Group dinners may be arranged in advance (please make your request in the Additional Information section of the booking form).

The College student bar is not open out of term, however, due to our city centre location there are numerous pubs located only a short distance away from the College.

Grounds and gardens

Sidney Sussex has two outstanding courtyards surrounded by Grade I listed buildings dating from 1596. The small and friendly atmosphere of the College can be sampled in the Fellows' Garden and Cloister Court where guests can sit and enjoy the peace and quiet in magnificent surroundings.

Other facilities

Internet access is available in all bedrooms; in most areas wireless access is possible. Personal log in details will be provided on check in.

There is a single squash court in the College grounds, available free of charge. Please note that this facility may not always be available.  Bookings should be made on arrival at the Porters' Lodge, although you will need your own equipment. 

The College is unable to offer parking on site, however, there are several car parks located closeby. A Park and Ride scheme is also available which allows car parking for up to 72 hours. 

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, CB2 3HU, United Kingdom

Check In: From 12noon - 11pm Check Out: By 10.00am

Rooms are available to check in from 12noon on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, guests are required to vacate bedrooms and return keys to the Porters' Lodge by 10.00am to enable the rooms to be serviced for incoming guests.

Guests should check-in at the Porters' Lodge at the front of the College (opposite Sainsbury's on Sidney Street).

The Porters' Lodge is open for check-in and check-out between 06.00am and 11.00pm. Outside these times, a night porter is on site to deal with emergencies only.

The main gate by the Porters' Lodge is closed at 10pm. Room keys also unlock the wicket gate (the small door within the main entrance gate).

Please note that, despite their title, College Porters do not carry guests' bags.

The College is unable to offer parking on site, however, Park Street Car Park is available a short distance from the College. 

The railway station is approximately 25 minutes walk from the College. Bus and taxi services are available outside the Station entrance.


Breakfast included

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking onsite

No smoking


Historic Property



Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Garden furniture

Luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 11


Based on 2271 Reviews
Service 4.3
Rooms 3.8
Food 4.2
Website 4.3
Value 4.1
Overall Experience 4.2

A great historical college in the heart of the town which offers covenient, clean rooms and a good generous breakfast. Very polite and smart staff.
Mrs Anna Rosa C

Pretty basic, but excellent value and location.
Mr James B

I really enjoyed my stay at your bed and breakfast and can truly recommend it to others.
Mrs Anna-Karin D

Aside from the clean and comfortable room two aspects of my stay were most appreciated. The procedural instructions given at check-in told me everything I needed to find my way around. The communal breakfast was managed in a manner that encouraged personal interaction, which was welcome to a person traveling alone and started the day off on a positive note.
Ms Frances C

Excellent location, friendly service, fairly basic room but with all facilities, unique experience of being at a beautiful College
Mr Nick V

nice place to stay¡¡
Mr oscar D

Thanks for a fantastic stay and the wonderful service!!
Mrs Shelley V

Great room, nice toilteries and friendly staff. The breakfast was lovely. The staff at the porters lodge were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you.
Ms Ferzana S

very enjoyable
Mr simon H

Friendly porter opened the door late at night when I arrived. A student room with bath & shower down the hall. Internet good, breakfast good.
Prof Grant L