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St John's College

Conferences and Tourism

“I got off at Durham and fell in love with it instantly in a serious way. Why, it's wonderful - a perfect little city... If you have never been to Durham, go there at once. Take my car. It's wonderful.”

Bill Bryson, author and former Chancellor of Durham University


St John's College is located at the heart of the ancient city of Durham, opposite the magnificent Norman Cathedral, within an area now designated a World Heritage Site. We offer friendly service, comfortable accommodation, excellent food and an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area.


The conference team guarantees a professional, efficient and dedicated service, with multi-functional facilities in an exceptional location. We would be delighted to discuss requirements and provide further details for:

  • Business Meetings
  • Management Training Days
  • Promotional Activities
  • Residential Conferences
  • Retreats/Parish Weekends
  • Strategic Planning Seminars
  • Special Events/Dinners
  • Summer Schools

We tailor our service and prices to support each different need. Please contact us by visiting the enquiries page.


Members of the Garrison and Court of the Prince Bishops originally occupied most of the College buildings and these buildings possess fascinating histories dating back to the 15th century. St John's College now consists of a continuous and fully connecting row of fine and attractive buildings. Former occupants include the widow of Dean Whittingham, tanslator of the Geneva Bible, and also the Bowes-Lyon and Eden families. A frequent visitor of the Eden family was Alice Liddell - the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland".

Universities UK (UUK) Code of Practice for the Management of Student Housing

St John's College has affirmed membership to the Code of Practice for the Management of Student Housing. The Code is concerned with the main principles and essential requirements for well managed student accommodation. It also should assist you in understanding both the standards and the procedures applying to your accommodation and your obligations as a tenant.

A full version of the UUK Code of Practice is available to download at:

Around the college...

The Tristram Room set up to cater for 25 people.

A twin bedroom set up for conference guests.

St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.