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Useful Information

Visiting the College

Visitors are welcome to wander round Pembroke's grounds and view the Chapel between 9am and 5pm. No entry fee is charged. As the College is the home and workplace to over 600 people we would request that people do not wander into any of the staircases. At certain times of the year, particularly in May and the first two weeks of June, when exams are taking place, the College is closed to visitors. If you are intending to bring a large party of visitors to the College please could you check with the Porters on duty first, who will let you know if it is a convenient time. Members of the College are welcome to visit Pembroke at any time of the year, including during the exam season, although visitors during this time should take great care to respect the quietude.


If you require confirmation of your Tripos marks and attendance at the University please contact the Senior Tutor's PA, Mrs Sally Clowes.

Collecting your MA Degree

A Bachelor of Arts may be admitted Master of Arts six* calendar years (five years for affiliated students) after the end of his or her first term of residence, provided that at least two years have elapsed since taking the B.A. degree. A fee of £5 is payable by those who took their BA degree in 1962 or earlier. For more information, including Congregation dates, please contact the Praelector's Secretary, Mrs Frances Kentish.

Degree Certificates

If you have lost your degree certificate it is possible to order a new copy for £15 from the University.

Alumni Weddings & Partnerships

Weddings and Ceremonies at Pembroke College

With the Chapel at its heart, and with a tradition of life-long relationships, Pembroke is happy to host weddings and ceremonies for current and former members. Pembroke is an excellent place for these events, and they are a very important part of our shared community life.  If you have links with Pembroke, please do consider it for your wedding or ceremony. It is good to plan ahead, particularly if you are looking for a Summer Saturday. We aim to have only one such event on any given day, and it can get quite booked up. These are some of the most frequently asked questions:

Am I eligible?

The College policy is to host weddings, Ceremonies and receptions for current and former members, and those with close links to the college. We welcome:

  • All members of College (Current and Old)
  • All Fellows
  • The children of Current Fellows (including Emeritus and Bye)
  • All current Staff
  • The children of current staff.

  (By Statute, Weddings in Chapel happen at the discretion of the Dean, and the use of the Hall for a reception requires the permission of the Fellows in the College Meeting.)

How can I book a date?

This is often the most difficult thing to organise! It is best in the first instance to contact the Dean, James Gardom, who can discuss Chapel Weddings, Civil Ceremonies, venues and available dates. ( & 01223 338147) If you are just having a reception in College, he will indicate dates that are already booked, and refer you to the Catering Team

How much does it cost?

The College does not charge for Chapel Services (although donations to the College Charity – Pembroke House – are welcome). For Civil Ceremonies statutory charges apply, and are payable to the Registrar.

Civil Weddings and Partnerships

Pembroke College is licenced to host civil marriages and civil partnerships. We are able to host these events in the Old Library for up to 150 people, or in the Thomas Gray Room for up to 60 people. These numbers include the registrar and wedding couple. A fee of £400 is applicable when hosting a civil ceremony. The fee covers the costs of room hire, parking for two vehicles,   music system, signage and Butler service. For the cost of a Reception, please refer to our brochure. Do feel free to call the Catering Manager to discuss the options 01223 765964.

Travelling to the College

If you are travelling to Pembroke we would advise that you take advantage of the city's extensive public transport system, rather than travel by car, if at all possible.  Unfortunately, no car parking facilities are available in the College. You can download a PDF summarising with information on car parking, park and ride and current parking charges (correct as of 20 May 2016).

Car Parks

The nearest public car park is the Grand Arcade (formerly called Lion Yard), off Pembroke Street.  A list of car parks and charges can be found on Cambridge City Council's website.

Park & Ride

If you are in Cambridge for the day, there are five Park & Ride car parks on the outskirts of the city.  Further information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council's website.  Please note that it is not possible to leave a car overnight in a Park & Ride car park.

Trains & Buses

Trains run regularly from both London King's Cross and London Liverpool Street to Cambridge.  The train station is approximately twenty minutes walk from Pembroke.  There is a frequent bus service between the station and Drummer Street bus station by Emmanuel College. To plan a road journey to Cambridge, please visit our Maps & Directions page.