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Find out more about applying for the Rhodes Scholarship

Find out more about applying for the Rhodes Scholarship


Rhodes House History

A hidden delight situated in the heart of Oxford, Rhodes House is a beautiful venue steeped in history.

Rhodes House will be open for events from late Spring 2023 after a major project to enhance our elegant central Oxford house and gardens with some of the country's most modern conferencing facilities.


Rhodes House was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, and was built between 1926 and 1928 on land purchased from Wadham College. A listed, grade II* building, Rhodes House itself reflects a number of influences: Cape Dutch farmhouse, English country mansion, and the arts and crafts movements of the 1900s.

Rhodes House is currently undergoing significant redevelopment to restore and conserve the elegant 1920s features of the building and create a light filled, technologically advanced conference centre beneath the principal rooms.

Adapting and transforming the architecture of Rhodes House reflects in built form the transformation we are undergoing as an organisation. It respects and acknowledges the past while looking to an open and progressive future.

The development will enhance the House with sympathetic alterations to ensure it remains a magical part of Oxford’s architecture and operates effectively and sustainably as a home for the Rhodes Trust and as a world class venue and facility for gathering and learning. 

Learn more about sustainability at Rhodes House