The Hall

Building of the Hall commenced in 1848 and was fully completed in 1850. It has a roof built to the medieval hammerbeam design, and a large tower with a niche holding a statue of King James I who granted the College its Foundation Charter in 1624. Decorated with portraits of the founders, other benefactors and former Masters of the College, the Hall is where most first year undergraduates and many others dine either formally or informally six nights a week. It is also the location for many important College events such as Freshers' Dinners, and Gaudies (College reunions).

The 36 heraldic shields around the roof represent former students, University Chancellors who were Visitors of Pembroke ex officio, Principals of Broadgates and Masters of the College, as well as other benefactors and Fellows. The stained glass windows represent the arms of Visitors, benefactors, Fellows and, most recently (1955), the regiments and other branches of the Services in which served the Pembroke men who fell in the Second World War.

The Hall and its associated kitchens were extensively refurbished during 2010-2011 in a project which included the creation of a purpose-built servery, installation of a lift to improve disabled access, underfloor heating and development of a new College bar in the undercroft.

When not in use by the College, the Hall may be hired for private dinners.  (Visit our Conferences pages for details).