We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Stanford University

Open Now: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (1,544)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“beautiful campus”(224 reviews)
“memorial church”(99 reviews)
“hoover tower”(114 reviews)
Breeding ground for Silicon Valley businesses. The founders of Hewlett Packard, Yahoo!, and Sun Microsystems all passed through the doors of this institution.
Open Now
Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
See all hours
450 Serra Mall, Palo Alto, CA 94305-2004
+1 650-723-2300
Reviews (1,590)
Filter reviews
1,150 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews beautiful campus memorial church hoover tower main quad football game visitor center walking tour palm trees book store stained glass windows entire campus world class cactus garden art museum silicon valley walk around san francisco
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 1,150 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This campus is stunning! The architecture, gardens, trees, church, Hoover tower, oval, grounds, buildings, grounds are all amazingly well cared for. I chose to do the golf cart tour to see and learn as much as I could. I was disappointed. The guide was friendly...More

Thank trish-doug
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth spending a day at the campus if you happen to visit MTV. Best way to visit is by taking a bus to Palo Alto or by Uber. I spent 2-3 hours just soaking in the serene atmosphere on campus. Stanford shopping centre is nearby...More

Thank DreamerDisha
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited while seeing a football game there. The campus is beautiful! The buildings are amazing looking and everyone was very nice.

Thank Valo54
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a wonderful inspiring campus to visit; even if you are not a student. The incredible Northern Californian weather adds to the beauty of the place; there is almost always clear blue skies as you walk around. The campus is large; don't miss the Museum...More

Thank RF2303
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fabulous campus and university, the city of Palo Alto is just beautiful! A great place to go to college!

Thank Tara326
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Haven't studied there but made 1 day tour. It was just impressive. All the faculties... and even a church. It was just great

Thank piotrh1982
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stanford is a must visit if you hace children any age. It’s campus is beautiful and for sure u will see a couple of wedding parties taking pictures. The gift shop is plentiful.. and u can enter just about all buildings to pick inside. We...More

Thank Culture31016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were taken around the campus by a 2nd-year student who was good. She was cheerful and was extremely pleasant to interact with. I was left a bit underwhelmed as we did not really dive deep into the alumni and the work that Stanford has...More

Thank Arjun P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Working at a university in the UK I thought it would be interesting to take one of the free walking tours around this famous university. We enjoyed it very much. We met at the visitor centre at the appointed time and there were so many...More

Thank 510richarde
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Enjoyed 3 days watching extremely high quality water polo with representative teams from 16 colleges and universities. There are two pools with one being really exceptional. We were at the other one which was of less quality but you know what...we could sit much closer...More

Thank HEH352
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 27 nearby hotels
The Clement Hotel
78 reviews
1.53 km away
The Westin Palo Alto
700 reviews
1.56 km away
Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
833 reviews
1.66 km away
Stanford Terrace Inn
208 reviews
1.85 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 387 nearby restaurants
Coupa Cafe
47 reviews
.31 km away
Cool Cafe
34 reviews
.58 km away
Stanford Bookstore Cafe
41 reviews
.33 km away
Ike's Place
20 reviews
.52 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 59 nearby attractions
Rodin Sculpture Garden
75 reviews
.52 km away
Cantor Arts Center
445 reviews
.59 km away
Anderson Collection at Stanford University
39 reviews
.64 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
October 13, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Bill G | Reviewed this property |
I would say to just avoid on campus driving and parking. I'd stay on the perimeter (maybe park at a shopping center) and walk in because parking is tight, traffic on campus is very slow with people arriving, and it takes... More
Pamela B
July 8, 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from djdullmackenzie |
Free tours daily at 11 and 3:15, 7 days, other than the first two weekends in Sept, last two weeks of December, and some major holidays. Free, no sign-up necessary. Expect huge tour crowds (150-300 people with multiple... More
Nancy F
June 11, 2016|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from L0ve2TravL4Fun | Reviewed this property |
You can easily just help yourself and do a self-guided tour. Otherwise participate in an official Campus Walking Tour and spend an hour with a student guide exploring the highlights of Stanford’s beautiful campus. A great... More