Mary Ward Centre

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The first thing you will notice about the Mary Ward Centre is the stunning Georgian building, in the peaceful surroundings of Queen Square. An adult education centre with a difference, whatever you want to learn, you’ll find it here. From art to zumba, computing to counselling, there are plenty of short courses to get involved in. With its own roof garden cafe, the Mary Ward Centre is a popular choice for learners all over London. We particularly like the over 60’s programme, something that proves you really are never too old to try something new!


The Mary Ward Centre, in the heart of London, is a specialist adult education college offering a wide range of part-time courses in the daytime, evenings and at weekends in subjects that have relevance for work, personal growth or just for fun.

Every year 7,000 Londoners choose to study at the Mary Ward Centre, also known as the friendly place to learn. The courses available are at all levels from introductory to challenging and are taught by experienced tutors. Day, evening and weekend options of varying length help ensure a time convenient for any schedule. From art to Anatomy, Yoga to Excel, we have a course for you.

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For information on Exhibitions, Festivals & Music Performances check out our News & Events section on the Mary Ward Centre website: News 


Queens Square houses our Art and Sculpture studios, various classrooms all with modern technology as well as original Georgian features, and a hall for music practice and performances. Here you will also find our very popular vegetarian café and a roof garden, which are open when the Centre is open – weather permitting in the case of the roof garden.

Great Turnstile is located closer to the business sector of Holborn. 10GT has large and airy classrooms and purpose-built basement movement and dance studios – The Robert Rich Studios – named after a former resident of the Mary Ward Settlement.


42 Queens Square WC1N 3AQ

The Mary Ward Adult Education Centre is housed in the centre of London, namely in WC1; in two inter-connecting Georgian family houses. The building is easily recognisable by its twin Georgian white doors and overlooks the gardens of the square opposite. It is a short walk away from Holborn and Russell Square tube stations. 

10 Great Turnstile, London WC1V 7JU

10 Great Turnstile (10GT) is a 1980s former office block, now transformed to provide more classroom space for the Centre and also offices for our sister organisation, the Mary Ward Legal Centre. Near Holborn tube station.

Student story

Paul popped into the Mary Ward Café for a coffee 18 months ago, picking up the prospectus on his way out. Little did he know that this year he would be one of nine artists contributing in an exhibition in Shoreditch as part of the completion of the Advanced Practice Art and Design course. Paul considers The Mary Ward to have been a lifeline giving him the confidence to move forward.

He says of Mary Ward "I am very fond of the place, I like the whole way it is set up, to give people a chance. The tutor Lara was very sensitive with her teaching; with always something valuable to say…All the staff have been fantastic…”

Equality & Diversity

At the Mary Ward Centre, equality and diversity is central to the creation of a fair organisation where everybody can take part and fulfil their potential free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. It is about advancing equality of opportunity to all. Diversity is about respecting, valuing and celebrating all people as individuals. It is also about fostering good relations among diverse groups of people. At the Mary Ward Centre, equality and diversity has a long history, dating from our foundation by Mrs Humphrey Ward (Mary Ward), and her idea of “equalisation”. For More Info

Fees & funding

Course fees vary according to the length, the cost of running the course and the level of subsidy. It is possible to pay by instalments for some courses. For students who receive JSA/ESA or who are unemployed & receiving a means tested benefit some courses may be FREE. Overseas students are not eligible for subsidy by the SFA, and are charged twice the standard fee. If your employer is paying for you; the fee is 50% more than the standard fee.

The 24+ Loan is available for some qualification courses.

We also have a Student Support Fund for students who need help with fees or other costs of studying, such as travel, materials or childcare.

How to enrol

The easiest way to enrol is via our secure online booking service. We are open for enquiries at our main site, 42 Queen Sqaure, 9.30AM - 8PM weekdays and 10AM - 4.30PM Saturdays during term times except on bank holidays. Online, postal, and fax enrolments are available to full fee payers only.

You can pay with a credit/debit card, cheque (or cash in the case of personal enrolments)

Classes marked * have an approval or interview process.

If seeking the concessionary fee, proof of entitlement must be provided before you can enrol. Your proof must be dated within the last six months. Personal enrolment is advised when seeking a concessionary fee.

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Addresses for Mary Ward Centre

Mary Ward Centre 42 Queen Square LONDON CAMDEN WC1N 3AQ Show on map
Blackfriars Settlement 1 Rushworth Street London SE1 0RB Show on map
Mary Ward Centre - Great Turnstile Location 10 Great Turnstile LONDON CAMDEN WC1V 7JU Show on map


Introduction to Diet and Nutrition part 1

Introduction To Diet And Nutrition Part 1

Mary Ward Centre

by Jo - March 2016

This is a fabulous course by Ellie Holly, herbalist and nutrition therapist. It covers loads of really important issues...


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by Olga - December 2015

Mary Ward is a lovely place to learn. Pilates tutor is very professional and caring. I love the venue...


Lunchtime Pilates

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by Olga - December 2015

Mary Ward is a lovely place to learn. Pilates tutor is very professional and caring. I love the venue...

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