At room temperature, [Ru(bpy)(2)(phen-CD)][PF6](2), (phen-CD is 6(A)-(5-amino-1, 10-phenanthroline)-6(A)-deoxy- beta-Cyclodextrin and bpy is 2,2'-bipyridine) exhibits an intense metal ligand charge transfer (MLCT) transition at 452 nm and a long lived luminescence, centred at 618 nm. We demonstrate, for the first time, that the luminescence quantum yield and lifetime of the Ru (II) polypyridyl centre depends markedly on the solution pH. The pH sensitive range extends from pH 3.9 to pH 13.2 and the luminescence quantum yield changes by more than 60% over this range. This pH sensitivity is attributed to protonation/deprotonation of the secondary amine group bridge between the phenanthroline unit and CD. The complex exhibits strong host-guest binding to anthraquinone and anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid, with concomitant quenching of the [Ru(bpy)(2)(phen-CD)](2+) excited state. This quenching arises from efficient intramolecular electron transfer. The sensitivity of this photoinduced process to the protonation state of the bridge is discussed.