Founded in 1871, Newnham College, is the perfect combination of old and new. Traditional meeting rooms and a magnificent College Hall can be found in the old parts of the College whilst the recently opened Dorothy Garrod Building provides modern conference spaces, en suite accommodation and an incredible rooftop terrace. From residential conferences, day meetings, weddings to gala dinners, Newnham College offers a variety of event spaces and the dedicated and experienced events team are on hand to help ensure your event is a great success.


Five reasons to book Newnham College:

  • Located close to the city centre and set in 20 acres of beautiful gardens.
  • The College has a mixture of beautiful historic and contemporary buildings, with a wide selection of meeting rooms, the largest of which can take up to 150 delegates.
  • Up to 300 bedrooms, including 81 double en suite bedrooms available during the University's vacation period.
  • A stunning College Hall which seats up to 150 guests and offers an array of excellent cuisine.
  • A rooftop meeting/dining room, with its own terrace (for up to 100) offering incredible views across Cambridge.

Sustainable Fact

At Newnham College, no plastic is used in its catering outlets.

Venue Insight

We caught up with Melanie Searle, Conference Manager, to find out more about what this wonderful academic venue can offer for conferences and events...

Tell us a bit about your role...

No two days are the same that is for sure! In this very varied role, I oversee the office and the letting of all meeting/catering areas and bedrooms (out of term). Liasing with students, staff, external event planners galore, our office is certainly a busy hub of activity - whether we are planning a residential event, a wedding, a gala dinner or arranging accommodation. Add to this the many other projects I am involved with and the marketing side and it certainly is a great role! 

What has been your most memorable event?

There have been many memorable events over the years. But running my first wedding once we had started to come out of the lockdown period, and with restrictions still in place, was certainly one of the most challenging, but most satisfying events that I have run.

Tell us something we might not know about your venue...

You can now get married in the beautiful gardens at Newnham College.

What can you offer those looking for hybrid events?

We have the capabilities to run hybrid events, within our largest flat floor spaced meeting room - the Cynthia Beerbower and we are always looking at ways of improving our AV offerings. 

What can guests expect when attending an event?

If you are attending an event here - you will enjoy excellent cuisine and attentive service, set in one of the most beautiful of Cambridge settings. But don't take my word for it, check out feedback from our clients on our web page. 


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