Downing College is delighted to announce that it will be reopening for events from the beginning of July offering a full range of services for meetings, residential conferences, private dining, accommodation and social events. The College provides an ideal location for events with spacious meeting rooms and exclusive-use buildings, superb cuisine and excellent customer service all set within 20 acres of lawns and grounds in the centre of Cambridge.

Hold your event outside

Set amidst 20 acres of lawns and trees, the neo-classical buildings and surroundings of Downing College provide the perfect backdrop for range for a wide range of external events. Why not take advantage of the sunny weather and take your event outside!

The Downing grounds offer space for drinks receptions on the Fellows' Lawn or a BBQ on the West Lodge Gardens, and also work very well in tandem with any of our conference facilities, the West Lodge rooms or the Hall.

Book a Staycation in Cambridge

Visitors to Cambridge can experience University life by booking accommodation at Downing College which is offering Bed and Breakfast over the summer months. Guests can stay in a hotel-standard superior en suite bedrooms, looking out over the attractive grounds. Dating from the early 1800s, the College has a unique setting amidst 20 acres of lawns and trees. While the College environment itself is quiet and peaceful, the museums, shops and River Cam, in the very heart of Cambridge, are only a few minutes' walk away.

All bedroom have private modern bathrooms complete with toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities; flat screen television and complimentary WiFi. A full English breakfast is served daily in the Neo-Classical Hall and complimentary on-site parking is also available, please request at the time of the booking. Visit the College’s web site to check availability and make a booking.

Downing College Conference and Events holds the AIM Secure certification, the enhanced national quality accreditation for venues, launched by the sector’s leading trade association for business, meetings and events, the Meetings Industry Association. The standard highlights dedication to offering an environment that is healthy and hygienic as well as a commitment to do the very best for both customers and staff. This features vital infection prevention and control protocols whilst demonstrating service level commitments and compliance with current corona virus legislation.

The College will continue to monitor and act on advice from the UK Government, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation, regarding precautions on COVID-19 and will adjust these standards accordingly.

The Conference and Events Team are looking forward to welcoming you back to Downing College, please contact conference@dow.cam.ac.uk or 01223 334 860 to discuss your event requirements in more detail.