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Cambridge Union Society

Historic Cambridge Union Society
The Debating Chamber
The Keynes Library
Events At The Union

Home to the oldest debating society in the world, The Cambridge Union Society is a stunning Victorian Gothic building set in the heart of the historic city centre close to public transport and a great selection of city based hotels and accomodation.

The venue has a wide range of rooms on offer for meetings, conferences, corporate launches, weddings, private parties and more. The beautiful spaces are suitable for small meetings of 12 people to large conferences of 300.

All spaces are flexible with natural daylight, free WiFi, modern technical facilities and breakout space for your refreshments.

With an onsite bar and cafe, The Cambridge Union Society can provide a full event experience with friendly and professional service.

The Union also has a preferred list of local catering companies selected for their ability to adapt and can turn their talents to almost anything so if there is something that you have to have, just ask.

Our onsite 1815 Union Bar provides buffet lunches and tea and coffee's perfect for presentations and meetings and also offers a wide range of locals craft beers and delicious wines for your evening networking event or party.

Rooms and Accommodation

  • Rooms
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Breakout Areas

Theatre
Layout
Classroom
Layout
U-Shape
Layout
Boardroom
Layout
Cabaret
Layout
Dimensions
The Fairfax Rhodes Room
100
52
35
42
50
Width: 5m
Length: 20m
The Keynes Library
100
30
40
50
40
Width: 5m
Length: 23m
The Snooker Room
-
-
-
30
-
Width: 5.4m
Length: 13.6m
The Kennedy Room
30
30
25
30
-
Width: 7.5m
Length: 11.5m
The Garden Room
-
-
-
-
-
Width: 5m
Length: 9m

Dining Rooms

Max Diners
Room Width
Room Length
The Fairfax Rhodes Room
100
5m
20m
The Debating Chamber
150
18m
12m
The Snooker Room
30
5.4m
13.6m
The Garden Room
-
5m
9m

Main Meeting Rooms

Theatre Layout
Classroom layout
U-Shape Layout
Boardroom Layout
Cabaret Layout
Dimensions
The Debating Chamber
300
-
-
-
-
Width: 18m
Length: 12m
The Fairfax Rhodes Room
100
52
35
42
50
Width: 5m
Length: 20m
The Keynes Library
100
30
40
50
40
Width: 5m
Length: 23m
The Snooker Room
-
-
-
30
-
Width: 5.4m
Length: 13.6m
The Kennedy Room
30
30
25
30
-
Width: 7.5m
Length: 11.5m
The Garden Room
-
-
-
-
-
Width: 5m
Length: 9m

Weddings

Civil Licence
No
Maximum number for a Civil Ceremony
300
Maximum number for a Wedding Breakfast
150
Maximum number for an Evening Reception
300
Restrictions:

Green Initiatives

  1. Active recycling program, separating waste types
  2. The 1815 Bar uses local suppliers and ingredients where possible.
  3. Highly efficient, energy saving light bulbs in all rooms.
  4. All office staff use public transport or walk to work.

Did You Know?

  1. Cambridge Union Society is the oldest continuously running debating society in the world.
  2. The Union is legally a self-funded charity that owns and has control over its buildings in the Cambridge city centre.
  3. When bombed during WWII, the library was significantly damaged and some of the older books still display visible shrapnel wounds.
  4. Famous within the University for having a long, complicated constitution; a quick count puts the old constitution at 31,309 words!

How To Find Cambridge Union Society

9a Bridge Street
Cambridge
CB2 1UB