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Downing College

Neoclassical Style, Elegance and Spaciousness
20 Acres Of Land In The Heart Of The City
Superb Conference Centre and Flexible Meeting Facilities
Downing College Conference Team
Award Winning Heong Gallery
Grandeur and Elegance

Downing College sits amidst 20 acres of lawns and trees, yet it is within half a mile of the historic centre of Cambridge. The buildings date back to the beginning of the 19th century and are predominantly neo-classical in style conveying a sense of elegance and spaciousness.

Downing College offers a flexible venue with facilities suitable for Conferences, Meetings, Weddings, Drinks Reception and Gala Dinners.

Downing College is proud to offer award winning range of accommodation for B&B and Conference guests. The College has been named the winner of the Cambridge BID ‘Best Customer Service’ award in the ‘University B&B’ category in 2016 and again in 2018.

Using seasonal, organic and where possible locally-sourced produce, Executive Head Chef Stephen Wade and his team provide high-quality restaurant standard cuisine. Catering for a variety of events from canapés with drinks receptions to gala dinners in one of the College's function rooms, the dishes are perfectly prepared and exquisitely presented.

For conferences and events, the College offers a range of dining options from hot and cold buffets to a cafeteria lunch in the hall. With a variety of menus to choose from, warm, welcoming staff and an exceptional level of attention to detail, you can be assured to have a fun-filled dining experience that your guests will surely remember.

The College has an extensive wine cellar that offers a wide selection of wines carefully chosen for quality and value. The wines have been selected to accompany a variety of dishes, descriptions and pairings can be found on the Wine List.

Latest Offers

New Year Offer

New Year Offer

Downing College Conference and Events are delighted to offer an exclusive 50% discount on all conference and meeting rooms.
For events booked to take place between 6 January 2020 - 13 March 2020.
T&Cs and minimum numbers apply. Applicable for daytime events only.

Rooms and Accommodation

  • Rooms
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Bedroom

Breakout Areas

Theatre
Layout
Classroom
Layout
U-Shape
Layout
Boardroom
Layout
Cabaret
Layout
Dimensions
Tim Cadbury and Music Room
40
18
20
24
18
Width: 8m
Length: 11.5m
West Lodge and Maitland Room
40
-
20
24
-
Width: 8m
Length: 13m
Meeting Room 1
-
-
-
10
-
Width: -
Length: -

Dining Rooms

Max Diners
Room Width
Room Length
Hall
168
7m
20m
Grace Howard Room
80
10.5m
16m
Howard Building Drawing Room
80
3m
8m
West Lodge and Maitland Room
36
8m
13m

Main Meeting Rooms

Theatre Layout
Classroom layout
U-Shape Layout
Boardroom Layout
Cabaret Layout
Dimensions
Howard Theatre
160
-
-
-
-
Width: 9m
Length: 15m
Howard Building Assembly Room
150
60
35
46
64
Width: 9m
Length: 15m
Grace Howard Room
80
42
32
46
64
Width: 10.5m
Length: 16m
Tim Cadbury and Music Room
40
18
20
24
18
Width: 8m
Length: 11.5m
West Lodge and Maitland Room
40
-
20
24
-
Width: 8m
Length: 13m

Downing College Accommodation

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Downing College has everything you need for a comfortable and memorable stay in historic Cambridge. With shops, restaurants and bars minutes away Downing College offers the perfect mix of the thriving cosmopolitan city and the calmness and tranquility of the College lawns and gardens.

You will find everything you need at Downing College for a relaxing and enjoyable overnight stay in such a unique venue with an award winning range of accommodation for B&B and Conference guests. With a choice of Superior Single, Twin or Double en-suite bedrooms, you will find our facilities can give you everything you require for your stay. There are no restrictions on the length of stay, subject to availability, and all rooms are available from a minimum of one night.

Superior Double En Suite Bedroom
60 Rooms
Superior Single En Suite Bedroom
55 Rooms
Standard Single En Suite Bedroom
49 Rooms
Study Bedroom
50 Rooms
Total
169 Rooms

Weddings

Civil Licence
Yes
Maximum number for a Civil Ceremony
140
Maximum number for a Wedding Breakfast
168
Maximum number for an Evening Reception
168
Restrictions:
Please speak to our Wedding Co-ordinator for a list of restrictions the College has.

Green Initiatives

  1. The Howard Theatre is an environmentally-sustainable building with solar panels and rainwater harvesting for flushing toilets and maintaining the landscaping.
  2. Vegware products are available throughout the College. Vegware are plant-based catering disposables made from renewable, lower carbon or recycled materials.
  3. Members of the Wildlife Trust and won a Gardening at Work Award recognising efforts to encourage wildlife on their premises.
  4. There are two electric car charging points on-site for delegate use.

Did You Know?

  1. Founded in 1800, Downing was the only College to be added to Cambridge University between 1596 and 1869.
  2. A door from 10 Downing Street is currently in use at the College.
  3. John Cleese and Quentin Blake are both Alumni of Downing College.
  4. The College Boat Club’s Rowing Tank training facility is the first of its kind in the East of England.

How To Find Downing College

Downing College
Cambridge
CB2 1DQ