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Downing College

Neoclassical Style, Elegance and Spaciousness
West Range
Superb Conference Centre and Flexible Meeting Facilities
Downing College Conference Team
Heong Art Gallery
Grandeur and Elegance

Introduction

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.

Catering

Using seasonal, organic and where possible locally-sourced produce, Executive Head Chef Michael Penny 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.

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Breakout Areas

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Tim Cadbury and Music Room Tim Cadbury and Music Room 48 19 22 24 15 View Media
West Lodge and Maitland Room West Lodge and Maitland Room 40 - 22 22 - View Media

Dining Rooms

Max Diners Room Height Room Width Room Length
Hall Hall 168 - 7m 20m View Media
Grace Howard Room Grace Howard Room Grace Howard Room Grace Howard Room 80 - 10.5m 16m View Media
Howard Building Drawing Room Howard Building Drawing Room Howard Building Drawing Room 80 - 3m 8m View Media
West Lodge and Maitland Room West Lodge and Maitland Room 46 - 8m 13m View Media

Main Meeting Rooms

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Howard Theatre Howard Theatre 160 - - - - View Media
Howard Building Assembly Room Howard Building Assembly Room 150 60 35 46 64 View Media
Grace Howard Room Grace Howard Room Grace Howard Room 80 42 32 46 64 View Media
Tim Cadbury and Music Room Tim Cadbury and Music Room Tim Cadbury and Music Room Tim Cadbury and Music Room 48 19 22 24 15 View Media
West Lodge and Maitland Room West Lodge and Maitland Room West Lodge and Maitland Room 40 - 22 22 - View Media

Downing College Accommodation

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 here 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 Single En Suite Bedroom Superior Single En Suite Bedroom 55 Rooms View Media
Superior Double En Suite Bedroom Superior Double En Suite Bedroom 60 Rooms View Media
Total 169 Rooms

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Venue Address

Downing College
Cambridge
CB2 1DQ

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