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Peterhouse

Peterhouse
The Henry Cavendish Room
The Peterhouse Theatre
Deer Park
F4 Seminar Room
Outdoor space

Peterhouse is the oldest of the Cambridge colleges, founded by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely in 1284 and granted its charter by King Edward I. It remains the smallest college in terms of number of Fellows and students, but as the late Noel Annan put it in his 1999 survey of the universities and society, The Dons, this small College has always had "an intellectual influence … out of all proportion to [its] size".

Peterhouse gardens and grounds achieved fame in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries enclosing the smallest deer park in England and still provide a peaceful haven and a delightful walk to the recently listed William Stone Building (1964) and St Peter's Terrace (1851) where most conference guests are accommodated.

Whatever your requirements for your event, Peterhouse can offer a wide range of attractive function rooms, including our historic Theatre, available individually or in any combination.

Our venues offer scope for a variety of seating/table layouts. The College can provide the full range of standard AV equipment and presentational aids, as well as refreshments throughout the day.

Peterhouse has, for generations, enjoyed an enviable reputation for the high standards of its food and wine. To complete the experience, your lunch or dinner is served on crested tableware by the Fellows’ Butlers in one of our various historic, candle-lit College dining rooms.

We offer a range of menus, all prepared with care and using only the finest, locally sourced ingredients. It is also possible to tailor your own menu, in consultation with our Catering Manager. Menus include a good choice of vegetarian dishes and, given sufficient notice, we can cater for most special dietary requirements.

The College’s extensive cellars provide a range of options, both for pre-dinner drinks and to accompany your meal

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Rooms and Accommodation

  • Rooms
  • Accommodation
  • Outside Spaces
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Bedroom

Breakout Areas

Theatre
Layout
Classroom
Layout
U-Shape
Layout
Boardroom
Layout
Cabaret
Layout
Dimensions
Henry Cavendish Room
-
-
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16
-
Width: 5.03m
Length: 6.03m
Lubbock Room
60
30
-
40
36
Width: 5.85m
Length: 15.13m
Seminar Room F4
-
-
-
14
-
Width: 4.45m
Length: 5.3m
Seminar Room F5
-
-
-
10
-
Width: 3.63m
Length: 5.3m
Friends of Peterhouse Seminar Room
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-
-
16
-
Width: 4.33m
Length: 7.95m
The Theatre
180
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-
-
-
Width: 11.5m
Length: 13m
The Upper Hall
46
20
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22
-
Width: 8.16m
Length: 8.58m

Dining Rooms

Max Diners
Room Width
Room Length
Henry Cavendish Room
16
5.03m
6.03m
Dining Hall
110
7.7m
14.68m
Combination Room
60
-
-
Fellows' Garden
100
-
-

Main Meeting Rooms

Theatre Layout
Classroom layout
U-Shape Layout
Boardroom Layout
Cabaret Layout
Dimensions
Peterhouse Theatre
180
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-
-
-
Width: 11.5m
Length: 13m
Henry Cavendish Room
-
-
-
16
-
Width: 5.03m
Length: 6.03m
Lubbock Room
60
30
-
40
36
Width: 5.85m
Length: 15.13m
Seminar Room F4
-
-
-
14
-
Width: 4.45m
Length: 5.3m
Seminar Room F5
-
-
-
10
-
Width: 3.63m
Length: 5.3m
Friends of Peterhouse Seminar Room
-
-
-
16
-
Width: 4.33m
Length: 7.95m
The Upper Hall
46
20
-
22
-
Width: 8.16m
Length: 8.58m

Outside Space

Peterhouse Accommodation

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The College has up to 100 rooms available for conference letting, all set in the historic surroundings of the main site, overlooking the gardens and in close proximity to the catering facilities and meeting rooms.

All rooms are centrally heated and comfortably furnished, with single beds, wardrobes, desks and comfortable chairs. Some rooms have en suite showers, while in other cases bath and shower-rooms for shared use are located nearby. Linen and towels are provided, along with tea/coffee making facilities, and rooms can be serviced daily except at weekends.

Single Standard
110 Rooms
Single en suite
25 Rooms
Total
159 Rooms

Peterhouse Outside Spaces

Weddings

Civil Licence
No
Maximum number for a Civil Ceremony
Not Applicable
Restrictions
No amplified music due to the historic nature of the buildings.
Maximum number for a Wedding Breakfast
110
Maximum number for an Evening Reception
Not Applicable
Additional Information

Green Initiatives

  1. The College are working to reduce and, where possible, remove the use of single-use plastic and other disposables.
  2. The College have signed up to the Sustainable Fish Cities Pledge.
  3. Free range eggs from Suffolk are used.
  4. The college aims to support the local community and where possible employ services of local trades.

Did You Know?

  1. Peterhouse is the oldest of the Cambridge colleges, founded by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely in 1284.
  2. As well as being the oldest, Peterhouse is the smallest college in terms of number of Fellows and students.
  3. Peterhouse’s largest garden is called the Deer Park, although there have been no deer since the early 1930s.
  4. The total count of Petrean Nobel Laureates is five.

How To Find Peterhouse

Peterhouse
Cambridge
CB2 1RD