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St John's College

This attractive 450 year old room retains its original fire place, the event space suited for private dining or drinks receptions.
Wordsworth Room
A traditional private dining room set for an event with views of St John's College Chapel.
Parsons Room
St Johns College view from the Backs overlooking New Court. This is an ideal place to hold outside drinks receptions.
New Court
The Old Divinity School lecture theatre, an ideal setting for conferences, lectures and presentations.
Main Lecture Theatre Old Divinity School
Views of Chapel Court over looking the College Library
Chapel Court
St John's College iconic 'Bridge of Sighs', built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college's Third Court and New Court.
Bridge of Sighs

A combination of the traditional and the modern, the 16th and 17th Century courts blend attractively with the 20th Century Cripps and Fisher Buildings. The renowned Bridge of Sighs leads to the 19th Century Gothic New Court which stands at the end of an expanse of grass and trees beside the river.

St John’s College is one of the largest of the University’s residential Colleges. The serene atmosphere of the ancient courts is complemented by the comfort, spaciousness and convenience of its modern accommodation. The Fisher Building, opened during the summer of 1988, has several meetings rooms and a large 250 seat lecture theatre, all of which are equipped with the very latest audio-visual and presentation technology.

The College prides itself on a reputation gained over the years for excellent standards of cuisine - from the most formal banquet to an intimate dinner party - a wide choice of menus is available for every occasion and special diets can be catered for.

St John's College offers: a magnificent, 16th Century hall with a hammer-beam roof and fine old linen-fold panelling, ideal for large sit-down functions (seats 350 in comfort and up to a maximum of 500 for receptions and buffets); the Parsons Room, a delightful beamed room, seating up to 16 for intimate dinner parties, or up to 28 for a stand-up buffet reception; the Wordsworth Room, an attractive room, ideally suited for functions between 20 to 50 sitting down, or up to 70 for a stand-up buffet reception.

A set of banqueting menus and wine list can be supplied upon request.

Rooms and Accommodation

  • Rooms
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Bedroom

Breakout Areas

Theatre
Layout
Classroom
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U-Shape
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Boardroom
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Cabaret
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Dimensions
Spacious Seminar Room with windows around the room, it is a light space for day meetings.
Boys Smith Room
50
20
25
30
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The foyer area has excellent views of the college grounds, suitable for registrations, receptions, and small exhibitions
Foyer Area
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A modern, purpose-built auditorium seating up to 250 with full audio-visual equipment and large stage.
Palmerston Room
250
30
45
45
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A spacious and modern Seminar Room set theatre style, suitable for a range of events.
Castlereagh Room
50
20
25
30
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A traditional room set for a private dinner, the chandeliers, grand fire place and portraits add charm and character.
Wordsworth Room
40
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22
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The Parsons room has wooden beams, and paned windows over looking College grounds, it is an intimate event space for hire.
Parsons Room
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Dark wooden panelling, chandelier and fire place, a charming setting for drinks, receptions and light finger buffets.
Old Music Room
40
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Dining Rooms

Max Diners
Room Width
Room Length
The foyer area has excellent views of the college grounds, suitable for registrations, receptions, and small exhibitions
Foyer Area
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This attractive 450 year old room retains its original fire place, the event space suited for private dining or drinks receptions. A traditional room set for a private dinner, the chandeliers, grand fire place and portraits add charm and character.
Wordsworth Room
50
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A magnificent, 16th Century building with a hammerbeam roof and fine old linen-fold panelling, a beautiful setting for gala dinners.
Dining Hall
300
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A traditional private dining room set for an event with views of St John's College Chapel. The Parsons room has wooden beams, and paned windows over looking College grounds, it is an intimate event space for hire.
Parsons Room
16
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Dark wooden panelling, chandelier and fire place, a charming setting for drinks, receptions and light finger buffets.
Old Music Room
60
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Main Meeting Rooms

Theatre Layout
Classroom layout
U-Shape Layout
Boardroom Layout
Cabaret Layout
Dimensions
Spacious Seminar Room with windows around the room, it is a light space for day meetings.
Boys Smith Room
50
20
25
30
-
Width: -
Length: -
The foyer area has excellent views of the college grounds, suitable for registrations, receptions, and small exhibitions
Foyer Area
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Width: -
Length: -
A modern, purpose-built auditorium seating up to 250 with full audio-visual equipment and large stage.
Palmerston Room
250
30
45
45
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Width: -
Length: -
A spacious and modern Seminar Room set theatre style, suitable for a range of events.
Castlereagh Room
50
20
25
30
-
Width: -
Length: -
Dark wooden panelling, chandelier and fire place, a charming setting for drinks, receptions and light finger buffets.
Old Music Room
40
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Width: -
Length: -

St John's College Accommodation

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There is a choice of single and twin-bedded rooms, each with central heating, wash basin, tea and coffee making facilities, towels and toiletries. A considerable number of bedrooms are available with en suite facilities and all rooms have views that overlook the College grounds. Otherwise, bathrooms, WC's and shower rooms are shared between two or three delegates. Some ground floor rooms are available for delegates with minor disabilities.

Beds are made and the rooms are serviced daily. Children under the age of 16 cannot be accommodated in College.

Twin en suite bedroom with lounge space, desk, tea and coffee making facilities, the perfect retreat for conference residents.
Twin en Suite Bedroom
70 Rooms
Single en suite bedroom, suitable for conference accommodation, with ea and coffee making facilities, towels and toiletries.
Single en Suite Bedroom
110 Rooms
Total
250 Rooms

Weddings

Civil Licence
No
Maximum number for a Civil Ceremony
Not Applicable
Maximum number for a Wedding Breakfast
250
Maximum number for an Evening Reception
Not Applicable
Restrictions:
No amplified music or dancing. No Marquees allowed within the grounds.

Green Initiatives

  1. The College uses plant-based cleaning chemicals, and are the first University College in England to use this product.
  2. Cereal bars, juices, bread and some other products are sourced locally.
  3. No straws are available in the College.
  4. The College composts all plant based disposables.

Did You Know?

  1. The site of what is now the College was once home to a monastery.
  2. In the 19th century, the College expanded across the River Cam, with the construction of its famous Bridge of Sighs and New Court.
  3. Former students include Nobel Prize winners, Prime Ministers, scientists, artists, and leaders in business and industry.
  4. The Chapel was designed by George Gilbert Scott in the 1860's.

How To Find St John's College

St John's College
Cambridge
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