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Downing College has everything you need for a comfortable and memorable stay in historic Cambridge. Dating from the early 1800s, the College has a unique setting in Cambridge amidst 20 acres of lawns and trees. While the College environment itself is quiet and peaceful, the museums, shops and River Cam in the very heart of Cambridge are only a few minutes' walk away.

Downing College is an ideal location for visitors on a leisure break or in Cambridge on business. We have everything you need here for a relaxing and enjoyable overnight stay in a unique environment. 

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We provide an award-winning range of accommodation for leisure and conference guests. We are certain 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. 

Our spacious bedrooms are fully equipped for the modern day traveller. We offer the following facilities in all Superior Ensuite Bedrooms:

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Flat Screen Television
  • A Welcome Tray with tea and coffee making facilities
  • Modern ensuite bathrooms complete with towels and toiletries
  • Daily Servicing


Rooms are available to guests from 2.00pm on their day of arrival, and must be vacated by 10.00am on the day of departure. Subject to availability, guests may leave their luggage at the Porter's Lodge upon request. 

Access to the College is via the Main entrance on Regent Street. For security reasons, the pedestrian gate is closed at 11.00pm (sometimes earlier, depending on external activity). After this time, access can be gained by ringing the bell via the Porters’ Lodge, which is staffed 24 hours a day.

Please note that the College is unable to accept bookings for children under the age of 16 years or for Stag and Hen parties. Guests of 16 - 18 years must be accompanied by an adult (21 or over). Downing College does not offer twin bedrooms.

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"We had an excellent event at Downing! Everything was perfect. The lunch was really tasty. AV was so attentive and thoughtful - they really went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. Great day and I look forward to hosting future events at Downing."

Gates Cambridge Trust

"The conference and events team was wonderful to work with and provided us with an excellent service from start to finish.

Thank you!"

University of Cambridge Development & Alumni Relations

"The staff at Downing go above and beyond to look after us. I have used Downing as conference facilities, dinner and accommodation. I keep coming back and will continue to do so. Thank you Downing."

Judge Business School, Executive Education Learning


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Conference and Events Office
Downing College
Regent Street
Cambridge CB2 1DQ

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Mon – Fri, 8.30am – 5pm

+44 (01223) 334 860