Downing College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Historic Cambridge University College sleeping 20 for B&B with function rooms for celebrations and business events

Holiday rental for small groups of adults for leisure or business
Downing College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, sleeps 5-20 in 20 bedrooms.

Located in 20 acres of grounds right in the heart of Cambridge, Downing College offers a range of single, twin and double bedded en suite rooms available to groups during the long summer holiday of July, August and September as well as selected dates in April and December. We would like you to be aware that we do not accept bookings for 'Stag' and 'Hen' parties and children 'under 16' at this venue.

The bedrooms are furnished to a high standard offering tea and coffee facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi and modern en suite bathrooms complete with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.

Here you can enjoy a unique Cambridge College experience where a full English breakfast is served in the College Hall which dates back to the 19th Century with views of the Fellows Private Garden. Guests can enjoy relaxing walks around the beautiful College grounds where they can admire the Agora outside the Maitland/Robinson Library.

Easily accessible by road, rail and bus, the College is just minutes’ walk away from the historic centre of Cambridge and the modern Grand Arcade Shopping Centre offering a wide variety of High Street stores and Cafes. Additionally Downing is surrounded by a number of world renowned museums such as the Fitzwilliam and Sedgewick Museums. Visitors can enjoy punting on the famous River Cam and learn all about the history of Cambridge and the colleges all within a 10 minute walk from the grounds.

At the College we are able to accommodate B&B guests, Conference Meetings, Business Groups, Private Dining, Celebration Dinners and Wedding Receptions. Please call our Conference Team for further information on availability and prices.


We do not offer self-catering facilities. All rooms come equipped with tea and coffee making facilities.
A full English Breakfast will be served in the neo-classical Greek Revival style College Hall from 8.00-9.30am.
Lounge facilities are not available to groups. Guests are welcome to use The Lord Butterfield Café as a place to gather for a coffee and a snack.
Our Superior and Standard en suite bedrooms are equipped with TVs as standard.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the bedrooms to all our guests.
We have an on-site Gym; please register and check opening times/availability with the Porters' Lodge upon arrival.
All rooms have central heating.
Our guest rooms range from Single Study Bedrooms with shared facilities to Superior Double Bedded en suite rooms for single or double occupancy.
Bed linen, duvets and towels are provided in all our bedrooms with the addition of bathrobes and slippers in the superior en suite rooms.
All of our en suite bathrooms are fitted with bath/shower rooms along with complimentary toiletries.
We have a small number of disabled access bedrooms fitted with wet room facilities. Please advise us at the time of booking to ensure availability.
We can only accommodate adults over the age of 18 or young people from 16 years if accompanied by an adult. The College is not suitable for children.
The College grounds offer a relaxing and tranquil setting. You can enjoy a walk around the historical site or quiet reflection in the Gardens.
We do not have swimming pool facilities at the College.
Free on-site parking is limited, please check availability at the time of booking.
Smoking is not permitted in bedrooms or on site, except in designated smoking areas. A map will be provided for you on arrival.
Dogs are not allowed into the College, but in some cases we may allow Assistance Dogs. Please contact us for more details.


Centrally located and is within easy reach of the City Centre. With good access from the M11, A14 and A10.
Downing College is situated in the heart of Cambridge.
With less than a 5 minute walk from the busy town centre there is plenty to do and see in Cambridge. The Grand Arcade is famous for interesting bespoke and high street shopping.
Downing College is surrounded by lively bars, pubs and restaurants on Regent Street. Cuisine varies from Italian, Chinese and Greek with many well known restaurant chains a short walk away.

Booking Information

After making your booking you will be sent an Accommodation Booking Form along with our T&C's. A 10% non-refundable deposit will be charged to secure the reservation. Check-in time is 14.00 hours and rooms should be vacated by 10.00 hours. Further details are available from the Conference Office.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

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Cambridge Train Station has a direct line from London Kings Cross and Liverpool Street Station. Downing College is situated 3/4 miles from the station and is a 5 minute taxi journey or 15 minute walk.
The main bus station on Drummer Street is a 5 minute walk to the College with many services offering Park and Ride facilities to surrounding towns.
Less than 30 miles away from Stansted airport with access into Cambridge by taxi or bus.

Rental Rates

PeriodDates3 Night Weekend2 Night WeekendMidweek per night
Double Superior en suite B/B sleeps 2
1st Jan 17 to 31st Dec 17
Single Superior en suite B/B sleeps 1
1st Jan 17 to 31st Dec 17
Double Superior en suite B/B sleeps 1
1st Jan 17 to 31st Dec 17
Twin bedded Standard en suite B/B sleeps 2
1st Jan 17 to 31st Dec 17
Single Standard en suite B/B sleeps 1
1st Jan 17 to 31st Dec 17
Single Study Room B/B sleeps 1 (shared bathroom)
1st Jan 17 to 31st Dec 17

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Downing College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Conference Office

+44 (0)1223 334 860
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