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Last update: November 2023
Downing College is a historic wedding venue set within 20 acres of stunning lawns and trees just half a mile from Cambridge's enchanting centre in Cambridgeshire. A beautiful setting for a wonderful wedding celebration, the 19th-century building, boasts elegant style and spectacular surroundings in a convenient central location. Embraced by a neo-classical style, you can enjoy ample flexibility and beauty, whether you seek a grand occasion or a more intimate event.
Facilities and Capacity
Downing College offers a fantastic selection of versatile function rooms licensed to hold civil ceremonies. The Howard Building can hold up to 120 guests, while the West Lodge is ideal for smaller weddings with 40 guests. The college offers a choice of dining locations for your wedding breakfast, from the classic College Hall to the West Lodge. Meanwhile, the idyllic college lawns and gardens provide a delightful spot for a relaxed drinks reception in the warmer summer months. Moreover, they feature a wealth of stunning backdrops for those all-important wedding photos. For weekend weddings or overnight stays, the venue also provides some of the finest accommodation in Cambridge, including a range of ensuite rooms to suit a variety of budgets. The College and its facilities are available throughout the summer months of July and August. Please note Downing only hosts weddings for College alumni, Fellows, current members and staff.
Downing College is now fully booked for 2024 but we would be delighted to speak with you about your wedding plans for 2025 and beyond.
At Downing College, you can enjoy the dedicated services of a personal wedding coordinator, who will guide you through your plans with a friendly, professional approach. Under their care, you can make the most of the venue's signature wedding package, which can be tailored to suit smaller weddings if required. Features include:
- Exclusive hire
- Sparkling Wine and soft drinks on arrival
- A four-course wedding breakfast
- Coffee and petit fours
- Champagne for the toast
- A wedding cake stand and knife
- An overnight stay in the superior guest room
- Complimentary Parking (subject to availability)
- A croquet garden game set
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A little hidden Jem
What really made the whole event extra special was the staff. This included everyone we came into contact from domestic staff to the porters and everyone connected with the catering. Well done and thank you to everyone for making a special day that bit more memorable.
Thank you too for handling Madeleine Bradley's lateness efficiently but with a light hand so we were not too alarmed during our important preparation phase. That allowed us to retain our cool and remain relaxed and happy, which was so important to the atmosphere of the whole day. And finally, thank you for staying long enough to see us sorted before you set off on your holiday. We really appreciated that and hope you have had a well deserved break.
Many, many thanks for all you did. It was a truly unforgettable, magical day.
What a Weekend!
An Absolutely Fantastic Day
The food was delicious and they catered to everyone’s dietary needs including gluten free, garlic allergies and even noticed on the day that one of the guests was pregnant and offered an alcohol free alternative to the sorbet course and to also cook her duck well done.
The grounds at Downing are stunning and provided a beautiful back drop to photos. Guests also enjoyed exploring the vast grounds in small groups whilst the band were setting up in the evening. In general, all guests expressed how much they enjoyed their day at Downing, especially those that chose to stay the nights around the wedding. Thank you to everyone at Downing who made the day so amazing!
Perfect Civil Ceremony at Downing College
Thank you for your patience and composure when the Registrar arrived late and for every aspect of the event, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Please thank your staff on our behalf for their precise timings and professionalism. The service, drinks, canapés and photo opportunities were perfect.
The bride and groom, Catherine and Max, are former students of the college and your attention to detail ensured they had an ideal wedding in the college where they first met.
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