Downing College

(5 reviews) 5 5
Regent Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1DQ
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About Downing College

Regent Street, Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, CB2 1DQ

Downing College is a beautiful setting for a wonderful wedding celebration. The venue boasts elegant style and spectacular surroundings in a convenient central location. Downing College is set within 20 acres of stunning lawns and trees and located just half a mile from the impressive historic centre of Cambridge.

The College’s striking buildings date back to the 19thCentury, embracing a neo-classical style. The venue offers a fantastic selection of versatile function rooms which are licensed to hold civil ceremonies. Whether you are planning a grand occasion or a more intimate event, Downing College has the perfect space to accommodate your event. The Howard Building can hold up to 120 guests, while the West Lodge is ideal for smaller weddings with 40 guests. For your wedding breakfast, the College offers a choice of dining locations, from the classic College Hall to the West Lodge.

The beautiful college lawns and gardens provide a delightful spot for a relaxed drinks reception in the warmer summer months. The glorious setting also offers stunning backdrops for your important wedding photos.

You will enjoy the dedicated services of your own wedding co-ordinator who will guide you through your plans with a friendly, professional approach. We also offer our fantastic Downing College Wedding Package which can be tailored to suit smaller weddings if required.

Downing College also provides some of the finest accommodation in Cambridge, with a range of rooms to suit a variety of budgets. There are over 200 bedrooms with 150 en-suite rooms.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please get in touch.

• Dedicated wedding co-ordinator • Elegant, impressive venue set within beautiful gardens • Central location in historic Cambridge • Downing College Wedding Package • Licensed to hold civil ceremonies • Flexible venue with excellent service and facilities

Facilities at Downing College

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the City
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

Downing College Reviews (5)

A little hidden Jem
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By John Harradine, on 03 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 01 Jul 2017

You have just organised the wedding of my son, Buster to Santina (Barresi). It was a truly wonderful event with excellent food and very good overnight accommodation. The College and its facilities are of course exceptional - enhanced by a day of fine weather. 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.

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By Sam & Susan Lupton, on 08 Sep 2016Date of Wedding - 21 Aug 2016

We had the most perfect wedding day at Downing! All your wonderful organisation paid off fabulously. The venue looked stunning, the food was exquisite - please do thank and compliment your chef most warmly from us - the serving staff were attentive but not intrusive, and you personally co-ordinated all the different elements superbly. Our overnight guests enjoyed their lovely rooms and great breakfasts in that impressive hall, and both they and our day guests felt looked after by you and the porters wonderfully and were able to find their way around the site comfortably and happily in all respects. We have had so many positive comments from our guests who were all blown away by every detail of the day. When we receive our invoice we know we will feel every penny was very well spent. 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!
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By Nevin & Dan, on 16 Aug 2016Date of Wedding - 13 Aug 2016

Just a quick note before we board the plane to say a massive THANK YOU to you and everyone at Downing for a truly perfect wedding weekend. We had the best time, felt so supported and relaxed throughout the whole wedding and couldn't have asked for a better experience. We know that is all down to your hard work in the months, weeks and days leading up to Saturday, as well as on the day itself. All of our guests had so much fun and were so impressed by the college, staff and the food. The food was incredible!! Please pass on our deepest thanks to Mike. Also Lorna was an absolute rockstar, she made the evening run so smoothly and her team were great.

Kerry-Ann Grovell, Wedding Co-ordinator at Downing College responded to this review on 16/08/2016 15:52:07

Dear Nevin & Dan, What a complete joy to host your Wedding here at Downing College. I'm really pleased to hear you and your guests enjoyed the day and food. My mission is always to ensure you get to enjoy your Wedding day and I would say my mission was a complete success; I'm going to miss working with you both. On behalf of everyone at Downing College and myself, we would like to wish you both a very happy future together.

An Absolutely Fantastic Day
Venue Service

By Holly and Andrew Miller, on 08 Sep 2016Date of Wedding - 06 Aug 2016

Downing provided an absolutely fantastic day! They had a high attention to detail, throughout the months of planning beforehand and on the day itself. We were very impressed at their speed when replying to emails to every question we had and they were very happy to fulfil all our requests. They also took charge of coordinating the other suppliers (flowers, cake, evening entertainment and photographer) so that we did not have to deal with them at all on the 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!

Kerry-Ann Grovell, Events & Wedding Coordinator at Downing College responded to this review on 08/09/2016 10:21:32

Dear Holly & Andrew, Thank you so much for your email; I'm so happy to hear you really enjoyed your day. It was an absolute pleasure not only to help organise your Wedding Day but to be a part of it too. I wish you both all the happiness in your new marriage. Best Wishes

Perfect Civil Ceremony at Downing College
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By Linda Mousdale, on 21 Jun 2016

I'm mailing to thank you very much for coordinating my daughter's wedding service and drinks reception at Downing College last Saturday, 30th April. 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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