Conferences & Meetings

Downing College offers a superb conference centre and flexible meeting facilities in the heart of Cambridge. Facilities range from small boardrooms to larger theatre-style layouts in the Howard Theatre and Howard Building for up to 150 delegates.

While giving the impression that the buildings are spread over acres of space, it is surprising how compact the College domus is with accommodation, conference rooms and dining rooms adjacent to each other.

The Howard Conference Centre

The Howard Theatre and the Howard Building Assembly Room are fitted with a full range of the most up-to-date presentation equipment. The Howard Theatre has been built to meet current environmental standards with a ground-source heating system and solar power to heat water in the building. Downing College is committed to working sustainably, complying fully with environmental legislation and officially approved codes of practice. 

Catering Facilities

We offer a selection of catering services with menus ranging from a simple Working Lunch to a full Gala Dinner. Executive Chef, Steve Wade, has prepared our menus using locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal food from sustainable sources.


Downing College is located perfectly; the centre of Cambridge is just a short walk from our main gates and Cambridge Rail Station is just 15 minutes' walk away. Car parking is offered within the College grounds though subject to availability. 

Conference Brochure

View our Conference Brochure or to receive a hard copy, please contact us.