Conferences & Meetings

Downing College offers an excellent Cambridge conference centre and flexible meeting facilities. Facilities range from small boardroom set ups in our meeting rooms, to larger theatre-style layouts in the Howard Theatre and Howard Building for up to 160 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 Lecture 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. In the future we hope to offer a sustainable conference facility within the Howard Conference Centre comprising the Howard Theatre, the Howard Building and Howard Lodge.

Catering Facilities

We offer a selection of catering services with menus ranging from a simple working lunch to a full banquet-style gala dinner. Executive Chef, Michael Penny has prepared our menus using locally-sourced ingredients where possible.


Downing College is located perfectly; the centre of Cambridge is just a short walk from our main gates and Cambridge Rail Station is less than a mile away. Car parking is offered within the College grounds.

Conference Brochure

Download our conference brochure (2.6 MB) in PDF format or contact us to request a hard copy.

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