Enhancing Your Stay

A guide to the history and architecture of Downing College

View or download our architectural tour (PDF)

A brief guide to the history and architecture of Downing College – learn about the history of the College, the many buildings on the 20-acre site and the famous alumni and benefactors they were named after.

Sports & Leisure

The College has a small but modern gym facility, located behind the Howard Theatre, which may be used by conference guests. Before using the gym, you must sign the disclaimer form, obtainable from the Porters’ Lodge. For health and safety reasons, there must be at least two people using the gym at any one time.

There are two outdoor tennis courts situated by the Singer Building. These may be used by arrangement with the Porters Lodge. For your information the College does not hire out sports equipment; if you would like to use these facilities, please bring your own equipment.

The Cambridge Experience

Cambridge gives visitors a unique experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It is the quintessential English destination with ancient courts and halls sitting alongside contemporary award-winning buildings.

With 800 years of history, visitors can tread in the steps of famed alumni such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, William Wordsworth and Samuel Pepys.

Cambridge offers a calm, comfortable, distraction-free location, where delegates can focus on meeting's agenda and then enjoy unusual spaces for break-outs and refreshments in immaculate gardens that are perfect for relaxing or networking.

Delegates can enjoy such activities as punting on the River Cam, taking a guided walking tour of the city which is compact and easy to walk around or attending Choral Evensong in King’s College Chapel.

Historically, international events hosted in Cambridge attract greater delegate numbers than other destinations. Interesting landmarks, museums and galleries give delegates the opportunity to enjoy a rich and varied social programme too.