Downing College’s elegant style, beautiful gardens, peaceful surroundings and convenient central Cambridge location make us an ideal venue for your wedding day. We offer wedding venue facilities during the long summer vacation.
Licensed for civil ceremonies, we can cater for up to 120 guests in the Howard Building or up to 40 in the West Lodge. The college lawns and gardens are ideal for summer drinks receptions and you have a choice of dining locations from the grand classical College Hall to the smaller intimate rooms of the West Lodge. You may carry on into the evening with bar facilities in both the Hall and the Howard Building.
We offer a special Downing College Wedding Package. Alternatively, if your numbers do not meet the minimum requirements we would be happy to tailor make a bespoke Wedding Package to suit your needs.
You will have the services of a dedicated wedding coordinator to guide you through the planning and details of your special day who will be committed to making this your day to remember offering a friendly but professional service.
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We had the most perfect wedding day at Downing! The venue looked stunning, the food was exquisite, the serving staff were attentive but not intrusive, and our Wedding Coordinator, Kerry-Ann 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 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.Susan & Sam Lupton Bride & Groom
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! Holly and Andrew MillerHolly & Andrew Miller Bride & Groom