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Downing College, Cambridge

Downing College, dating from the early 1800s, has a unique setting amidst 20 acres of lawns and trees. While the college environment itself is quiet and peaceful, the museums, shops and River Cam in the very heart of Cambridge is only a few minutes’ walk away. Downing College is an ideal location for visitors on a leisure break or in Cambridge on business. 

Their spacious bedrooms are fully equipped for the modern-day traveller, with facilities such as a flat screen television, a spacious desk and free Wi-Fi. A hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities are also provided and bedrooms are cleaned daily by the College Domestic Assistants. There is free car parking available within the grounds, subject to availability; please request when you are making your booking. 

Please note: The college is unable to accept bookings for children of 16 years and under, or for Stag and Hen parties. Guests of 16 - 18 years must be accompanied by an adult (21 or over). 

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) Onwards (no arrivals allowed outside this window)

Check Out: 06:00 (6:00am) - 09:30 (9:30am)

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Top Facilities

Free WiFi

Free Parking


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19th century buildings

Parking (free)

No smoking

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Tennis court



24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

Central heating


Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)


Downing College, Regent St, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB2 1DQ, United Kingdom

Guests should check in and out at the Porter’s Lodge, located at the entrance to the College on Regent Street. It is possible for guests arriving before 2.00pm or departing after 10.00am to leave a small amount of luggage at the Porters' Lodge.

On arrival all Guests are required under the Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972 to complete a registration form giving full name and address and nationality. Non UK guests will also be required to provide the number and place of issue of their passport, their nationality and their next destination. These records must be kept for at least 12 months and be available for inspection by any police officer. 

How to Find Us:

By Train: Downing College is situated about ¾ of a mile (15 minutes walk) from the station and is served by regular buses and taxis.

By Bus: Cambridge's main bus station, Drummer Street is only a 5 minute walk from the College.

Parking on site is free but is subject to availability, so please ensure you add a parking request to your reservation at the time of the booking in the "Additional information" section of the booking form. If parking isn't available we will contact you to suggest alternative parking facilities.


Benjamin W | 16/08/2019

Beautiful grounds, very comfortable rooms, a great location and a top breakfast. Really couldn't have asked for more. Very happy to recommend and I'll definitely be staying again!

Werner G | 04/08/2019

We enjoed our stay at Downing College very much; thank's to all, especially the staff.

Deidre M | 18/07/2019

Excellent en-suite room in very beautiful grounds conveniently located for other key Cambridge sites. The Porter's Lodge was very helpful.

Lorraine F | 14/07/2019

Amazing service from Speedybooker and Downing College thank you

Helen M | 07/07/2019

Porters at Porter's Lodge all extremely friendly and welcoming and helpful. Lovely Breakfast in beautiful surroundings.

Simon K | 05/07/2019

Lovely room, lovely welcome

Robyn W | 07/09/2018

Thank you. Excellent stay. Appreciate the car park, and excellent service from the Porters Office.

Gaik Lin N | 07/09/2018

Love the rooms and the view and ambience of the dining hall . Will certainly stay again

Anna O | 23/08/2018

Lovely surroundings and so central to main attractions.

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