Westminster College is a Grade II listed building. The college grounds contain two refurbished, self contained cottages that sleep 2 adults (1 double bed) each.


Westminster College is situated in the heart of Cambridge making it a good location for a leisure break or business trip. The college is easily accessible from major road networks. The city centre and its main attractions are within a 3-minute walk from the college, making this an ideal place to visit.

The college has two self-contained fully furnished cottages on site, on a self-catering basis, which are ideal for couples and are available for short or long stays. Cottages are available for a minimum of three nights.

The cottages are serviced on a daily basis between 9.00am and 1.00pm. If you wish to cancel your room being serviced, please inform the College Office and display your ‘Do not disturb sign’ on the door.

During your stay, the bed linen will be changed on the third day of your stay and towels will be changed if placed in the bath.

On-site car parking is, whilst free, very limited and is operated on a Pay and Display basis between 5pm and 8am. There is no parking available between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Where possible, guests are advised to utilise Madingley Road Park and Ride or alternative public car parks in the nearby vicinity.

History to the present day

Westminster College buildings were built in 1899 by the Presbyterian Church of England, to replace their existing one in London. The move to Cambridge was largely at the urging of two remarkable twin sisters, Margaret and Agnes Smith, whose portraits now hang in the main dining hall. The college is a Grade II listed building. Almost all the original work survives, with modern facilities sympathetically introduced.

The College is today a Theological College affiliated with Cambridge University with some 50 students; some in training for ministry in the Church.

Food and Drinks

Although the cottages are self-catering, breakfast is served daily within the main college dining hall. Subject to availability and providing 24 hours’ notice is given. Guests staying in the cottages can book breakfast in the main college dining hall at a cost of £9.95 per person for a full English or continental buffet breakfast. Please enquire on arrival.

Dietary requirements can be catered for if advised in advance.

Breakfast is served between 7.30am - 9.00am on weekdays, 7.30am - 9.30am on Saturday and 8.00am - 9.30am on Sunday.

Furthermore, depending on the date of your stay, lunch and dinner may be available at an additional cost. If you would like more information, please make your request in the additional information section of the booking form.

The Chefs take great pride in sourcing the finest seasonal ingredients from local suppliers, in a bid to actively promote sustainability. We have been awarded the highest rating of “Excellent 5 Stars” from Cambridge City Council for our food hygiene and cleanliness standards.

Many good restaurants, cafés and shops are within easy walking distance.

Grounds and gardens

The cottages are located within the back gardens of the college. The gardens are furnished with picnic benches and guests staying in the cottages are welcome to use the grounds subject to availability.

Other facilities

Free wireless internet connection in all cottages - please request a code from reception.

Coin operated launderette facilities and luggage storage available within the main college building.

Children 2 years or under are welcome to stay with their parent(s). When making a booking, please do so without including the child in the age category. However, please ensure you mention in the Additional Information section of the booking form that you are bringing your child plus travel cot, or whether you wish that we provide a travel cot for you. *  Please note that bed linen for the travel cot is not provided and you will need to bring your own.

*Subject to availability

There is sufficient space in the bedroom for a travel cot but not two. Please note there is no space for a travel cot to be set up in the Lounge area.

Guests are advised that the sofa in the lounge area is not a sofa bed.


18th century buildings

Breakfast (at additional cost)

Private car parking for a charge (on site)

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No smoking

Minimum age 18

Self Catering

3 Star Official Rating

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Garden furniture

Self-catering facilities


Luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Sitting room

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

Clothes dryer

Washing machine


Central heating

Food and Drinks

Self-catering facilities

Electric hob




Nearby recreations

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Minimum age 18

Westminster College Cottages, Cambridge - Reviews


Based on Based on 46 reviews
Service 4.7
Rooms 4.7
Food 1.5
Website 4.5
Value 4.5
Overall Experience 4.7

Very well located, only 3 minutes walk from the Round Church. And excellent facilities. The breakfast was not included in the price, but you could pay for it and have it on the university dining room. It is really worthwhile (and not too expensive)
Mr Francisco L

Comfortable and well equipped accommodation, convenient location in character surroundings and very helpful reception staff. Would certainly book again.
Mr steve H

staff very helpful. Location excellent. parking excellent.
Ms Sue B

Very convenient for walking into the town, arriving from the West and leaving to the North. Parking was no problem in the grounds and was only a short way from the cottage.
Mr John W

We had a wonderful short stay at Westminster College and enjoyed the time very much. The cottage was small, but clean and provided everything we needed - perfect for two people. We especially liked the nice, quiet atmosphere on the college grounds - although the busy town centre was within walking distance. Staff was very helpful and service was great. We would like to come back.
Ms Elisabeth M

Very nice furnitures in bedroom and living room, feel so warm and comfortable, will come again.
Ms Polly C

The location was great - at the back of the college, easily accessed from the rear entrance, away from the tourist crowd descending on Cambridge for the day but close enough to the square to access the market and shops. The cottage itself was lovely, nice and new, and very conducive for work.
Dr Simone C

What a fabulous place! The young lady who checked us in on reception went over and above to offer tips and advice for our stay, marking places on the map and generally being super helpful. The cottage is delightful, a haven of peace but yet a stone's throw from the city centre - perfect!
Mr christopher G

We had a very peaceful stay. Good location, nicely furnished and equipped. Staff very helpful and friendly. Thank you.
Mrs D V R

Very high standard of room service on a daily basis
Mr Robert H

Travel Info

Address: Madingley Rd, Cambridge, CB3 0AA, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2.00pm - 10.00pm

Check Out:  By 10.00am 

Please note: We are unable to accept check-in's after 10.00pm. 

On arrival, please report to reception (located at the main entrance to the college) where a cottage key will be issued. Luggage storage is available on request if your arrival time is before 2pm and your cottage isn't ready. However, please bear in mind that the college cannot be held responsible for any theft or damage to any personal belongings. 

Directions: We are located just a moment’s walk north-west of the Cambridge City Centre, Westminster College is located on the mini-roundabout at the junction of Madingley Road, Queens’ Road and Northampton Street. 

By Car:

Please note as from Thursday 1st February 2018, Westminster College carpark will be regulated as below: 

Monday to Friday – 8am to 5pm – Annual Permit holders only

Monday to Friday – 5pm to 8am – Pay and Display (£1.50 per hour, £5.00 over 3 hours and overnight stay)

Weekends All day – Pay and Display (£1.50 per hour, £5.00 over 3 hours and overnight stay) 

Although, the College is easily accessible from the major road networks (A14 and M11), parking on-site remains extremely limited and we cannot guarantee parking on-site on arrival. 

Also Cambridge gets very congested during peak times and access by car might not be the fastest mean of transport. Therefore, when possible, we strongly encourage using public transports and/or alternatively parking around the College, like Madingley Road Park and Ride, Pound Hill parking or Castle Hill pay and display.

You will find further details about alternative parking from our website, here:

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on 01223 33 06 30.

By Rail:

Cambridge Station is about a 35 – 45 minute walk from the college. Buses run every 8 minutes into the centre of Cambridge and taxis are available for hire. By bus/coach: The College is about a 15-minute walk through the city from Drummer Street Bus Station. A taxi from the station to the college will cost around £10.