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Downing College

Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DQ, England
+44 1223 334800
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19th century college with new library and art gallery and Costa Coffee attached

Downing College takes its name from the grandson of the founder of the Prime Minister's London... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
So many different buildings.

Walked through on the Bridge the gap walk although had previously been to a wedding here. It is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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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. Our spacious bedrooms are fully equipped for the modern day traveller, with facilities such as a flat screen television, a spacious desk and free wifi. A telephone, alarm clock, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities are also provided, and bedrooms are cleaned daily by our College Domestic Assistants.We have free carparking available within the grounds, subject to availability; please request when you are making your booking. Please note: We are 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).
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Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DQ, England
+44 1223 334800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Downing College takes its name from the grandson of the founder of the Prime Minister's London residence and even has a door formerly in use at 10, Downing Street within the college itself. Its construction completed in 1800 was much delayed by litigation between his...More

Thank futtock21
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked through on the Bridge the gap walk although had previously been to a wedding here. It is a fascinating walk around

Thank GaryandCarol52
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Open to all, this cafe has a relaxed feel to it with friendly staff, good food and drinks. As a student cafe the menu is very limited but it beats the run of the mill department store cafes hands down. There are tables, comfy chairs...More

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked a three night stay in August via the UniversityRooms.com website where you are able to stay in University accommodation as well as Bed and Breakfast for a reasonable price especially with easy access to many attractions and the city centre. Downing College was...More

Thank Andy T
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review, we hope to see you again when you next visit Cambridge!

Reviewed 16 August 2017

There for a family party: comfortable room but wasn't made up after the first night...so had to do that ourselves as well as buying in spare coffee/ milk etc. Strange humming noise all night as though there was a ghost cleaner....certainly wasn't a genuine one!...More

Thank william c
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Downing College is a hidden gem. Go through the entrance gates and the whole college opens up before you - with huge grounds. There is no entry fee and visitors are welcome to wander round (keep off the grass!). The café is comfortable and welcoming...More

Thank 958kate
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Downing is quite a large open college and is free to enter. It's architecture is neoclassical as it is not as old as some of the other colleges. It's a nice place to visit, especially if you fancy lounging on the grass because whilst you...More

Thank Derek R
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

I had not visited this college for many years but felt an immediate sense of calm upon entering. It welcomes you in a way that the grander colleges don't, and has such a sense of ease about it (though it is out of term time)....More

Thank Caroline H
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Downing College is grand and beautiful. Walk through it on a sunny day, and you will feel like you've stepped onto the set of a period Drama. The huge quad is simply breathtaking, and the architecture much more Georgian than any of the other more...More

Thank ArghyaKolkata
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Apart from its academic reputation Downing is one of the top Cambridge colleges. It's graceful architecture and open lawns, together with its position on Regent Street, its cafe that is open to the public and its gorgeous new art gallery makes it a delight to...More

Thank txeh
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