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Downing College

Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DQ, England
+44 1223 334800
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College With Grand Neo-classical Buildings

Downing College is grand and beautiful. Walk through it on a sunny day, and you will feel like... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Charming. accessible, user friendly

Apart from its academic reputation Downing is one of the top Cambridge colleges. It's graceful... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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This college was founded in 1800 by a bequest from Sir George Downing (grandson of the man who built Downing Street in London,) which features buildings designed in (what was then) fashionable Grecian-style.
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Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DQ, England
+44 1223 334800
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Reviewed 21 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
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

The Heong Gallery is a little gem - a beautifully converted stable block that is now a free art gallery. It has temporary exhibitions, which are put together with great intelligence and flair.

Thank Mia J
Reviewed 11 December 2016

The Law college - I know - my daughter's a Cambridge educated lawyer. Downing is a beatiful compact campus - visit if you can.

Thank locris00
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful little cafe on the Downing site, but open to all. Only just off the main road but a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Cambridge. Comfortable sofas, lots of room, delicious home made food and friendly staff - wish I'd found it...More

Thank chrishaworth123
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Its a pity that the quadrangle was never finished . The neo classical architecture style is a favourite of mine.In the glorious sunshine this has to be one of the most beautiful colleges.

Thank deepaanderson45
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Hidden behind Regent Street, Downing College offers stunning, classical splendour and is well worth a visit. Interesting modern additions have followed the style of the original buildings.

Thank C6P6
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

It's not only a college, but it offers good conference rooms (in the theater), dining (also candle light), breakfast and obviously rooms. I cannot say that they where 4 stars as the service was quite ok, it was the room itself that is a bit...More

Thank gilardoni
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Stunning building and vast grounds right in the commercial centre of Cambridge. We were lucky enough to see it on a hospice charity walk.

Thank Gregmcfish
Reviewed 3 September 2016

The good bits: wonderfully ambient historic setting with vast green acres and car parking in the centre of Cambridge. The porter staff are superb and the breakfast is of a good standard with well trained staff. The bad bits: How anyone can describe the rooms...More

Thank sandalian
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