Our Facilities

Downing Place has two large halls for hire during the day and in the evenings, Monday to Saturday.  There is disabled access and a disabled toilet.

The Gibson Hall, which can accommodate about 100 people, and the St Columba’s Hall, which holds about 120.

Tables and chairs, a digital projector, screen and flip chart are available for these halls. Kitchen facilities may also be available.

A wide range of groups and users can be accommodated: we regularly host the Cambridge Dancers, yoga groups, theatre groups, choirs, dance classes and counselling groups, see below.

The current rates are:

St Columba’s Hall

St. Columba's Hall

  • £38.00 per hour

Gibson Hall

Gibson Hall

  • £36.00 per hour

Other Rooms

Macalister Room

We also have a meeting room, which is available on some evenings and on Fridays, and can accommodate up to 15 people.

  • £21.00 per hour


Our conservatory can seat 15 – 20 people.

  • £21.00 per hour


Other rates may be available for regular users. Please contact the Caretaker, Elaine Barker to enquire about availability on 01223 312 814 or by using the following form:

Current users include:

  •  Adult and childrens dance classes with Filipa Pereira Stubbs
  •  Alcoholics Anonymous
  •  Cambridge Dancers’ club
  •  Cambridge University Science Festival
  •  Camtango – tango classes
  •  Chinese Health Exercise and Martial Arts Class
  •  CU Orchestra
  •  CU Tap and Jazz classes
  •  Debtors Anonymous
  •  Islamic Student Society
  •  Iyengar Yoga
  •  John Lewis Choir
  •  King Slocombe School of Dance
  •  Nightlite (Street Pastors)
  •  Red Balloon Learning Centre for bullied children
  •  Revelation Rock Choir
  •  Streetbite
  •  Tai Chi
  •  The Russian Ballet School
  •  U3A – classes in tap dancing, contemporary dance, wise dance wild dance, yoga and ballet

If you are a St Columba’s halls user, please take the time to complete our questionaire on our facilities, which can be found here: St Columba’s Q Responses can be sent to our Caretaker, Elaine Barker, or filled out in the contact form above.