Nestled in the historic Castle Quarter of central Cambridge, just a hop, skip and a jump from the Quayside and Jesus Green, the Museum is Cambridge is the perfect location for your next event, workshop, away day or gathering.

This is no grey conference room just off the A14. Set within our 400-year-old Grade II-listed former inn, our event space is chock-full of local character and historic atmosphere. And don’t worry – our building may be centuries old, but we’ve got all the modern facilities you need to make your special event, well, special.

Not only that, but by hiring our space you’ll be investing back into your local, independent museum. Your support means we can keep on connecting communities through objects, memories and conversations.

Facilities

The Enid Porter Room is a flexible function room perfect for your next event, workshop, class or away day.

The room is is kitted out with all the resources you’ll need to make your event a success. Your booking with include access to:

  • Our excellent wifi.
  • A projector and laptop (you’ll need to bring your own presentation on a USB stick). Or, you can download an app to access our projector via your own laptop.
  • A small whiteboard and pens.
  • Seating for to 30, or tables and chair combinations for up to 20. We also have comfy cushions for sitting on the floor!
  • Outdoor space in our courtyard.
  • High quality glasses, mugs, plates, platters and cutlery, and a hot water urn.
  • A selection of teas, instant coffee, squash, biscuits and oat and cow’s milk.

We also have an accessible toilet, baby-change facilities and a range of period products available for all to use.

We do not provide catering, but you are free to arrange your own. We recommend the wonderful locally-owned café Bridges, which is only a 5 minute walk away from our site.

We don’t have an alcohol licence. If your booking will involve the sale of alcohol, you’ll need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice from Cambridge City Council. It’s a very simple process, and we’d be happy to chat to you about it once you’ve made your booking.

Getting Here

The Museum is easily accessible by foot, only 3 minutes’ walk from Cambridge’s quayside and 10 minutes’ from King’s Parade. There is ample cycle parking on nearby Northampton Street, and The Madingley Road Park and Ride is just a short bus ride away.

Accessibility

We’re delighted to welcome everyone to the Museum of Cambridge, whatever their access needs. We’re happy to chat with you about our unusual site and its suitability for your needs, and we’ll do everything we can to make your event as accessible as possible. The courtyard and Enid Porter Room are accessible to wheelchair users with small wheelchairs. We have an accessible toilet onsite.

Prices

The Enid Porter Room is available to hire 10am-5pm, Monday-Sunday. We’re also happy to make out of hours bookings – including through the night (ghost tour, anyone?!) just drop us an email or give us a ring, and we can usually accommodate your request.

The price below includes use of all the facilities listed above, though we can offer discounts if you make block bookings. If you have any special requests, please mention these when making your booking request.

 DurationStandard RateCommunity Rate
The Enid Porter Room and Courtyard1 hour£45£25
The Enid Porter Room and CourtyardHalf day (3.5 hours)£120£75
The Enid Porter Room and CourtyardFull day (7 hours)£250£150
‘Community Rate’ applies to registered charities and small businesses with fewer than 5 employees.
Do get in touch if you’re still struggling to afford the ‘Community Rate’ – we’ll do what we can.

Note that hire of the Courtyard does not automatically prevent members of the public accessing the Courtyard – we can discuss your requirements as part of the booking.

Beyond the Enid Porter Room, the entire Museum building is also available for hire for that most special of event! Please contact us to chat through your booking.

Terms and Conditions

Download our Terms and Conditions here. You’ll need to read and understand these before you make your booking request.

Request to Book

Please request your booking by clicking below. Note that the form is a request only and does not represent a confirmed booking. Your booking is not confirmed until you have heard from a named member of staff, who will be in touch with you within 3 working days of your request. If your request is urgent, please phone us on 01223 355159.