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.


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.
  • Our toasty-warm underfloor heating.
  • 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 up 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.


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.


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 from 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.

What our guests have said about the Enid Porter Room

“Could not recommend more. The staff were absolutely amazing throughout the booking being flexible on dates and times of our booking and making sure the room was set up in the best way for our event. They were very accommodating and made us very welcome. The space itself is great – adaptable and has access to a projector – and was a great venue for bringing people from organisations across Cambridge together. Will definitely be booking again for future events.”

“The Enid Porter Room was ideal for our purposes, we had a team retreat there for ten people and could lay it out however we chose. We were ideally situated to head into town for breaks or wander to the river. The team at the Museum of Cambridge were a delight to work with throughout the process and very helpful on the day with any queries that we had. I would highly recommend the venue!”

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.