Summer 2022 Conference: Venue

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Conference facility and accommodation: Gillespie Centre, Clare College Memorial Court, Queens Road, Cambridge, CB3 9AJ

Gillespie Conference Centre, Clare College
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Gillespie Centre

Set in the heart of Cambridge, Clare College’s RIBA award-winning Gillespie Centre opened for business in January 2009. The Gillespie Centre offers a variety of modern conference rooms, with an auditorium, Garden Room and smaller breakout venue, located in picturesque, riverside grounds

The Centre, built to the highest standards of sustainability, uses solar thermal panels and a ground source heat pump for efficient heating and cooling. Energy consumption is kept to a minimum with extensive insulation and large, solar-coated, south facing windows which limit heat gain in the summer, keeping delegates cool at all times.

The Gillespie Centre is fully equipped with the latest technological facilities and supported by a knowledgeable, trained AV team.

There is good ventilation in the Riley Auditorium with two additional CO2 sensors, one upper rear and one lower front. The system is set up to keep the CO2 levels at below 800ppm. In the Elton Bowring Room, ventilation will be possible with plenty of open windows to the exterior. The Garden Room has sliding doors that open wide on to the exterior patio.


All of the Gillespie Centre (and Old Court Buttery) is accessible to wheelchairs with a lift within the building, reaching each floor. For any guests that will be staying overnight within the College, there are a limited amount of accessible rooms that we can reserve as required. A hearing loop system is also available. For more detailed information, please be in touch with with your particular requirements.

Elton Bowring theatre
Riley Auditorium

College accommodation: Clare College

All accommodation at Clare College has now been allocated. Further bookings will be accommodated in en-suite rooms at Robinson College on Grange Road, a five-minute walk from the Gillespie Centre. See below for details.

We have the use of up to 40 modern or traditional ensuite single and twin rooms at Gillespie or Memorial Court, Clare College, which are allocated on a first come, first served basis.


In room refreshments, towels and Wi-Fi internet access are all complimentary. (Please note that the College Gardens are closed from August 2018 until further notice).


A continental breakfast will be provided each morning at temporary Buttery in Old Court (across the road from Memorial Court)


Check-in: from 3pm. Luggage storage available if arriving early for conference.
Check out: by 10am

Memorial Court Porters' Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day.

Memorial Court single room
Memorial Court single room
Gillespie Court single room
Gillespie Court single room
Memorial Court

College accommodation: Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9AN

Robinson College provides a very high standard of accommodation and is justifiably proud of its 4 star Campus Visit England rating.

Twin en-suite rooms have their own bathroom with shower-over-bath and toilet. All these rooms also have a small fridge. Many of these rooms are accessible by lift and some have views over our beautiful gardens.

Single en-suite rooms, arranged on staircases, usually 4 per landing. All have their own bathroom with shower-over-bath and toilet. Many of these rooms are accessible by lift and some have views over our beautiful gardens.


All rooms are well appointed and have the following facilities:
Central heating
Radio alarm clocks but not televisions
Beds are made with duvets in covers
Bath and hand towels
Complimentary toiletries pack
Tea/coffee making tray
Mineral water
Internet access is free of charge. All of our bedrooms have internet access via Wi-Fi or wired network point. Residents will need to provide their own laptop computer and Ethernet cable for connection to the wired network point. Ethernet cables can be purchased from the Porters Lodge.
Smoking is not permitted in any of our bedrooms.


Some rooms are situated on almost the ground floor (up three steps) and many bedrooms and most other areas of the College are accessible by lift. It might be helpful for delegates to take into consideration that a number of rooms are located on upper floors which are accessible only by between one and five flights of stairs. There are a limited number of rooms which are suitable for delegates with access needs. Ideally those using wheelchairs should be accompanied by a companion. Please visit Robinson College's accessibility pages if you have any specific concerns.


Breakfast is available in the Garden Restaurant until 9.00 am. This is a staff assisted self-service meal. A full range of cooked items and cereals are available as well as continental breakfast. A self-clearing system operates in the Garden Restaurant.


Check-in: from 1pm

On arrival guests should check in at the Porters' Lodge situated on the corner of Grange Road and Herschel Road, where they will be asked to sign in and will be given their room key, a plan of the College and an information leaflet. They will then be directed to their accommodation.

The Porters’ Lodge is staffed 24hrs per day to facilitate late arrival.

Car Parking

There is no parking at the College but there is unrestricted on-road parking around the College.


Robinson College single room
Robinson College single room
BB - Bed 104
Robinson College twin room
Robinson College twin room
Robinson College Site Plan 1

Other accommodation

Accommodation in the city of Cambridge is expensive and popular. If you wish to book your own accommodation we advise early booking to avoid disappointment.