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Collingwood College

Surrounded by beautiful and tranquil woodland, Collingwood College is the ideal venue to ensure that any event is not merely a success but also a memorable and unrivalled experience.

Collingwood College offers all the essential facilities for any event, from international conferences for hundreds of delegates to group trips exploring the riches of the area. The College's facilities include the purpose-built Penthouse Suite with modern intergrated AV, the ideal venue for conferences, meetings and training courses, which is available for events all year round and can accommodate up to 100 delegates.
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Collingwood College

Collingwood College

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About the College

Collingwood College was founded in 1972 as the first purpose-built mixed college at Durham University, named in memory of Sir Edward Collingwood.

The College was originally designed for around 260 students, all in individual rooms (which was very unusual at the time); it was set on beautiful grounds on the outskirts of the city, just next door to the University's Botanic Garden, with a water feature, a tennis court, and gardens

In 1992, Collingwood doubled its size. It built a series of new wings with over 200 spacious en suite rooms around a croquet lawn and amphitheatre. The Penthouse Suite, a purpose-built conference centre, was also built at this time.

Collingwood has around 1100 students studying or researching nearly all the subjects taught in Durham. About 550 live in the College: all the first-years, a good majority of finalists, and some graduates.

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Banqueting & Private Dining

Collingwood College Dining Hall can cater for up to 200 diners. Whatever the size of you event our team can provide the highest quality food and drink in a stylish setting.


College Banqueting Menu 2023-24

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Collingwood College provides 194 single and 16 twin en suite bedrooms with a private shower, toilet and hand basin, wi-fi access, wardrobe, and tea/coffee making facilities.

Our rates include a full English breakfast served between 8am and 9am

Individual accommodation is available on a bed and breakfast basis during the University Easter and summer vacations.

Standard Bed & Breakfast Rates

Bedroom type B&B rate per room
Single En Suite £63.00
Twin En Suite £100.00

All rates include VAT and are valid until 30 September 2024.

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Residential Conferences

Collingwood College is the ideal venue to host any residential conference.

During the University's vacations Collingwood can accommodate residential conferences with up to 100 delegates entirely within the College, situated a short 15 minute walk from the City Centre.

The purpose-built Penthouse Suite consisting of 2 conference rooms and a breakout room can accommodate up to 100 delegates in a theatre style. Collingwood has over 210 en suite bedrooms (including 16 twins - only available during summer vacations). This is situated on the first floor and accessible by stairs or the lift.

Should your conference require resources and facilities in addition to those at Collingwood College, then other University Venues that can be utilised. Grey College, which is only two minutes walk from Collingwood, has 97 en suite bedrooms, allowing over 300 delegates to stay in en suite accommodation between the two Colleges. Other central University facilities include additional lecture rooms for up to 500, large halls suitable for exhibitions; additional bedrooms or even a Gala Dinner at Durham Castle, all situated within a short walk of the College.

We also offer our own Event Management service that will offer the guidance and administration support you need.


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Collingwood College has meeting rooms suitable for a variety of sizes of events.


The Penthouse Suite

This purpose-built suite of meeting rooms consists of 2 conference rooms and a smaller break out room. The main meeting room has a maximum capacity of 100 delegates in a theatre style and can also be divided into 2 smaller rooms each with a capacity of 60 theatre style. The Penthouse Boardroom is also situated within the suite with capacity for 50 delegates theatre style or can be used for catering. Wi-fi is available throughout. These rooms are available throughout the year. The Penthouse suite is on the first floor and accessible by stairs or lift.


Capacity Chart

Meeting Room Theatre Style Boardroom
Penthouse A&B 100  
Penthouse A 60  
Penthouse B 60  
Penthouse Boardroom   25


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Guest Information

Travel Information

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By bus

Collingwood situated just to the south of Durham City centre and is a 30 minute walk from Durham Station through the historic city centre of Durham. There is a tourist map on the platform.

Durham bus station is a 5 minute down-hill walk from the railway station and has several local services which stop just outside the entrance to Collingwood.

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By bus

The College is a 5 minute taxi ride from Durham Station. All the taxi drivers know the College, so you won't need to give them directions.

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By car

If you are arriving by car limited onsite parking is available, but subject to availability and cannot be reserved.

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By train

Guests Staying at the College

Check In: from 2pm

Check Out: by 10am (Luggage can be stored if required)

On arrival please report to the Reception. If you are arriving after 5pm there will be a porter on duty to assist you with your check-in.



Get in Touch

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 334 2887

Collingwood College

South Road