The McGrath Centre, opened in 2013, is a modern, multi-purpose building that houses an auditorium, foyer, bar and meeting room, bringing together function and space to meet, socialise and learn.

The auditorium provides tiered retractable seating for up to 154 delegates, fully equipped with customisable lighting and audio-visual facilities. The flexibility of the auditorium allows you to create a bespoke environment and range of seating options which can to be used for meetings, lectures, performances and receptions.

The open plan foyer creates an excellent space for guest registrations, exhibitions and refreshment breaks with the option of separating the foyer from the auditorium with a retractable wall. Direct access is also provided to the Dining Hall, Bar, and additional breakout rooms.

Key information                                                                      

Layouts and capacities  

Theatre: 154

Boardroom: 28

Cabaret: 56

Reception: 200

Classroom: 28

Features and facilities  


High definition projector and screen

Range of microphones

Video conferencing (on request) 



Disabled access


“I just wanted to thank you and everyone at the McGrath Centre for helping to make the conference last week a success. We have received some very positive feedback from many of the delegates who were much impressed by the Conference Centre.”
Land Economy Conference

“With beautiful and spacious facilities, the McGrath Centre is the best venue in the centre of Cambridge. We had a fantastic experience working with the friendly and professional staff to hold our event, and we will return again."
Assistant Director of the International Office, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

“I thought I would just let you know how much everyone enjoyed our conference 'Practical Respiratory Medicine' held at St Catharine’s this weekend. The new McGrath Centre is outstanding, but everyone enjoyed the college and the staff were very helpful. I am trying to persuade the organisers to use St Caths every year for this conference!”
Practical Respiratory Medical Conference

Contact details

Conference & Catering Office
01223 336433
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