Finding us: local area details
Locating the Department
The Department is situated off Pembroke Street on the New Museums Site in the centre of Cambridge. The Department is identified by the pin on the University's Official Map (the red arrow marks the entrance).
Modes of transport to reach Cambridge
There are excellent train connections to Cambridge from London King's Cross and London Liverpool Street. There are also direct trains from many other UK areas including Birmingham, Ipswich, King's Lynn and Norwich. Connections from the North of England and Scotland can be made via Peterborough. The University of Cambridge provides some useful information travel advice related to trains, including links to travel planners and a map of the location of Cambridge station, on its central website.
Navigating Cambridge by car can be confusing at times as much of the central area is restricted to buses and taxis only and parking can be expensive too. The nearest car park to the New Museums site is the Grand Arcade car park, however, this is the most expensive car park in Cambridge due to its location adjacent to the central pedestrianised shopping area. Alternatively, if you are visiting for the day (no overnight parking), there is an excellent Park and Ride service, which is sign-posted on all the main roads into Cambridge.
National Express operate a regular coach service from Cambridge to many destinations in the UK including a number of major airports. The bus stops for these services are alongside Parkers Piece, opposite Parkside Police Station. The main bus station is in Drummer Street, within walking distance of the Department. The Park and Ride services also stop in the Drummer Street area. Further information on travelling by bus can be found on the University's central website.
The nearest airport to Cambridge is London Stansted - about 25 miles south of Cambridge. Generally speaking it is the budget airlines that operate from Stansted. There is a direct train service from Stansted to Cambridge (Birmingham to Stansted via Cambridge) and there are frequent coach and bus connections too. If you are renting a car you should take the M11 northbound in order to reach Cambridge.
Depending upon your air carrier it may be possible to travel to London Luton or Birmingham International airports, which are also relatively near, or you may be forced to land at London Heathrow or London Gatwick which are much further away. All are served by good coach services. National Express operate regular daily services from Cambridge to most airports.
The University provides further links to air travel information on its central website, including airport websites and phone numbers.
Where to stay
Cambridge is a popular tourist and conference destination. It is therefore advisable to book accommodation well in advance of your visit. The Cambridge Visitor Information Centre can help with information on accommodation and can book a place for you.
Travelling within Cambridge
Walking or cycling are the best modes of transport around Cambridge and its immediate surroundings. There are also buses serving the city and local villages, including the Uni4 bus service linking the University sites on the west of Cambridge to the city centre and Addenbrooke's. A discounted single fare is available for University Card holders.