Postgraduate Group Theory Conference 2007

How to get to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Depending on where you're coming from, you might find it easier, cheaper, or more convenient to take a train, a bus, a plane, or even a combination thereof.

There is some information on the university website about getting to Cambridge.

Note that the maps below are interactive — you can move around by dragging the map or clicking on the arrows, and you can zoom in or out by clicking on plus or minus, respectively. You can also click on the markers. If you can't see the maps, that probably means you're using an older browser. Most modern browsers should be perfectly capable of displaying them.

By train

If you live close to Cambridge, you may be able to get a direct train. If you live to the south of Cambridge, you will probably need to go via London. Trains to Cambridge run regularly from King's Cross and Liverpool Street. If you're north of Cambridge, you will probably need to change at Peterborough — in this case, you may prefer to take the train just for the sight of Ely Cathedral! You can find more information about which train you need to take on the National Rail website.

Once you're in Cambridge, you will, unfortunately, find yourself on the opposite end of the city to the CMS. You now have three options — walk to the CMS, take a bus, or take a taxi. Walking from the train station to the CMS takes around 40 minutes. There is a bus stop right next to the train station, but the bus which goes to the CMS, rather unhelpfully, does not stop there.

If you want to walk — and you may well prefer to do so, weather permitting — the map below shows the route you need to take. The key points are:

  • Walk to the end of Station Road, the road in front of you when you exit the station
  • You are now at Hills Road; turn right and keep walking
  • You will get to a junction, with a tall church tower on your left; keep walking straight
  • When you've walked all the way down Regent Street and St. Andrew's Street, you will come to a fork in the road: on the right is Hobson Street, on the left is Sidney Street
  • Go left and immediately left again onto Petty Cury
  • Walk past the market and down the small street next to St. Mary's Church
  • You are now on King's Parade; turn right, walk past St. Mary's Church on your right and Senate House on your left, and turn left into Senate House Passage
  • Walk to the end of the passage and turn right on to Trinity Lane
  • Walk down Trinity Lane, past Tit Trinity Hall, and turn left into Garret Hostel Lane
  • Keep walking down Garret Hostel Lane, cross the bridge, and cross the road at the traffic lights
  • You are now on Burrell's Walk; walk down it, past the University Library on your left, and turn right when you get to the fork
  • You are now on Grange Road; turn right and keep walking until you see Clarkson Road on your left
  • Turn left into Clarkson Road, and the main entrance of the CMS will be on your right, after about a three minute walk (look out for the sign)
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If you want to take the bus, you will first need to walk to the bus stop. There is a map showing where you need to go below. Again, the key points are:

  • Walk to the end of Station Road, the road in front of you when you exit the station
  • You are now at Hills Road; turn left and keep walking until you see Brooklands Avenue on your right
  • Walk down Brooklands Avenue until you see a Uni4 bus stop on your left
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You will need to get off at Grange Road. Once you're there, you should see Clarkson Road on your left. Turn left into Clarkson Road, and the main entrance of the CMS will be on your right, after about a three minute walk (look out for the sign). Also see the walking map above, starting from Grange Road.

If you want to take a taxi, tell the driver that you want to go to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Clarkson Road; if he doesn't know about the CMS, just say number 20, Clarkson Road. There are usually lots of taxis just outside the train station, but just in case, here are some Cambridge taxi companies.

By bus

You can find information about buses to Cambridge on the National Express website. Buses arrive at the Drummer Street Bus Station. From there, you can take a local bus to the CMS, or walk.

By plane

If you're coming from further away, for example, Glasgow, you may well want to fly first. In most cases, you can get a RyanAir flight to Stansted Airport. There is a direct train from Stansted to Cambridge, taking around 45 minutes.

In the unlikely event that you have to fly to Heathrow, Gatwick, or even Luton, there are National Express buses from each of those airports directly to Cambridge. Another option is to take the train to London and then take the tube to King's Cross or Liverpool Street, although this will probably be more expensive and not much faster (if at all).

What next?

There will be signs at the CMS entrance pointing you to the registration desk.