Practical information

Practical information

Aerial view of Cambridge – source: Cmglee [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]

Travelling to Cambridge

General information

Address of the conference venue: Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DF

Check out the College website and the College map, with an indication of the accessible amenities and the rooms/facilities used by the conference.

By rail

There are two railway stations nearby – Cambridge and Cambridge North. Cambridge is the closest station to Newnham College, about 1.5 miles away.

There is a fast and frequent rail service from London King’s Cross (fastest trains: 50 mins) & London Liverpool Street (fastest trains: 1 hour 15 mins) through to Cambridge. There are excellent connections from Scotland and the North via Peterborough, and regional services from Birmingham and the Midlands, and East Anglia.

Plan your journey on the National Rail Enquiries website.

The Universal Bus service has a stop at Cambridge railway station (stop 8), with a stop near Newnham College, at West Road, University Library. The journey takes about 15 minutes, with a 5 minute walk from West Road to Newnham College, across the Sidgwick site (see map below).

Universal Bus timetable 

Map of the Universal Bus service 

Alternatively, there is a taxi rank outside the station. It is not necessary to book a taxi as there are usually taxis waiting, but if you would like to the main companies in Cambridge are:

Panther Taxis tel: 01223 715715

CamCab tel: 01223 704704

A1 Cabco tel: 01223 313131 or 01223 525555

By road

Newnham College is just off the A603 and approximately 2 miles from junction 12 on the M11.

From the South, Cambridge is a short trip up the M11 motorway. From the North, the A1 and M1 join the A14, which takes you onto the M11. From the East and West, you again use the A14 and then M11.

Cambridge car parks can be found on the Council website here, or by searching for ‘parking’ on the university map.

There are limited parking spaces available at Newnham for conference delegates with accessibility needs. Please contact us in advance if you need to reserve a space.

By air

Stansted is the nearest international airport. There are regular coach services from Cambridge to all London airports, and train services from Stansted to Cambridge (fastest trains: 30 mins). It is recommended that you try to book a seat near the luggage compartment if travelling by train as the service can get very busy.

Stansted Airport website

National Express coach website

Trains between Stansted and Cambridge 

Getting around Cambridge


There are several bus services offering routes in and around Cambridge. Stagecoach runs 8 different ‘Citi’ bus routes around Cambridge. All the Citi bus services go through Cambridge City Centre. The main bus station is on Drummer Street near Christ’s Pieces.

Route map for Citi bus services

There is also a Universal Bus service. This offers a link from Cambridge (main) railway station to Newnham College and West Cambridge.

Route map for the Universal Bus service

Timetable for the Universal bus service

In addition, Cambridge Guided Busway provides links around Cambridge and to Huntingdon and St. Ives. The route timetable and map can be found here

All the timetables for the above bus services can be found here.


Cambridge offers many open spaces for walking. There are ‘commons land’ which provide green open pastures, these include: Midsummer Common and Stourbridge Common. Parks include Jesus Green, Coe Fen and Lammas Land. Grandchester Meadows and Ditton Meadows are connected on either side of Cambridge via the River Cam. To the east of Cambridge lies Milton Country Park offering 95 acres of woodlands and wetlands.

Walking the course of the river Cam allows you to enjoy many of the distinctive colleges and bridges that have made Cambridge famous worldwide.

Taxi services

A taxi rank is located outside of the main railway station. Alternatively, you can book a taxi via one of the following taxi companies:

Panther Taxis tel: 01223 715715

CamCab tel: 01223 704704

A1 Cabco tel: 01223 313131 or 01223 525555

Cycle Hire

Many bicycle shops in Cambridge offer a range of hire options from single pushbikes to tandems and tricycles. Here is a list of recommended shops from which to hire bikes; and a Cambridge cycle map can be found here.


If you are staying for the full conference, you have the option of spending the night of 5-6 September at Newnham College – see the registration form for details.

Should you want to stay additional nights at the College, either before the conference or over the weekend that follows, please send an enquiry to .

Alternatively, you can find other accommodation around the city; check out the Visit Cambridge site for details.

Accessibility guide

Within Cambridge, there is range of parking spaces available for Blue Badge holder. Several of these parking spaces offer free parking for a couple of hours for badge holders. Please see here for more details.

Information for recharging electric cars and park and ride can be found here.

Accessible Cambridge offers information about disability access for entertainment and tourism facilities in Cambridge.

Visit Cambridge offers useful information for planning your stay in Cambridge and finding out about mobility options:

A number of disability friendly attractions in Cambridge can be found here.

There is a broader Cambridgeshire disability support group which can be found here

There are several autism friendly places to visit in Cambridge. The Picture House is a renowned institution for cinema and has autism-friendly screenings with appropriate light, volume and freedom of movement. They can be found here, with listings here.


The University map contains annotated locations for the universal bus, bike repairs, Cambridge Uni. Museums, defibrillators… You can download a PDF version of selected portions of each map.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s map for rights of way can be found here. The Council has also produced a very detailed interactive map showing parking space, public sector assets, NHS choices…