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Useful information for your stay in Cambridge

Welcome to Cambridge. We hope this page will be useful to you during your stay here. If you can’t find what you need here, please just ask one of the staff.


The venue for the symposium will be Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Churchill College is the largest College campus in Cambridge, set in a 42 acre site on the edge of the city centre. It is one of the newer colleges of the University, receiving its Royal Charter in 1960, and is the national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill College has a Foundation that specifies a focus on science, mathematics, and technology.

Wifi is available across the campus and is available free to use. In the rooms wired internet is also available but participants staying at the college and wishing to use this facility should bring an Ethernet cable with them. It is also possible to purchase a cable from the college, price £4. The College and University are also part of the eduroam system.


A series of maps of Cambridge is available here.

Things to do in Cambridge

The Wednesday afternoon of the Symposium is free time. The Excursion – a walking tour (with guides) of the historic city centre has been organized from 2-4pm (meet outside Churchill).

If this doesn’t take your fancy, or if you want other ideas for the rest of the afternoon (before coaches for dinner at 6pm) please see the below suggestions (these are not organized events but you can just turn up):


A punt is a traditional boat propelled by pushing it along the river bed with a long pole, popular with tourists and the university’s student population. Scudamore’s is the largest punt hire company in the city centre. http://www.scudamores.com/. There are a couple of other companies around too. See the leaflet in the bags. Various options available – tours or self-drive. Prices vary.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Traditional museum on Trumpington Street, http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/. Open until 5pm. Admission free. Current exhibitions include watercolours, including Turner, and portraits of King Henry VIII on loan from Trinity College.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Just to the south of the city centre, the botanic gardens are on Brookside, CB2 1JE. Open until 6pm, entry £5. http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/Botanic/Home.aspx

Scott Polar Research Institute

The SPRI museum http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/museum/ is on Lensfield Road, CB2 1EP.

Sedgwick Museum of Geology

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, having been established in 1728: http://www.sedgwickmuseum.org/. Open until 5pm, admission free. Downing Street, CB2 3EQ.


Three main options: the city centre, including market (or Market Square…) until 4pm, the Grand Arcade, just to the south of the market square, or the Grafton Centre – a 15 min walk to the north east.

Bus services around Cambridge

Information on bus services in Cambridge can be found on the Cambridge City Council website.
Visit the Buses website.

The Uni 4 bus stops near to the College on Madingley Road and includes stops at the Botanic Gardens and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
View the bus timetable.

The Citi 4 bus stops at the same stop, and goes between Cambourne and the bus station in the city centre.
View the bus timetable.

Cycling in Cambridge

Cambridge is ideal for cycling - it's flat and the centre is closed off from traffic apart from buses and taxis. We've got a cycle map in each of the conference bags if you want to go further afield.