The conference will be held at the Divinity School at St. John’s College. The Divinity School is on the opposite side of the street to St. John’s College. The entrance to the Divinity School is directly opposite the entrance to St. John’s College.
Address: Divinity School, St. John’s Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TP, England
Travelling to Cambridge
Generally it is better, if coming from London, to travel from King’s Cross. For much of the day (except Sundays where the service is slightly less good) there is a fast service, departing at quarter to and quarter past the hour. Travel time is ideally 46 minutes, and is a non-stop service. Roughly half the trains proceed to King’s Lynn (or Ely), but all stop at Cambridge. Liverpool Street is an alternative, again with regular services, but somewhat slower. Cambridge also has good connections to other parts of the country, especially Birmingham and via Peterborough services to York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
At Cambridge railway station there are regular buses to the city centre, cost ~£1.20 (limited service after c. 7 pm) and a taxi to the city centre costs ~£6 (there is a taxi rank directly to the right as you exit the station). It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the centre of town from the railway station.
From Heathrow Airport
An hourly bus service is available, but it may be delayed and is a relatively protracted journey. With trains, one can either take the Piccadilly Line direct to King’s Cross, with a journey time of around 50
minutes. Alternatively, take the Heathrow Express (but buy a through ticket to Cambridge) to Paddington, then Hammersmith and City Underground Line (sit near the middle of the Heathrow Express and take the steps leading up out of the platform because the platform is separate from
other parts of the London Underground) to King’s Cross.
The Cambridge bus departs from the Central Bus Station, Bus Stop 9, usually on the hour. The journey takes between 2hr 25min to 2hr 50min.
From Stansted Airport
There is a direct train service which takes about 30 mins. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus service direct to Cambridge (50min), stopping at Parkside near the City centre.
From Gatwick Airport
National Express coaches travel from Cambridge approximately every two hours. Check the National Express website for exact times. Journey duration is typically between 3hrs 30min to 4hrs. Generally speaking, we believe that it is better to take the train. Most expensive is Gatwick Express to Victoria. Ordinary trains also go to Victoria, and from there take the Victoria Line to King’s Cross. Best route, however, is Thameslink (final destination, St. Albans), to King’s Cross Thameslink: it is about a 150 yard walk to King’s Cross itself, heading west.
From Luton Airport
Taxis can be ordered to collect you from any of these airports. We recommend Cambridge Connections/MasterCab (tel: 44 (0)1223 566654; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). It is necessary to book in advance with costs of approximately £95 (Heathrow, Gatwick) and £35 (Stansted).
Our advice – don’t even think of it!! Parking is generally unavailable on the Downing Site (location of Earth Sciences) and there is no parking available at St. John’s College. The Lion Yard car park in the centre of town is relatively small, and extremely expensive. If you have to drive, we suggest you use one of the Park and Rides, leaving your car on the outskirts of Cambridge and taking the bus to Drummer Street (the main bus stop in Cambridge, where most buses leave from/terminate).
Time tables and journey planners
Cambridge bus services: Timetables of bus services in and around Cambridge from Cambridgeshire County Council
National Rail: Train journey planner and timetables for UK trains
National Express Coaches: Journey planner and timetables for National Express coaches across the UK
If you have any queries pertaining to the conference please contact:
Dr Victoria Ling, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3EQ, England
Email: VL237 at cam.ac.uk (replace ‘at’ with @)