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Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

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Postal Address:

Optoelectronics Group
University of Cambridge
Cavendish Laboratory
J J Thomson Avenue


UK: 01223 337457
Abroad: +44 (0) 1223 337457



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University maps: Reception (Bragg Building)

Kapitza Building | MRC Building | Maxwell Building (or see Maxwell Centre)


Getting Here

By Road

On Madingley Road - where the road splits - look for J.J. Thomson Avenue where a sign says "University West Cambridge Site". The Cavendish Laboratory is at the far end. Note that the motorway M11 Junction 13 has access only to or from the south.

Parking space is limited. Please ask your host about booking a car park space through Reception, if you plan to travel by car.

By Train

Trains run frequently from both King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations in London - see National Rail Enquiries. King's Cross trains are usually faster, and are particularly convenient for International arrivals via the Eurotunnel at the neighbouring St Pancras terminal.
Cambridge station is over two miles from the Cavendish - you could catch a taxi, but there is also now also a regular "Whippet" bus service "U" ("Universal" - see below).
Some people prefer to travel from Gatwick or Heathrow airports by train. This involves travelling across central London on the "tube", which is typically included in the fare.

Note that Sunday is often used for maintenance on UK railways. Allow extra time for "Special Services".

By Air

All of the London International Airports are served by regular National Express buses to Cambridge. Stansted is the nearest and Luton is less well known. There is also a direct train service between Cambridge Station and Stansted.

By Bus

The frequent (Monday to Saturday) "U" service links many of the University Departments. The route runs between Addenbrookes hospital and Madingley Road Park and Ride via the railway station.
Members of the University can travel at reduced fare on production of a University Card.

It is now possible to see where buses are in real time

See next bus into town , and  next bus to West Cambridge from Stop 8 Railway Station  

On Foot

From the bus station it is a brisk 45 minute (2.5 miles / 4 km) walk to the Cavendish, if you know where you are going (via Burrell's Walk, Adam's Road and the Coton footpath - see also this cycle route), or you can take a taxi.