The Department is located very close to the centre of Cambridge. Although our street address is Downing Street, the main Genetics building is not found on Downing Street itself, but in an area between Downing Street and Tennis Court Road, referred to as the Downing Site. The main Genetics building is simpler to find from Tennis Court Road than from Downing Street. Some of our staff work in other buildings on Tennis Court Road.
Here is our location on the University of Cambridge searchable map.
Coaches and buses to Cambridge
There are hourly coach services from London/Victoria, and less frequent coaches from some airports and from other major cities, which stop at Drummer Street Bus Station, or on Parkside. Both these termini are very close to our site. Check the National Express website for bus details.
Directions from Drummer Street Bus Station
It takes only 5 minutes to walk to the Department from Drummer Street bus station. Come out of the bus station and walk along Emmanuel Street (opposite the park and towards the shops). Turn left on to St. Andrew's Street and then first right on to Downing Street so that the side of John Lewis is on your right. Take second left into Tennis Court Road. Enter the first gate on the left (into the Downing Site). Genetics is the first building on your right. The main door, and Reception, is at the far end of the building, near the bike sheds.
Directions from Parkside
It takes between 5-10 minutes to walk to the Department from Parkside. When you get off the bus/coach, you will see a large area of grass. Cross this, heading for the right-hand corner opposite, where you'll see a large grey hotel building. Once you reach the hotel on St Andrew's Street, you'll see a crossing. Cross over, and walk to the right on St Andrew's Street. Shortly you will see a large John Lewis department store in front of you - this is on the corner of Downing Street. Turn left on to Downing Street, then takethe second left into Tennis Court Road. Enter the first gate on the left (into the Downing Site). Genetics is the first building on your right. The main door, and Reception, is at the far end of the building, near the bike sheds.
Trains into Cambridge
There are services to Cambridge from both King's Cross and Liverpool Street in London. Non-stop trains from King's Cross take about 45 minutes. On trains from the North towards London, change at Peterborough for connections to Cambridge. For more detailed train information from your nearest station use the rail planner at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/default.aspx
Directions from Cambridge Railway Station
Cambridge railway station is about 1 mile from the Department.
By taxi: There is a taxi rank right outside Cambridge station. Ask for Downing Street.
Walk or bike: Go to end of Station Road. Turn right at the war memorial statue. Keep straight for about a kilometre. Turn left on to Downing Street [large John Lewis store on the corner] and take second left into Tennis Court Road. Enter first gate on left [into the Downing Site]. Genetics is the first building on your right. Next to the bike sheds at the far end of the building is the main entrance.
By bus: When you come out of the station, turn left for all bus stops. Take a Citi1 or Citi3 bus from the station to the city centre. When you get off the bus, walk back the few yards down Emmanuel Street and turn left on to St Andrew's Street. Take the first right [Downing Street], then second left [Tennis Court Road]. Go through the first big gate on your left, and you will see the Genetics Department building on your right. The local bus company website can be found at : http://www.stagecoachbus.com/cambridge/index.html
Driving into Cambridge
This is not recommended, because of severe traffic problems in the narrow roads of the city, inadequate direction signs, confusing one-way systems, and the lack of free [or even reasonably charged] parking. Unfortunately, there is no on-site parking available for visitors to the Department. The nearest parking facility is the Lion Yard multi-storey car park [follow signs]. Park and ride services operate from some peripheral sites. For details see the Cambridge City Council Park & Ride website.
Taxis in Cambridge
Taxis are readily available from the train station and near bus termini.
The University also now has a new map service powered by OpenStreetMap.
Google Maps - Get Directions can suggest a route. Our postcode is CB2 3EH, but as indicated above, driving right into Cambridge may not be your best option.