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Department of Genetics

 
Downing Map

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.
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Disabled Access

The main entrance to the building, which leads to Reception, has been adapted with a handrail on the steps approaching the front door, and there is a wheelchair lift.

The building complies with the requirements of the DDA and its supporting legislation. In most cases, any problems caused by deficits in the Department can be surmounted by modifying existing equipment, or making adjustments to the premises, should anyone require continued access.

The teaching room in the Department is fitted with a hearing induction loop. A portable induction loop is available for use in other areas, and can be collected from Reception.

We are aware that not all disabilities are obvious and different disabilities require different types of assistance. If you do require assistance or information please conatct us at hradm@gen.cam.ac.uk.

During refurbishment works we request advance warning of your visit. Please be reassured you are very welcome to visit the Department, and we will do our best to ensure that your requests for assistance are dealt with swiftly.

Reception: tel. [01223 3]33999

A detailed access guide for our Department, and other University Buildings, can be found through AccessAble.

The University’s Disability Resource Centre can provide further information and advice on disability issues.

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. These 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.

Local buses are run by Stagecoach Cambus. In addition, Park and Ride services operate from some peripheral sites. For details see the Cambridge City Council Park & Ride website.

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 the 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 take the 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. The main door, and Reception, is at the far end of the building, near the bike sheds.
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, you shoould hopefully be on St Andrew's Street, near the entrance to th Grande Arcade shopping centre. Walk back, and past John Lewis. Take the first right [Downing Street] with John Lewis on your right, 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 : https://www.stagecoachbus.com/routes/east/1/fulbourn-arbury/xeao001.i 

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 very expensive parking charges. Unfortunately, there is no on-site parking available for visitors to the Department. The nearest parking facility is the Grand Arcade 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 the bus terminal.

 

 

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