We want everyone to enjoy the Cambridge Science Festival and have a great experience at our events
Each year the Festival gets very busy with around 30,000 people attending over the two weeks. With such large numbers, we ask for your patience with staff and volunteers as queues can occur and resources are limited. The Festival is hosted in working departments and is run by staff and student volunteers, who are all trying to give you the best experience possible, as well as keeping as many events as possible free-of-charge and accessible to everyone.
Tips for attending the Festival
• There is no need to book for events unless otherwise stated.
• There may still be spaces available at events which are listed as ‘pre book’; you are welcome to turn up and enquire on the day.
• Please note that entry may be refused if the venue is full or if you are late, even if you have made a booking.
• All events are free-of-charge unless otherwise stated.
• Please note that children should be accompanied at all times and use the minimum age guide indicated in the event description. For a number of events those under the minimum age may not be admitted due to the nature and content of the event. Please call ahead to check.
• Your attendance at any Festival event signifies your agreement to comply with the guidelines for attendance (pdf).
Getting to central Cambridge
• On foot: All parts of central Cambridge are easily accessible by foot.
• By bicycle: Cambridge is a very cycle friendly city with plenty of cycle paths and places to lock your bicycle.
• By car: From the South & from London, Cambridge is a short trip up the M11 motorway, exit at junction 9 onto the A11 and follow the signs to the city centre. From the North, the A1 and M1 link to the A14 dual carriageway straight to the city. Parking is limited in Cambridge and very expensive, we recommend using the Park and Ride bus service if you are visiting for the day.
• By train: The railway station is a 15 minute walk from the city centre and there are regular buses to and from the train station. In addition, there is a regular train and coach service from London Stansted Airport.
Getting to West Cambridge
• On foot or bicycle: The West Cambridge site is a 30 minute walk from the city centre and an easy cycle ride. From Regent Street, travel down Downing Street and Pembroke Street. Turn right onto Trumpington Street and head left onto Silver Street. Continue down Silver Street and turn right onto Queen’s Road. Continue down Queen's Road until you reach the roundabout with Madingley Road. Turn left down Madingley Road until you get to J.J. Thomson Avenue on the left. Turn onto J.J. Thomson Avenue, this is in the heart of the West Cambridge site.
• By car: The A14 gives you access to West Cambridge and junction 13 of the M11 exits onto Madingley Road. If you are travelling from the centre of Cambridge, head towards Madingley Road. Parking is available.
• By bus: The Madingley Road Park and Ride bus runs from the city centre and the site is a five minute walk away from West Cambridge.
Getting to the Sidgwick site
• On foot or bicycle: The Sidgwick site is a 15 minute walk from the city centre and an easy cycle ride. From Regent Street, continue down Downing Street and then Pembroke Street. Turn right onto Trumpington Street and take the first left onto Silver Street. Continue straight over the junction with Queen’s Road onto Sidgwick Avenue. The Sidgwick Site is on the right-hand side.
• By bus: As the Citi 4 bus service no longer links the Sidgwick Site to the centre of Cambridge, there are no direct bus routes.
Getting to Cambridge Biomedical Campus
• On foot or bicycle: The Cambridge Biomedical Campus is a 45 minute walk from the city centre and an easy cycle ride. From Regent Street, travel south on to Hills Road and continue for approximately 1.5 miles until you reach Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Continue towards Addenbrooke’s main entrance. The Clinical School is the building on the right.
• By train: There is a foot and cycle path alongside the guided busway from the station to the CBC site.
• By car: From outside Cambridge, leave the M11 at junction 11 and follow signs for ‘Hospitals/Biomedical Campus’. If you are travelling from the centre of Cambridge, head south on Hills Road for approximately 1.5 miles until you reach the Biomedical Campus. Park in the public car park. We recommend visiting the Cambridge Biomedical Campus by bus or bike but if you need to use a car, there will be reduced price parking available all day.
• By bus: The Cambridge Biomedical Campus is well connected to the city centre by many bus routes. Most buses stop at the Hospital bus station at the Hills Road entrance as well as other stops around the site. The Babraham and Milton Park and Ride buses also provide good connections for those travelling from outside the city.
Where to stay
Visit Cambridge provides a listing of hotels, guesthouses and other accommodation in Cambridge.