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The Wren Library of Trinity college is open to the public from noon to 2pm each weekday throughout the year and also from 10:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays during university "full term". It's closed at Christmas and Easter. Their website says, "There are six exhibition cases in which a small fraction of the Library’s treasures are on display" but it doesn't ...


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There are direct train connections between Stansted Airport and Cambridge, but at some times it is quicker to take a local train towards London and change at Bishops Stortford or Stansted Mountfitchet. Check www.nationalrail.co.uk in advance, or when you get out from the baggage claim if you have a mobile device with a data plan that works in the UK. The ...


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The cheapest (and simplest) way would be to use National Express coaches (i.e. bus) that goes direct from Heathrow central bus station (5 minute walk from terminal 3) to Cambridge. Tickets start from about £15, depending on the day/time and how long in advance you book. I just checked their website - the first bus in the morning leaves Heathrow at 5 am and ...


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Take the Thameslink, towards Bedford, to St Pancras International. Get out of the station(which is on the lower level) and walk to the upper level. Once you are on the upper floor you can see signs to follow towards King's Cross Station. If in doubt ask any of the personnel present, they will be happy to guide you. From King's Cross station you can get a ...


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These are the official statistics for Cambridge City, population circa 122,000: I admit I nearly choked on my tea on seeing this question’s title but also that a comparison with Cambridge MA is slightly unfavourable – though I suspect that adjustment for differences in classification and reporting would swing that around significantly. I have not ...


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Do you need to travel at a given time on the day? If not, the National Rail site gives rail tickets for two days from now from £20.50 (one way) for a 2:55 hours (so say three hours) journey. This journey does require three changes, so not ideal. But there are other options for under £35 that require just changing once. Even an anytime ticket that allows you ...


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London City Airport doesn't have a railway station. It is on the Docklands Light Railway in Zone 3, on the Woolwich Arsenal branch. Starting from Cambridge, you can buy a through ticket. You'll want either a single or a return, to London Zone 3. If you're coming back, you'll need to buy a return in Cambridge, as there are no National Rail ticket facilities ...


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Everyone's favourite Mapping, Public Transport and Governance geeks MySociety did some some work on this very question a few years ago. As part of this, they handily produced maps showing travel time by public transport from both Cambridge: And from Oxford: For a weekend away, you probably want to restrict yourself to regions that are at the red end of the ...


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I visited Cambridge in December 2012 around Christmas in a group of 3 guys. It's not only a beautiful city with a lot of heritage, it feels pretty safe as well. We stayed at the outskirts of Cambridge at a Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express Cambridge Coldhams Business Park Norman Way Cambridge CB1 3LH, United Kingdom It wasn't very difficult to travel ...


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Get the Piccadilly line from Heathrow to King's Cross (~1 hour) then catch a direct train to Cambridge (again ~1 hour). You can check trains from London KX to Cambridge here. The last one today leaves at 00.31 but in general I'd assume it will be around midnight. Provided you get onto the tube at Heathrow by about 10.40 pm you should be fine. If really ...


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As from now, there is a direct rail service from Gatwick Airport to Cambridge station. At the moment (March 2018) that is one train per day at 12:03 pm, but it will be extended to eventually four trains an hour soon. These are Thameslink trains, and will be both the fastest and most convenient way to make this journey.


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Cambridge is very safe when compared with other cities and towns in the UK. But, it may not be very safe compared to your home town or your home country. In the UK built-up areas after dark, the chief danger to a young woman walking alone is drunk young men or roving groups of young men. If you don't feel safe, by all means arrange for a taxi to and from ...


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Firstly, note that the University of Cambridge is split over several sites across the city - it'll be important while planning your journey to ensure that you specify which faculty/college you'll be travelling from - in this case Fitzwilliam college. There are three main potential routes, bus, taxi and train. The main railway station is some way out of ...


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In my experience, this bus is rarely full, and is really very unlikely to be full on a Monday afternoon. One reason for this is that it isn't a particularly cheap or quick way to get to Cambridge (£25, at least 2.5 hours). Of course there are no guarantees, but in your position I would go without a reservation and see what the bus situation is. In the ...


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I would not recommend the coach service, since, at that time of day, a coach can easily take 30–45 minutes just to get out of Cambridge (i.e.: before reaching the motorway). A taxi all the way to the airport is an option, and would somewhat avoid the worst of the traffic in Cambridge (since Fitzwilliam is on the same side of Cambridge as the motorway). But, ...


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The train would normally be the best option, being direct and taking 30 minutes. Another option which might be cheaper, or if there is engineering works going on, is the National Express 727 service, which is direct and takes around 45 minutes. As for booking the train, in general, it is cheaper to book in advance, but not in this case. It doesn't matter ...


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Not sure why you think the bus is that so expensive? https://www.nationalexpress.com/ offers round trips in March for about £36 (non-refundable, booked in advance).


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You've more choices. My son lives in the new NW Development, and I've looked at this issue for my own transport. The National Express website says that more runs are offered to LHR T2/T3 than to LHR T5, and the LHR website says a traveler can easily transfer from T2/T3 to T5 on free LHR shuttle tains. National Express lists these buses from Cambridge ...


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As you've probably discovered the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in very much Cambridgeshire not Cambridge itself. In fact, it's about a third of the way to Stansted! Cambridge airport is small, so your time from plane to kerb will be very quick. Stansted, not so much... By taxi, it's about 12 miles from Cambridge airport to Hinxton. If you've pre-booked a ...


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Firstly, your Brit Rail point to point ticket is NOT valid on the London Underground. From BritRail.net: The BritRail ticket or pass is not valid on Eurostar services, special excursions, Tyne and Wear Metro Trains (Newcastle-upon-Tyne area), Glasgow Underground trains, Manchester Metro link, road links between airports and railway stations, ...


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Get on Citi 3 towards town centre - get off at Four Lamps roundabout. Then walk 50yds further down Short Street (ie turn left), and on right hand side is Busway stop - get on a B service (any) for Orchard Pk.


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This used to be the case before the council became greedy, and shot itself in the foot with machines so complicated they needed an attendant to explain how to use them. People resented the charge, driving further in and clogging residential streets, defeating the purpose of the park & ride sites. Now, you can once again park at Babraham Road park &...


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Have you tried https://trainsplit.com (their site looks a bit unprofessional, but their app doesn't). Regardless they are National Rail Accredited. I entered the details you mentioned and the most expensive costs £78 (return) but cheapest is £46.


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Just to add to @dumbcoder's answer sicen you asked for specific advice St Pancras International is on three levels. When you arrive on the Thameslink you are on the lowest, below ground level. Take the escalator or lift to the exit. Keep your ticket handy to operate the gates. There is a wide gate if you have a wheelie bag with you, I think it is to the ...


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I live in Cambridge and all you’ve got to be worried about is some teenagers messing around or a Chinese tourist running in front of the road with their selfie stick. Although the town is bustling it’s completely safe and you're not going to get robbed unless you're at the strawberry fair. If you have a bike, triple lock it.


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Scudamores is the usual choice. They have rental stations at both ends of the 'college backs' stretch of the river - Mill Lane or Quayside - as well as an location that lets you punt to Grantchester, but won't take you by the backs (Boatyard). Punts can't traverse between the two stretches (i.e. Scudamores won't let you do that - there are rollers that allow ...


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Three is offering a SIM for mobile use only with a 1GB allowance for a measly £2.99. In order to buy it, either ask someone residing in the UK to get it for you or select collect in store and choose a store close to the conference location. Hope this helps.


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There are various pay-as-you-go providers, I personally use GiffGaff. I also used LycaMobile before. They both offer monthly bundles with data (or minutes+texts+data if you prefer this option). You can buy a bundle for just one month, so this would be your cost.


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