The Nonlinear Centre

Getting to the Nonlinear Centre

The Nonlinear Centre is mainly located in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), Silver Street, Cambridge, CB3 9EW, but some of its members are in the Statistical Laboratory. By December 2002, everyone will be accomodated in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, on Wilberforce Road, next to the Isaac Newton Institute.

By Road

From London, the simplest route is to take the M11 motorway north from the M25 and leave at exit 12 (the second exit marked for Cambridge). Now approach Cambridge on the A603 (Barton Road). Pass Wolfson College on the left, and half a mile further on you come to a roundabout where you should turn right along Fen Causeway. Cross the River Cam and turn left along Trumpington Street. Go past the Fitzwilliam Museum and Peterhouse College (both on the left) and then take the third turn on the left. This is Silver Street.

An alternative route from London is to take the A1 north, leaving the A1(M) motorway section at exit 10 for Baldock. Take the A505 from Baldock to Royston, staying on the northern bypass of Royston until the A10 north to Cambridge is reached. Just south of Cambridge and north of Harston, join the M11 going north, and follow the instructions for the first route from London, leaving at exit 12.

If travelling from the North, take the A1 south, leaving by the A604 (signposted for M11 and Cambridge). Join the M11 and go south to exit 12. Leave the motorway here and follow the instructions above.

Limited parking is available in DAMTP car park between Silver Street and Mill Lane. Contact Lin Hardiman for details - reservations for visitors are essential.


By Rail

There are services to Cambridge from London's King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations. The faster trains take just under an hour. See London-Cambridge timetables for further details.

Train services to Cambridge are available from other towns and cities. Sometimes there is a choice between going through London and avoiding London. In these cases, the London route is often quicker but more expensive, especially at peak times. See Railtrack's journey planner.

Cambridge railway station is just over a mile from the Department. To reach the Department from the station, take a taxi (the taxi rank is just outside the station to the right) or, if you have time to spare and fancy the exercise, walk. There are also frequent `Rail Link' buses from the station to the City Centre, from which it is a short walk (a third of a mile) to the Department.

By Coach

There are National Express coach services to Cambridge from many towns and cities and all major airports (see below). All National Express coaches have a washroom/toilet and are non-smoking. For further details about National Express see their website: National Express

The Cambridge Bus Station is in Drummer Street, in the centre of Cambridge, about half a mile from the Department. To reach the Department from Drummer Street Bus Station, take a taxi or walk.


By Air

There are three major London airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, of which the last is the most convenient in terms of location and amenities.

There are coach services (Cambridge Coach Services Ltd) operating between these three airports and Cambridge. These operate every hour and take three hours from Gatwick, just over two hours from Heathrow and 45 minutes from Stansted. The first coach in the morning is at 0600 from Gatwick, 0710 from Heathrow and 0840 from Stansted. The last coaches at night are at 2400 from Gatwick, 0045 from Heathrow and 0220 from Stansted. From Cambridge to Stansted, there are coaches every hour from 0200 hours to 2300 hours.

Alternatively, at Heathrow, travel by train: take the underground (Piccadilly line) to either King's Cross or Liverpool Street. The underground service is quite frequent and takes about an hour to the central London rail stations.

At Gatwick, there is a direct rail link to Victoria Station in London. From there one can either proceed by coach from Victoria Coach Station nearby, or by rail, by taking the underground (Victoria line) to King's Cross or Liverpool Street.

At Stansted, the coach can be boarded at the Coach Station, Bay 18. There is a also train service to Cambridge, which takes half an hour.

Coach services are also operated by National Express from Heathrow and Gatwick and may be cheaper than Cambridge Coach Services.


By Sea

Cambridge can be reached easily from the passenger ferry ports of Harwich and Felixstowe. From Felixstowe there is a good road link to Cambridge using the A14. Leave the A24 by the A1303 (Newmarket Road) and travel along this road until you reach a roundabout with the first left turn being the A603 (East Road). Go down here for half a mile until you reach another roundabout. At this roundabout drive straight on, along Gonville Place. When you reach a crossroads drive straight on along Lensfield Road. At the end of this road turn right at the T-junction, along Trumpington Street. Now follow the instructions above (in the section `By Car'). The journey takes about 1 hour. Alternatively, take a train to London and then a train or coach from there to Cambridge. Trains from Harwich (Parkeston Quay) for London (Liverpool Street) are timed to meet the Harwich ferry. From Liverpool Street, follow instructions for travel by rail from London.

An alternative ferry route from the continent is via the ports of Dover and Ramsgate. To proceed by road to Cambridge, take the M2 motorway to join the M25, turning north to cross the Thames at Dartford, leave the M25 north at exit 27 onto the M11 towards Cambridge (see by road from London). The journey takes about 2 hours 30 minutes. Again, there are rail and coach links to London.


Useful Telephone Numbers

        Bus and Coach Services:

          Cambus                        01223 423554
          National Express              01223 460711
          Cambridge Coach Services      01223 423900


          Cabco                         01223 312444


          Heathrow Airport              0181 759 4321
          Gatwick Airport               01293 535353
          Stansted Airport              01279 680500

        Rail Passenger Enquiries:

          Cambridge                     01223 311999
          King's Cross                  0171 278 2477
          Liverpool Street              0171 928 5100
          London Region                 0171 222 1234  

        For any travel queries, coach/rail/air:
          Premier Travel Agency Ltd     01223 500007 
                                        01223 502233 (fax)

Other References

Sketch map of Cambridge

UK Trains
British Rail/Railtrack information, and London-Cambridge timetables

More taxi phone numbers

Continental Trains
SNCF information
Deutsche Bahn information

Major UK airports
Luton Airport and low cost airlines

Sea Travel
Ferry Savers

UK Public Transport information
Further information on coach, air, rail, and ferry travel


Nonlinear Centre, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EW, U.K.

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Last updated on 4th September 2001 .