Newnham’s location is a key reason for holding your event at the College: despite its tranquility and large estates, the college is 5 minutes from the M11, and a 10 minute stroll into the city centre.

Newnham is situated just five minutes’ drive from Junction 12 of the M11; limited parking is available on site and other parking facilities can be arranged through the Conference & Events Co-ordinator. The College is a short taxi ride from the train and bus stations.

It is a pleasant 10-minute stroll into the city centre of Cambridge with its historic sites, shops, the famous “Backs” along the river and other places to enjoy. The College is just across the road from the Arts and Humanities lecture theatres (which can seat up to 400) and libraries, and near many of the other University Departments.

A Google map is below; you may also want to look at the official University Map, which shows all Colleges and Departments and can be zoomed in to the level down to the level of individual building names and entrances, cycle parking and so on.  See also the plan of the College.

Getting to and from Newnham

By car

The College’s postcode is CB3 9DF.  Sidgwick Avenue is just off the A603 and approximately 2 miles from Junction 12 on the M11.

Please note that Silver Street is closed to cars for part of the day, and has a ‘tidal flow’ system for the rest.  At most times it will be easier, when approaching the College from the southern part of Cambridge, to use Fen Causeway.

The College does have parking available but it is limited. For all aspects of conference parking, including parking for those with disabilities, please contact the Conference Administrator.. All vehicles are left at owner’s risk. There is pay-and-display parking on Sidgwick Avenue, Ridley Hall Road & Newnham Walk.

By rail

There are frequent train services from London (King’s Cross, 49 mins, and Liverpool Street) and from the North and Midlands. There is a taxi rank at the station.

By coach

Regular coach service runs between London (Victoria Coach Station) and Cambridge.

By air

Stansted is the nearest international airport. There are regular coach services from Cambridge to all London airports, and train services from Stansted to Cambridge (see the links above).


There is a direct dial taxi call-line located at the Porters’ Lodge.

Tourist Information

The city centre is just a short walk from the College.The Tourist Information Centre is in the Guildhall (entrance from Peas Hill). Telephone Number: 0871 226 8006. Guided Tours of the city are arranged daily from the Tourist Information Centre where tickets can be brought.