Contact Us

Main contact details

We can be contacted using our handy contact form or via the following details:

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
15 Chaucer Road

Telephone: +44 1223 355294
Fax: +44 1223 359062


Note: You may dial the extension after the phone number if you have tone dialing on your phone/exchange.

Getting to the Unit

The Unit is located 15 Chaucer Road, at the end of a quiet residential street off Trumpington Road (A1134), one of the main roads in and out of Cambridge. We are only 1 mile from Cambridge city centre, Cambridge train station and the University. Addenbrookes hospital is 2 miles away.

Please use the tabs provided to find information about getting to the Unit and around Cambridge.

Map to find us



Walking to the Unit is easy as it is only about 1 mile from Cambridge city centre, train station and main central bus pick up/drop off locations. It will take about 20 minutes on average to the Unit and there are a variety of urban and scenic routes. Addenbrookes hospital is 2 miles from the Unit so if that is too far for you then we would recommend taking the bus, a taxi or cycling.

Below are some directions to help you get to the CBU along with a map created by the council of some walking routes around the city.

Directions from the train station

Directions from Cambridge city centre (main bus pick up/drop off locations nearby too)

Walking map


The Unit is well connected by cycle paths with easy access to the City centre, train station, University and Addenbrookes hospital. Cycling is the most popular way to get around Cambridge and is the best way to see the city.

Below you can find useful local information for cycling in Cambridge and finding your way safely to the CBU.

Directions from Cambridge city centre

Bus information

The closest bus stops to the Unit are the Nuffield hospital stops going in and out of Cambridge on Trumpington Road. The stops are on the Trumpington Park and Ride bus route that goes to and from Downing Street (next to Parkers Piece in the centre). For Addenbrookes hospital the Uni 4 bus stops on Brooklands avenue opposite the exit of Chaucer Road.

For other local buses we recommend going to the train station or central bus stops and walking if possible. These are the closest stops for the guided busway. If you are travelling nationally then you will either be dropped off at the central bus station or the Trumpington Park and Ride where you can use one of the services mentioned earlier.

The main drop off and pick up points centrally in Cambridge, including the main bus station, are located on the following roads: Parkside, Drummer Street, Emmanuel Street and Regent Street. There are also many stops for local buses at the Train Station.

Links for local and national bus route providers are below.

Train information

Cambridge station is located only 1 mile away from the Unit and can be walked to in around 20 minutes. There is also cycle hire at the station and a taxi rank. Cambridge is well connected to London’s Kings Cross and Liverpool St stations taking about an hour. There are also good connections from the Midlands, North and East with some needing a change at Ely.

Here is a link to the national rail site where you can find train times and information. There also a rail map to national routes

Driving, Taxi and Parking

The Unit has a limited capacity for parking and we do not offer site parking unless it has been pre-arranged with a member of staff. If you need to park then there is a free carpark next to Lammas Land park in Newnham (opens at 10am) or use the Trumpington Park and Ride site off the M11 (Junction 11). By car the Park and Ride is the easiest way to get to us and avoid traffic. Please look at the links below for other parking options. There are two taxi ranks, one at the train station and one on Regent Street. For car hire there is a Hertz and National car hire located near the train station and more on Newmarket Road.

Below are some links to find alternative parking, information about the Park and Ride service and some taxi numbers.

Parking links

Park and ride


From the Airport (Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick)

If you have travelled by plane to one of the London airports then getting to Cambridge and the CBU is quite quick and easy. Stansted is the nearest airport to the CBU being only around 30mins to Cambridge by car and train. If you are getting the train from any of the airports Cambridge station is only 1 mile from the Unit. Buses arriving in Cambridge from these airports will typically go to either the central bus station or the Park and Ride site in Trumpington. You can find information on how to get here from these drop off points in the other tabs. If you hire a car from Stansted or Gatwick then coming via the M11 using (Junction 11) is the quickest route. For Heathrow we recommend using the A1, A505 and A10.



Local information

For some information about places to eat, drink, stay, along with local entertainment and events in Cambridge, please visit

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