Main contact details
We can be contacted using our handy contact form or via the following details:
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
University of Cambridge
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 dialling 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 roughly 1 mile from Cambridge city centre, train station and main central bus pick up/drop off locations. It will take on average about 20 minutes and there are a variety of urban and scenic routes. Addenbrookes hospital is 2 miles from the Unit. If that is too far for you, we would recommend taking a bus, taxi or cycling.
Below are some directions to help you get to the Unit 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 ( the main bus pick up/drop off locations nearby too)
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, if possible.
Below you can find useful local information for cycling in Cambridge and how to find your way safely to the MRC CBU.
Directions from Cambridge city centre
There are two sets of bus stops that are close to our location and will require a short walk from near the entrance of Chaucer road to the far end of the road. The first ones are the Nuffield hospital stops going in and out of Cambridge on Trumpington Road. Buses go between Trumpington Park and Ride site and Downing Street (next to Parkers Piece in the centre). The other stops are for the Universal bus service on Brooklands Avenue (opposite the exit of Chaucer Road), going between Addenbrookes hospital, via the train station, to near Madingley Road park and ride (Eddington avenue). The Universal service is best to get if you are coming from the train station. As all of these stops are served by the park and ride sites, they are ideal if you don’t want to take your car to the centre.
For other local buses, we recommend going to the train station or central bus stops. 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 to local and national bus route providers are below.
- Local bus information
- National bus information
- Universal bus timetable
- Trumpington Park and Ride bus timetable
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. You can get close to the Unit from the station by bus using the Universal bus, dropping you off at the end of Brooklands Avenue which is then a short walk away.
Here is a link to the national rail site where you can find train times and information.
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 metered parking by the Botanic Gardens, a free car park next to Lammas Land Park in Newnham (opens at 10 am), or use both the Madingley Road / Trumpington Park and Ride sites which allow easy access by bus. We recommend the Park and Ride bus sites to 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.
Below are some links to find alternative parking, information about the Park and Ride service and some taxi numbers.
Park and ride
From the Airport (Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick)
If you have travelled by plane to one of the London airports, getting to Cambridge and our location is quite straightforward. Stansted is the closest airport to the Unit, being only around 30mins to Cambridge by car and train. If you are coming by train from an airport, 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 sections. 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. Please make sure to check these routes for traffic before setting off.
For some information about places to eat, drink and stay, along with local entertainment and events in Cambridge, please visit http://www.visitcambridge.org/
- Matt Lambon-Ralph, Unit Director
- Victoria White, Unit Manager – contact for all general Unit information
- Gary Chandler – Site, Health and Safety, and Laboratory Manager – contact for all building, H&S or lab enquiries
- Amy Cook – for graduate information
- For inquiries regarding visits and media please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Freedom of Information and Data Protection requests, please see the information provided by the University of Cambridge