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Maps, directions and travel info

Maps and travel information for visiting the Information Services Department (UIS), the UIS Service Desk, the West Cambridge Videoconferencing suite, and the Photography and Illustration Service (PandIS) on the New Museums Site.

Information Services Department and UIS Service Desk

UIS and the Service Desk are in the Roger Needham Building on the West Cambridge Site. The site is accessed from Madingley Road. The postal address is as follows:

Roger Needham Building 
7 JJ Thomson Avenue 
Cambridge CB3 0RB 

How to get to the Roger Needham Building

By train

Train travellers are advised to take a taxi from the station, or one of the frequent Universal buses to the West Cambridge site.

By Bus

Universal bus route map (click on a stop for departure info) | Universal bus timetable

The Universal bus (Whippet, route U) runs between Addenbrooke's Hospital and Madingley Road Park & Ride. It departs from Stop 8 at Cambridge Station (bus direction: "Madingley Road P&R"). Take the bus out to JJ Thompson Avenue, off Madingley Road, and alight at just after the bus turns into the West Cambridge Site (outside the Whittle Laboratory). Take the first left (still JJ Thompson Avenue), beside the Whittle Laboratory, and the Roger Needham Building is about a minute's walk, on the left as the road bends. The 20 minute bus journey costs £2 (£1 for University Card holders), and departs every 15-20 minutes.

To return to the city centre and rail station by bus, walk out of the Roger Needham Building's main entrance, cross the road and follow the footpath along the side of the William Gates Building (Computer Laboratory); the return bus stop is on the opposite side of JJ Thompson Avenue (bus direction: "Addenbrooke's").

By car

Via M25/M11: Exit at Junction 13. Drive into Cambridge on the Madingley Road (A1303). After approximately half a kilometre turn right into the West Cambridge Site onto JJ Thomson Avenue. After 100m turn left (just past the Whittle Labotratory) and follow the road round to your right. The Roger Needham Building is on the left, just after the first bend in the road.


Visitors can park outside the front door while they sign-in at Reception, and visitor parking is then available at the rear of the building. You will need to collect the access code from Reception in order to exit the car park.

West Cambridge Videoconferencing Suite

Room FW09 Computer Laboratory
15 JJ Thomson Avenue


The Photographic & Illustration Service (PandIS)

The Photographic & Illustration Service is on the New Museums Site in the centre of Cambridge. The entrance to the New Museums Site in Pembroke Street is almost directly opposite Tennis Court Road.

Enter the New Museums Site from Pembroke Street and pass a bike cage on the left ('Cockcroft Building' on the map), turn immediately left. In front, about 30m away, is a set of glass double doors, pass through these and either take the stairs or lift to the fourth floor.

Directions to the New Museums Site

By train

Train travellers are advised to take a taxi from the station, or one of the frequent buses to the city centre; from the central bus station (Drummer Street) it is about 5 minutes' walk to the New Museums Site.

By car

In preference, use one of the Park and Ride sites around the outside of town - see

Via M25/M11: Exit at Junction 12. Drive into Cambridge on the Barton Road (A603). When you reach a small roundabout, turn right onto Fen Causeway. Turn left at the end of the road onto Trumpington Road. Drive straight ahead over the next mini roundabout and on to Trumpington Street, pass the Fitzwilliam Museum on the left and shortly after turn right into Pembroke Street. The Lion Yard Car Park is just beyond the New Museums Site (if full or considered too expensive, you can get to the long-stay car park by turning right at the end of the street, although there are quicker ways of getting there, avoiding the queues).


Visitors should be aware that there is no vehicle access to the New Museums Site.

There is limited one-hour parking by metered ticket in Free School Lane, and a short-stay large multi-storey car park at Lion Yard, accessed from Corn Exchange Street. There is a cheaper long-stay car park about 15 minutes' walk from the city centre at Queen Anne Terrace on Gonville Place, alongside Parkers Piece (a large open green area). [Map of central Cambridge car parks]

N.B. Allow plenty of time especially if planning to park at Lion Yard Car Park as there are often long delays due to traffic congestion. There are several Park & Ride services ( that stop at Drummer Street central bus station, a few minutes walk from the New Museums Site.

Last updated: December 2016