SQLSaturday Cambridge Information and Travel

[Last updated on 22nd July 2016. More information added as we have it. Keep checking back!]

The SQLSaturday Cambridge 2016 team is working hard to provide all the information that you require. This page will hopefully serve as a rough guide for all the information that may come in handy to make your experience as enjoyable and affordable as possible. If you have any questions that may need answering please email us at sqlsaturday520@sqlsaturday.com clearly stating your question.

Visitor Information and Services

If this page does not provide the answer you are looking for, please visit the official Moller Centre contact and travel information page. Additionally, you should check out the Cambridge County Council Residents information page and Visit Cambridge and Beyond.

Hotels

We are recommending that you stay at either the Moller Centre accommodation or Gonville and Caius College and both represent good value. The Moller Centre is where the Community day venue and pre-conference sessions are being held at but the only downside is that it is a pleasant 15-20 minute walk to the centre of Cambridge (however parking is absolutely free). Alternatively , Selwyn College and Gonville and Caius College are located at a good central Cambridge location but is a 15 minute walk to the Community day venue. Our preference probably favours staying at the Moller Center for convenience certainly if you are staying over for more than a night and attending pre-conference sessions.

Moller Centre booking instructions
We have negotiated an excellent price of £60 + VAT for bed-only rate or £68 + VAT for bed and breakfast for Friday and Saturday night. To book, call 01223 465534 or email the request to Bonnie Taylor quoting reference number KX 25324. You can find out more about what they have to offer by visiting www.mollercentre.co.uk/accommodation.php?lang=ENG

Selwyn College booking instructions
Alternatively, as a second option, you can book accommodation in Selwyn College which lies approximately half way between the event and the Centre of town. Rooms are priced at £84 in total. For availability and booking please visit the conference accommodation booking page.

Gonville and Caius College booking instructions <-we will be updating this with new details soon!
“Our new Stephen Hawking Building contains our superior en-suite rooms. Rooms in this building are priced from £67.00+VAT each and include hospitality tray, WiFi Internet access, toiletries and a full English and Continental breakfast. A limited number of Twin and Double rooms and Disabled access rooms are available in this building. These rooms are charged at a price of £82.00+VAT per room per night.
From the 9th to the 13th of September, we have 14 single ensuite bedrooms, 4 double ensuite bedrooms and 7 twin ensuite bedrooms.

We also have additional rooms in Harvey Court, which is located just in front of our Stephen Hawking Building. Harvey Court Building was completed in 1962. It was designed by Prof. Sir Leslie Martin, the Cambridge Professor of Architecture, and has won many prizes. It represents the then contemporary style where materials of construction are fully exposed. The building was refurbished in 2011 to provide one hundred single rooms with ensuite facilities. These rooms are also priced at £67.00+VAT* per person per night and include hospitality tray, WiFi Internet access, toiletries and a full English breakfast.
From the 9th to the 13th of September, we have 72 single ensuite bedrooms available and 21 double ensuite bedrooms.”

Please email directly to conference.office@cai.cam.ac.uk to enquire on availability and confirm your booking.

Why not search yourself?
We have found in the past that the website Hotels.com appears to be obtaining good discounted prices for some of the Cambridge hotels. Most recently we have found that booking.com to also be convenient and cheap way to find and book Hotels.

We have also come across the University Rooms Cambridge website which appears to provide a good portal to search and book University accommodation availability at good prices.

Travel

Travelling to Cambridge is very easy and is accessible by Road and Train. The Cambridge County Council maintains quite a comprehensive website providing travel and parking information and we recommend you check this out. You may also find Travelline helpful for planning your journeys in and around Cambridge – including Bus routes.

Buses

A regular bus service operates in Cambridge. Details for Cambridge Bus routes can be found via the Stagecoach website. Maps can be found and downloaded.

Walking

These details will follow shortly.

Car

The Moller Centre provides free parking to all attendees but Cambridge also offers a “Park and Ride” service and plenty of Car parks. If travelling by car we recommend driving directly to the Moller Centre on the Community day. Parking is not free at the pre-conference days venue (Cambridge City Hotel) and the closest carpark (next to the hotel) is the Grand Arcade. The cheapest parking option is to use the Park and Ride system.

Park and Ride

Cambridge operates a very low cost park and ride service and this runs regularly from several locations around the outskirts of Cambridge to its centre. Use the Park and Ride service on the pre-conference days if you wish to keep parking costs to an absolute minimum. For more information see Cambridge County Council Park and Ride.

Car Parks

Cambridge has a number of Car Parks scattered around the City but they are not cheap for the day. If attending the pre-conference days, Park and Ride is the cheapest option (as mentioned above) and if attending the Community day then free parking is provided at the venue.

Airports

Our closest major airport is Stansted (midway between London and Cambridge) which has a train service that can take you direct to Cambridge or London. Other London Airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick could also be used but we recommend you use their Heathrow Express or Gatwick Express services respectively to speed up your travel time to the London Underground -which you can then use to travel to Kings Cross Station (see the Train section below).

Train

Getting the train to Cambridge from London is incredibly easy. There are potentially two London mainline stations that go to Cambridge (Kings Cross and Liverpool Street) but only one of them is recommended since the Liverpool Street line has a lot of stops and should be avoided if possible. The recommended route from Kings Cross station is fairly regular and the fastest train will take no more than 1 hour 10 minutes. Try and catch the train that terminates at Kings Lynn but get off at Cambridge (this will be the stop after Royston). Train times can be searched via National Rail and tickets may be purchased online or on the day.

Heathrow Express

If you are flying in or out to/from Heathrow airport then you can either use London Underground immediately from one of the Heathrow terminals (which is not recommended due to the time of travel) or you can make use of the high speed Heathrow Express service which runs every 30 minutes between London and Paddington station -and is ideal way to relax after a long flight. Simply follow the signs from the airport (once you leave security and hit the main concourse) and walk to the service. The signs upon exit will take you to lifts (or stairs) underneath the Airport concourse. Tickets may be purchased in advance or even on the train, but prices are generally better in advance and e-tickets can be used for convenience. The service is relatively cheap (approximately £35 for a return) and the journey to Paddington takes approximately 20 minutes.

Gatwick Express

If you are flying in or out to/from Gatwick airport then you should use of the high speed Gatwick Express service which runs every 15 minutes between London and Victoria station -and is ideal way to relax after a long flight. Simply follow the signs from the airport (once you leave security and hit the main concourse) and walk to the service. The signs upon exit will take you to lifts (or stairs) underneath the Airport concourse. Tickets may be purchased in advance or even on the train, but prices are generally better in advance and e-tickets can be used for convenience. The service is relatively cheap (approximately £31 for a return) and the journey to Victoria takes approximately 30 minutes.

London Underground (Tube)

Maps of the Tube system can be downloaded from Transport for London and for travelling speakers we recommend you do this for piece of mind to your smart phone. You will only need to use London Underground if you have arrived in the UK via Heathrow or Gatwick Airports (see Airports section above) and you will need to use it in order to travel to Kings Cross train station (see Trains section above). Tickets (single or return) can be obtained on the day.

Paddington Underground Station (if using Heathrow Express)

If you are using the Heathrow Express service then upon arrival at your destination you will terminate at Paddington Station. Follow the signs to Paddington London Underground station in order to make your way to Kings Cross Station. You require Tube trains on either the Hammersmith & City or Circle East bound line (this can usually be determined by checking if the destination of the train is an East bound station!) – but ask someone if it is heading to Kings Cross if you are unsure.

Victoria Underground Station (if using Gatwick Express)

If you are using the Gatwick Express service then upon arrival at your destination you will terminate at Victoria Station. Follow the signs to Victoria London Underground station in order to make your way to Kings Cross Station. You require Tube trains on the Victoria North bound line (this can usually be determined by checking if the destination of the train is a North bound station -and usually Walthamstow Central since that is the most Northerly station on that line) – but ask someone if it is heading to Kings Cross if you are unsure.