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Clare College

Accommodation and facilities

The second oldest College in Cambridge, Clare boasts 17th century architecture, stunning gardens and a convenient venue location in central Cambridge, either side of the River Cam. The college has also demonstrated its commitment to environmental management, topping the Cambridge University Environmental Consulting Society (CUECS) Management League Table for the second year running.

Bedrooms are modern and comfortable, with en suite bathrooms and internet access. All rooms are provided with tea/coffee making facilities, towels and toiletries. A clean towel will be supplied every day. Beds are made and serviced every day apart from Sundays.

Most of the day activities are hosted at the Gillespie Centre on site, a new conference centre with wireless connectivity and modern audio visual facilities. The Gillespie Centre uses solar thermal panels and a ground source heat pump for efficient heating and cooling. Energy consumption is kept to a minimum with extensive insulation and large, solar coated, south facing windows which limit heat gain in the summer.  

Directions to Clare College

Travelling by road 

Cambridge is linked to London and the M25 by the M11 motorway. For Clare College, exit at junction 12 for Barton Road or junction 13 for Madingley Road.

Access from the Midlands and North is via the A14 and A1. From whichever direction you approach you should make for the A14 to the north of Cambridge. Merge with the M11 and leave at junction 12.

If you are using a satellite navigation system, our postcode (CB3 9AJ) takes you to the rear of the College. Once you arrive on Queens Road, please continue along until you see large black gates and a yellow and black sign saying Clare College, Memorial Court.

If you are arriving by bicycle we have bike sheds at the front entrance of Memorial Court, which are covered by CCTV. All delegates are advised to use a secure lock. 


Car parking for up to 100 cars is available at a nearby sports ground car park with prior notice. Public car parks are available at Park Street and the Grand Arcade both 300 meters from the College in central Cambridge.

Travelling by rail 

Cambridge is less than an hour away from London by train with frequent departures from King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations. Some direct services operate from Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham. Cambridge Station is about a 25-minute walk from Clare, but buses run every 8 minutes into the centre of Cambridge and taxis are available for hire at Cambridge Station. 

Travelling by Coach 

There are frequent services between London's Victoria Coach Station and Drummer Street Bus Station in Cambridge. Most services will terminate from Cambridge Bus Station, from here it is only a 5-minute walk to Clare Old Court. 

Travelling by air

London Stansted Airport is located just 30 miles south of Cambridge, is 35 minutes away via the M11 motorway and is the most convenient international airport but there are also regular flights from most European destinations. Heathrow and Gatwick are both approximately 2 hours away by road or rail, and there are frequent coach connections to Cambridge (Drummer Street Bus Station) from all three airports. NB: If taking a taxi be sure to ask to be dropped off at Clare College, Memorial Court in Queen's Road.


Link to maps and contact information for Clare College.


Clare College
Memorial Court
Queen's Road

T: +44 (0)1223 333261

Clare College website