How to get to Cambridge Literary Festival?

Cambridge is a beautiful and thriving university city with a wide array of attractions. If you’re planning on heading over for the Cambridge Literary Festival, you should plan your visit well in advance to ensure you have proper accommodation and a good grasp of the city’s layout. Otherwise, you might have to stay in a hotel outside the city, and spend hours every day finding the venue of events and places to eat.


How to get to Cambridge

All the event venues are located within 15 minutes of the city centre. However, traffic can get a little congested during weekends – especially festival weekends. Regardless of your mode of transportation, give sufficient allowance for unexpected delays.

  • By train: Cambridge Station is located on Station Road, and is about a 20-minute walk from city centre. There is also regular bus servicing the route (Citi 1 and 3). Check out the schedule at

  • By air: The closest airport to Cambridge is the Stansted Airport in Essex. It is approximately 45 minutes away by car. There is also a train station near the airport, and the journey to Cambridge takes about half an hour. For more information about the airport, please visit

  • By car: From London, take the M11 from Woodford and take exit 12 at A603 in Cambridgeshire

Cambridge City Architecture. Image courtesy of George Hodan

Distance Between Venues

If you are attending multiple events during the festival, take into consideration the time it takes to walk between venues. For example, Babbage Lecture Hall is located about 20 minutes away from the Old Divinity School, so if you plan on attending an event elsewhere Theatre, give yourself about half an hour before the next event. Otherwise, you might not be able to attend the next event in time.

Where to stay

There are about a dozen establishments offering accommodation within 15 minutes of the university, so you shouldn’t have any problem reserving a place to stay within your budget – as long as you do it early.

While you’re at Cambridge, be sure to visit the Visitor Information Centre at the Guildhall. They will provide you with all the information you need about local attractions.