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The Stephen Hawking Building, (Gonville & Caius College), Cambridge

Comfortable en-suite B&B accommodation just a 5-10 minute walk from Cambridge city centre offering free Wi-Fi, hospitality tray and toiletries.

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Summary

  • 21st century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Free public car parking (nearby)
  • Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
  • No smoking
  • Minimum age 21
  • B&B
  • Room Only (no kitchen facilities)
  • No Official Rating
  • Lifts

Facilities

  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Luggage storage
  • 24 hour security
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Clothes dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Bicycle storage
  • Bring your own travel cot

Food and Drinks

  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Golf course (a short drive)
  • Tennis courts (walking distance)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

Just a short walk from the heart of the city making it a good location for a leisure break or business trip. Historic Cambridge has much to offer including museums, galleries, the botanic gardens, punting on the River Cam, walking tours of the city or explore by bike following the excellent network of cycle paths in and around the city. Cambridge is easily accessible from all major road networks.

Offering single, twin or double ensuite rooms with breakfast included. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, hospitality tray and toiletries.

Please note: Stag and Hen parties are not permitted.

History to the present day

Named after the College’s most celebrated living Fellow, Professor Stephen Hawking, who lived and wrote his famed bestseller A Brief History of Time on this site, the aptly named Stephan Hawking building was designed by Mark Wilkinson and officially opened by HRH Prince Philip in April 2007.
 
The building has an interesting plan form like an elongated letter ‘s’. This arrangement was required by planning considerations because of the position of several listed trees. The resulting design is unusual but pleasing.

Food and Drinks

A full English or Continental buffet breakfast is included in the price for B&B guests only and is served in the Harvey Court dining room or Old Courts main hall. There is an excellent variety of food and the property can cater for an extensive range of special dietary requirements. Please make a note of any special requirements in the additional information box when booking.

Breakfast is served between 8.15am and 9.15am Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 10.00am on Saturday and Sunday.

The property is located within walking distance of many good restaurants, cafés and shops.

Grounds and gardens

Located next to Harvey Court which has its own extensive area of beautifully landscaped gardens at the rear of the building. With guests permitted to walk on the grass here, the gardens make a delightful addition to your stay. Stephen Hawking residents will also have ready access to the other beautiful college gardens which stretch from West Road to Sidgwick Avenue.

Other facilities

Laundry facilities and bike storage available.

Secure parking can be arranged subject to availability and a fee and must be pre-booked before arrival. Please speak to the Conference Office (Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm) should you wish to enquire about parking. Contact details can be found on your booking receipt.

Free on-road parking is available between 5.00pm and 8.00am on West Road.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: The Stephen Hawking Building, 5 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DS, United Kingdom

Check-in: From 2.00pm  Check-out: By 10.00am

Guests are invited to check-in and out at the Porters' Lodge, situated at the entrance to the West Road site. The Lodge is open 24 hours a day and is able to meet the needs of the guest. However, despite their title, the College Porters do not carry guest's bags, but are there for advice and support.

How to get here:

  • By Train:

The railway station is located 1 mile south of the city centre. Cambridge is on a branch of the East Coast Main Line and is easily accessible from all parts of the country. Train times can be searched for using the National Rail Enquiries website.

There is a frequent train service between Cambridge and London to both King's Cross and Liverpool Street. The King's Cross service is quicker and takes about 45 minutes. Trains leave roughly every half hour during the day. There is a 5 or 6 hour gap between around midnight and about 6.00am when no trains run between the 2 cities.

If you are travelling from Scotland or the north it is advisable to change at Peterborough.

You will need to take either a taxi or a bus to Caius, it is approximately a 30 minute walk. There is a taxi rank immediately adjacent to the main entrance and you should direct the driver to the Gonville & Caius Porter's Lodge on West Road. The Universal bus runs every 15-20 minutes from the railway station (stop 8) to West Road between 07.15am and 07.45pm on weekdays, and between 08.30am and 07.00pm on Saturdays. You should ask for a ticket to West Road, University Library.

  • By Car:

If you are using SatNav then you will need the post code which is CB3 9DS.

From the north:

Leave the M11 at Junction 13, taking the A1303 toward Cambridge. Follow the A1303 (Madingley Road) to the end where you come to a mini roundabout. Take the second exit, turning right on to Queen's Road. From Queen's Road take your first right on to West Road. The Porter's Lodge is located on the left hand side.

From the south:

Leave the M11 at Junction 12, taking the A603 towards Cambridge. Follow the A603 (Barton Road) for approximately 1.5 miles into Cambridge and turn off left into Grange Road. From Grange Road take your 3rd right (opposite Rugby Club) on to West Road. About 300 metres, just after West Road Concert Hall you will see the Porter's Lodge located on the right hand side.

  • By Coach:

National Express coaches stop at Parker’s Piece in the city centre, which is a walk of approximately 15-20 minutes to West Road. There are regular services to Cambridge from London Victoria, London Stansted Airport and many other towns and cities throughout the UK.

The Stagecoach X5 service runs daily between Cambridge and Oxford, also connecting Bicester and Milton Keynes amongst others.

  • By Air:

Of the four main London airports (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted), Stansted is by far the most convenient for Cambridge.

Stansted Airport is just 28 miles south of Cambridge. Easy access is provided by coach or car via the M11. A regular rail service operates between Stansted Airport and Cambridge and takes approximately 30 minutes.

London Gatwick, London Heathrow and London Luton are all within 1-2 hours drive of Cambridge and also accessible by public transport via connecting bus and train services in London.

  • By Sea:

Harwich is the nearest passenger port and is located 68 miles south-east of Cambridge. There are connecting passenger services to Esbjerg (Denmark) and Hook of Holland. Good road and rail links from Cambridge make Harwich International easily accessible.

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Customer reviews

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We stayed in a pleasant room, and the location was extremely convenient. The staff were unfailingly polite and cheerful and really helped make the visit a happy one. Excellent value for money- will try to book a room here again when I come back to Cambridge.
Mr Daniel H

Clean, convenient. Hot water a bit spotty--shower would turn hot then cold. Service was outstanding. Breakfast was excellent: loads of options and very kind servers.
Mr Richard S

I had a lovely view and will return
Ms ELIZABETH R

Lovely quiet room overlooking a beautiful garden.
Mrs Caroline B

Ideal for a short stay in Cambridge. Only one pillow on the bed, however the porters kindly provided another once I asked. No hairdryer in the room, but again, the porters will provide one on request according to the information provided in the room. Tea and coffee making facility in the room, but no TV, which wasn't a problem for us for one night!
Ms Susan W

Lovely staff, enjoyable stay. Highly recommend
Miss Amy K

The porters were extremely friendly and helpful on the evening of our arrival. The accommodation is safe and secure, and the room was very clean and comfortable.
Dr Zoe S

The facilities were basic but clean and comfortable. The porters and waiting staff in the Breakfast room were very helpful and friendly. The breakfasts were excellent and plentiful. We would definitely book again. Only downside was that we couldn't get the Wi Fi to work despite getting another passcode from the Porters. Maybe that was a sign that we should give the umbilical technology a rest for a couple of days!!
Mrs Stephenie C

Good value in relation to the centre of Cambridge accommodation. Would look to do the same again. Would be good to be offered parking where available
Mr Martin H

We had a wonderful stay in Cambridge (family wedding )- such lovely rooms - staff - the housekeeper and porters were so helpful . Great location . Will definitely recommend and stay again .
Mrs Lisa H

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