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Maxwell Centre


General Enquiries

Please feel free to get in touch directly with:

Maxwell Centre Administrator

(Temporary cover)

Ismail Mohamed

Tel. +44 (0) 1223 747386



For industrial knowledge exchange enquiries 

Email: contact @

Or reach out to our Liaison Team



Contact details for Maxwell Centre members and groups can be found through the Maxwell Community pages.


How to find us


Maxwell Centre 

University of Cambridge

Cavendish Laboratory 

JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE  

United Kingdom

Maxwell Centre Reception

Tel. +44 (0) 1223 747330


Interactive map is available here.



By bike/on foot

Maxwell Centre is located in the heart of the West Cambridge university campus. It is about 10 minutes' bike ride away from the Cambridge city centre, directly to the west. Follow the bike path along the Garret Hostel Lane and Burrell's Walk, leaving the University Library on your left. Keep right to reach the traffic lights at the crossing with West Road, then follow along the straight stretch of the Adams Road, continuing straight ahead onto the off-road bike path and towards the University Sports Centre. After leaving the Cavendish Laboratory on your right, turn right onto the wooden decking ramp just before the West Cafe. Pass between the two Hauser Forum buildings and the colourful Maxwell Centre facade will be visible about 100 yards ahead. Under-roof bicycle parking is available at the back of the building, as well as in front of the Gates building (to the left of the Maxwell Centre Building).

By public transport

Universal bus, also known as U bus and run by Go-Whippet, stops nearly directly in front of the Maxwell Centre, normally up to every 15 minutes (full timetable can be found here here), as well as GO Whippet 3 and X3 busses. If unsure, ask the driver for the Cavendish Laboratory stop. Other bus services, including Citi4, Park&Ride and X5 coaches stop along the Madingley Road, about 5 minutes walk away. 

PLEASE NOTE: due to construction work on the West Campus, the Cavendish Bus Stop might be suspended; if that were the case,  please use the Gates Building stop instead.

The University of Cambridge Environment and Energy Team update public transport options here.

By car

From the west

On A428 take the exit marked "London, M11, Cambridge (S&W)". Take the second exit on the roundabout, towards Cambridge (A1303) and continue straight ahead, past the crossing with M11, onto Madingley Road. Turn right into JJ Thomson Avenue at the crossing signposted to Cavendish Laboratory, and in about 100 yards you will reach your destination. 

From the south

Take M11 until exit 13, and then turn right towards Cambridge. Follow the A1303 (Madingley Road) straight ahead through the next set of traffic lights (Madingley P&R) and then turn right into JJ Thomson Avenue at the next crossing signposted to Cavendish Laboratory, and in about 100 yards you will reach your destination.

From north and east, via central Cambridge

Travel along the Cambridge ring road until the roundabout with A1303 (Madingley Road). Take Madingley Road westwards towards the M11, and follow it for about 0.5 mile. At the third set of traffic lights turn left into JJ Thomson Avenue signposted to Cavendish Laboratory, and in about 100 yards you will reach your destination.


Visitor parking availability is very limited on the whole site and must be pre-booked in advance. We strongly encourage planning alternative means of transport or getting in touch with the host of your visit in advance to reserve a parking place. They will liaise with the Maxwell Centre administrator to reserve a space for you subject to availability, and you will be given directions to the Maxwell Centre visitors parking spaces and a permit to display in your vehicle. Alternatively, visitors can use the Madingley Park&Ride site (free and about 15 minutes' walk away), or limited on-street parking along Clerk Maxwell Road.