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De Freville Avenue is a quiet tree-lined road just north of the River Cam. We are about 200m from the Fort St George footbridge which leads across the river to Midsummer Common.
From here you can head to the shops of the Grafton Centre, or cross Jesus Green past Jesus College to the historic city centre.
The Market Square and the central colleges are about 15 minutes away on foot. The University Library is a further 10 minutes. Theatres, cinemas, museums, restaurants and main shopping areas are all within walking distance. We are 2km from the Cambridge Science Park and the Cambridge Business Park and there is a good bus service to both from the end of our road.
The river walk to the city centre
The walk into the city centre is a pleasure in itself. The river is always alive with activity. On one side it is lined with University boathouses and the rowers take their chances with novice punters and the colourful barges that line the water edge. Ducks and swans glide downstream and, in Spring and Summer, there are flowers everywhere. There are pubs and restaurants along the river – and ice cream for sale in the summer!
The river runs along the edge of Midsummer Common and Jesus Green, both ancient areas of open parkland cut across by paths going in all directions.
The Commons are lined with majestic trees and manage to be both calm and peaceful spaces – and also a hive of activity. As well as walkers and cyclists, students practice ball games, youngsters enjoy the skateboard run, small children have a playground. There are tennis courts, a bandstand, an open air swimming pool and, at regular intervals throughout the year, a traveling fair arrives and takes up residence on Midsummer Common.
Walking in the other direction from our house, local shops, including banks, restaurants, pubs and a pharmacist, are about 5 minutes away.
Please click here for instructions on how to find us if you are arriving:
Trains leave London King’s Cross for Cambridge every half hour during the day. The journey time is 50 to 55 minutes. Click here for timetable information
Leave the M11 at junction 13 and turn right, following the signs to Cambridge. After 1½ miles, bear left at a mini-roundabout. After 200m you will come to a cross-roads with traffic lights; go straight across. Continue on this road for 600m with the River Cam appearing on your right, before joining a one-way system. Take the third main exit from this system, signposted Ring Road and Grafton car park. De Freville Avenue is then the second on the right.
From the north:
Leave the A14 at junction 31, then take the right-hand lane onto the A1307 (signposted Cambridge). After three miles, turn left at a set of traffic lights (a former garage currently used as a car wash is on your left). Then continue straight ahead signposted Ring Road; ignore the sharp turn to your left. After half a mile, join a one-way system. Take the second main exit from this system, signposted Ring Road and Grafton car park. De Freville Avenue is then the second on the right.
You can park one car in our driveway. Please let us know if you would like to make use of this space so that we can ensure that it is clear for you.
Click here for detailed directions from your starting point to CB4 1HW (De Freville Avenue) map).
During the day, the time between buses from Stansted Airport to Cambridge varies from 45 minutes to 75 minutes. The journey time is 50-60 minutes. Click here for timetable and fare information.
Taxis (see below) can be arranged to meet you at Stansted, Heathrow or Gatwick airports. click here for a list). We have found Panther Taxis (+44 (0)1223 715715) to be reliable.