Welcome to England, Welcome to Cambridge!

Cambridge is a historical town north of London with first settlements dating back to Roman times. It is most famous for the University of Cambridge and its 31 colleges that are located in and around the city centre. Popular activities in Cambridge include punting on the river Cam and exploring the many small shops, museums and the rich history of the town. But Cambridge does not just have touristic appeal. We are very proud of our deep-rooted connections with computing and computing education, starting of course with notable Cambridge University alumni Charles Babbage and Alan Turing. In 1949, Professor Sir Maurice Wilkes of the University’s Mathematical Laboratory led the building of the EDSAC computer, which became the world’s first program-stored computer to enter regular service. After running a series of computing summer schools and other less formal computing educational programmes, the new department started the world’s first formal course in computer science in 1953: The Diploma of Numerical Analysis and Automatic Computing.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the city and the University. As you prepare for the conference, you can follow these links to find out more about the history of the University and what to do in Cambridge.

Impressions from the conference location ©Robinson College

Conference Format and Venue

The conference is hosted by the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre, which is a joint initiative between the University of Cambridge and the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

We are looking forward to welcoming our participants at Robinson College , which is conveniently located close to the Department of Computer Science and Technology, and only a 15 minute walk from the city centre. The conference will be held at the Crausaz Wordsworth Buidling, a dedicated conference venue.

Rooms will be available at Robinson College (up to 31st July), although there is also plenty of accommodation in Cambridge City Centre.

Map of Cambridge city

Map of Cambridge city centre showing main venues

Travelling around Cambridge

Cambridge is a small city and you can walk around most of it. There is a U bus which goes from the train station to Robinson College, and also on to the Computer Science Department: each journey costs £2. Alternatively you can use a taxi, and our local company Panther Taxis has its own app, although we do also have Uber and other cab services in Cambridge. You can also hire scooters and cycles.


Most major train routes to Cambridge lead through either London King’s Cross or London Liverpool Street stations. Travel time from London is approximately 60-90 min. Train tickets can be bought on Trainline, which is also a useful tool to find the best connections and train times. All train tickets that require use of the underground/tube in London already include the tube fare between the relevant stations. London King's Cross is adjacent to London St. Pancreas (less than 5 minutes walk) where the Eurostar arrives.

Cambridge is easy to reach from all London airports (particularly London Stansted).

Should you want to explore London before your journey to Cambridge, be aware that all travel around London is now contactless, so you can just pay for your travel as you go by tapping your mobile device at the barriers. Alternatively, you can buy an Oyster card at any ticket machine.