School visits to Christ's - practical details
This is a page of practical information for teachers who have organised a visit to Christ's with our Access & Outreach team. We hope that it will be useful. If you can think of details we've missed, do let us know.
Things to tell us in advance
Please email us (with some notice, please!) if:
- A member of your group has a disability or mobility issue that we need to know about.
- Any of your group will require use of a prayer room during the visit.
- [if you will be eating in the College canteen] any of your group have allergies or special dietary needs.
On the day of your visit, please ensure that you have the mobile number of the Christ's Admissions & Outreach Officer who will be hosting your visit (normally Mark or Kristy) on you, and send a text message if your group will not arrive at the allotted time. Many thanks - this helps us greatly!
We strongly prefer a text message to a phone call, if possible, as we are not always able to take a phone call at the time. The mobile number is only to be used on the day of your visit. At any other time, please use the normal office contact details (at the end of this page).
If you're coming by car or coach, do allow time for congestion. Unfortunately there can be quite a bit of congestion on the approach to Cambridge and within the city, especially around rush hour, and we have had some school groups who've been delayed. Websites like Traffic England can be useful for checking the flow.
Schools groups arriving by coach or minibus are asked to drop the group off in the Queens' Road layby next to the green outside Queens' College. The address is Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, and the maximum stay is 10 mins.
You can then walk your group to Christ's - see the walking route to Christ's from Queens' Road layby. The College address is St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3BU. If you need us to meet you at the Queens' Road layby and walk your group over with you, please let us know.
Please do not be tempted to drive directly to Christ's College in the historic centre of Cambridge. There is no parking for visitors, no suitable place for drop-off, and the small medieval streets and one-way system makes the College difficult to approach!
Unfortunately the weather is not something that we can organise for you. Although it is often kind to us in Cambridge, do note that activities normally take place whatever the weather! We've given tours outside in heavy rain, snow, blazing sunshine etc.! Please ensure that your group is well prepared for the programme and the weather so that they will be comfortable, and that they have shoes that they can walk comfortably in.