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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


This page contains information regarding:

Pedestrian Access

Cambridge city centre is almost all flat and level, and comfortably small. Although there are a few areas of cobbles and difficult cambers, pedestrian access around the centre is not too difficult, and thanks to the efforts of the city and county councils, local residents and businesses, and the University, it is improving rapidly. You will soon learn the shortcuts and routes to take if you have mobility or vision problems, and the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre can help you with this.


Historic Centre

  • Much of the historic centre of Cambridge is a pedestrian zone 10am–4pm Monday to Saturday.
  • Bicycles, shuttle buses, permit holding cars, some taxis, and service providers such as rubbish collectors can still travel through the zone, using a one-way system. You may be entitled to a permit if you have a disability. See the next section on Driving for information.
  • There are benches in Sidney Street, Quayside, and the Lion Yard shopping centre, and a RADAR toilet in Lion Yard also. There are other RADAR public toilets scattered around Cambridge and the centre — see the section on Public Toilets for a list.
  • There are also disabled toilets on the first floor of Border's on Market Hill, and on the top floor of Marks and Spencer next to the café.

Shopping Centres

  • The more recent Grafton Centre, Fitzroy Street and Burleigh Street, located on the other side of Christ's Pieces around a 5–10 minute walk from the historic centre, are all pedestrian zones and generally very accessible.
  • The Grafton Centre itself is all under cover and on smooth floors, with large lifts between levels and disabled toilets inside the ordinary toilets on the ground floor.
  • Shopmobility services operate from the Grafton Centre East car park and the Park Street car park — see separate section on Shopmobility.

Grand Arcade

  • The Grand Arcade is a shopping centre between Downing Street, St Andrew's Street, Corn Exchange Street and Lion Yard.
  • There are 60 retail units, two cafes and a restaurant, and 902 parking spaces (including 36 blue badge parking spaces) in a two-level covered shopping centre.
  • All areas and facilities in the centre, including the central library, are fully accessible.

Online Maps

For maps of the University Departments and Colleges, see