Practical information

The Complex Nanophotonics Science Camp will be held on August 2-5 2022 in an exceptional setting: the Cumberland Lodge, a beautiful 17th Century country house in Windsor Great Park, close to London. The Lodge is now occupied by an education charitable foundation and holds a very diverse range of conferences, lectures and discussions. Please visit for more information.


By plane: The closest airport is Heathrow, at just 20 minutes by car. Gatwick airport is 40 minutes by car.

By train: The closest train station is Egham, that is well connected to both London Waterloo and Reading.

By taxi: The appropriate fares to Cumberland Lodge are about £10 from Egham Station, between £30 and £50 from Heathrow and between £70 and £100 from Gatwick.

By Car: Cumberland Lodge has plenty of free parking. Please note that for Crown Estate legal reasons, GPS SatNac Systems do not work within the Great Park. However, they do work for Bishopsgate Road, Englefield Green, TW20 0XU, which is just outside the Bishopsgate entrance to the Park, and SL4 2JA is for drivers coming from the Windsor and Ascot direction using the Ranger’s Gate entrance.

Historical Foundations

Cumberland Lodge is a former Royal residence in the Great Park at Windsor. In 1947, King George VI granted the Lodge to St Catharine’s, a then newly established educational charitable trust. They would be given the opportunity to discuss important social and ethical issues and to reflect on the value of their academic work in relation to society.

The Grounds

There are two main buildings – the Lodge and the Mews. The dining rooms, lounges, chapel, library and administrative offices are housed in the Lodge, while the two conference rooms and four seminar rooms are located on the ground floor of the Mews.


All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and are primarily located on the higher floors of both the Lodge and the Mews buildings. New visitors are surprised to learn that there are no room keys. However, we are able to secure valuables in one of our insurance-rated safes by arrangement. Guests are asked to vacate bedrooms by 9.00 AM on the day of departure. Free Internet access is offered on PCs in the Mews and the basement of the Lodge, and both buildings have free Wi-Fi as well.

Recreational Facilities

Recreational facilities at the Lodge include a small gymnasium, tennis court, croquet, snooker, pool, table tennis and table football. We may also be able to provide a small number of bicycles, subject to availability. A wide variety of board games are available in the bar. There is an electronic organ in the Chapel and a grand piano in both the Drawing Room and the Tapestry Hall.

Any question?