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Travel information and meeting venue

Travel to the meeting venue

Manchester airport is connected to all major European cities, in some cases by multiple carriers including low-cost airlines (e.g. Amsterdam: KLM and EasyJet). Trains run from the airport (for the station in the airport follow the signs, and it is about 5 minutes' walk from the main terminals) to Piccadilly station in the centre of Manchester about every 15 minutes. A second option is Liverpool airport, which is served mainly by low-cost airlines and is about 50km from Manchester. A bus goes from Liverpool to the centre of Manchester once an hour during the daytime, with a transfer time of a little over an hour.

If you are coming to Manchester by train, timetables and booking services are available here. We are about 2 hours from London by rail. Tickets bought on the day (especially from London) can be very expensive, and you may wish to book in advance when cheaper tickets are likely to be available.

The meeting is being held in the Alan Turing Building of the University of Manchester, about 20 minutes' walk, or a short taxi ride, from Piccadilly station. A map of the University campus, including the railway station, is available here; the Turing building is number 46. The venue is the Lovell seminar room, room 3.225 on the third floor. The same link also has maps of the city centre, which is about 30 minutes' walk from the Turing building.

General travel information

Regular bus routes within Manchester and the surrounding areas leave from Piccadilly Bus station. Further travel information on Buses, trams and trains within the Greater Manchester area can be found at here, or via telephone 0161-228-7811 (8am - 8pm).Information and tickets are also available from GMPTE Travel-shops at the bus station.

Taxis. If you need to use a taxis any black hackney cab can be hailed at the road side or picked up at a taxi rank. Do not attempt to hail a minicab. Mini-cabs will not normally pick you up and if they do they, and you, are not covered by any insurance. Minicab have to be pre-booked via telephone call (phone numbers of a few mini-cabs firms - Taxifone: 0161-236-2322,Village Private Hire: 0161-237-3383, Radio Cars: 0161-236-8033)


You should book your own accommodation, of which there is a plentiful supply within walking distance of the University. Nearby ones include the Days Inn and the Ibis hotels on Princess Street and Portland Street. All three are about 20 minutes' walk from the meeting venue. If you are googling for a hotel, the University postcode is M13 9PL.

Short guide to areas and some possible places to visit within Manchester

Within the city

The city centre itself is commonly split into a number of distinct sections and quarters - each with their own character, atmosphere and appeal. Map of the city centre and districts

Slightly further

Directory of links to some attractions:

For general links to events and places to visit in Manchester see: What to See and Do in Manchester

. Below are links to a few attractions within and close to Manchester city centre. This list is far from exhaustive and is only intended to give a flavour of what is available! For Further information can be found at the Manchester tourist information website at www.visitmanchester.com. Also see http://www.prideofmanchester.com/ for a large list of online guides to everthing to do within the City (including everything from restaurants and bars to Art and Architecture).

Further Information

Tourist information office can be found at the Manchester City Town Hall in St Peters Square, next to the Library (both are marked on the map of the city centre). This is open Monday - Saturday 10am - 5:30pm & Sunday 10:30am - 4:30pm.

A large interactive map showing many of Manchesters visitor attractions can be found here.

Tourist information about many attractions and facilities in and around Manchester can be also found at:

  • http://www.manchester.gov.uk/visitorcentre/
  • http://www.manchester.com/
  • http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/tourist/