Getting to Oxford
International participants flying into Heathrow or Gatwick should board an Airline coach provided by the Oxford Bus Company. These distinctive blue vehicles run a regular service from the Heathrow Central Bus Station (Stand 14a) and Terminal 5 (Stand 9), with a journey time to Oxford City Centre of c.90 minutes. A period return ticket costs £29; these can either be booked in advance or purchased (cash only) from the driver on the day. Buses also depart regularly from the South (Lower Forecourt, Stands 1 and 2) and North (Lower Forecourt, Stands 4 and 5) Terminals of Gatwick airport, with a journey time of c.150 minutes, for which a period return ticket costs £37. On arrival in Oxford from either of these services, get off at the final stop, Gloucester Green bus station on George Street, which is a c.20-minute walk from St Hugh’s College and the Faculty of English (see the map below). Birmingham International, Stansted, and Luton airports have less frequent coach and/or rail connections with Oxford.
Rail and Coach
There are frequent direct trains to Oxford station from London Paddington and regular links northwards via Birmingham, southwards via Reading, and westwards via Didcot. Timetables, connections, and fares are available from National Rail. The station is a c.25-minute walk from St Hugh’s College and the Faculty of English (see the map below).
Oxford-bound X90 Buses also run very frequent services from several locations in central London, as does the red Oxford Tube. A less frequent service connects with Birmingham International Airport. There are connections with many other parts of the country, including a direct service to Cambridge, the X5. On arrival in Oxford from any of these services, get off at the final stop, Gloucester Green bus station on George Street, which is a c.25-minute walk from St Hugh’s College and the Faculty of English (see the map below).
Detailed instructions for reaching Oxford by car can be found on the University website. The city centre is best avoided by approaching the College from the north on the A4165 Banbury Road or A4144 Woodstock Road, both of which are accessible from the ring road. Sat Nav users should enter the postcode OX2 6LE (if driving to the College) or OX1 3UL (if driving to the Faculty of English). If using the M40 from the north leave at Junction 9, but from the south-east leave at Junction 8. A limited amount of parking is available at the College for visitors, and parking spaces are also available on St Margaret’s Road near the College gates; if you are planning to drive to the conference, please contact us as soon as possible with your registration details and dates of arrival and departure so we can arrange a short-term permit with the Lodge. Park and Ride services are also available, and − given the well-known difficulties of parking in central Oxford − are strongly recommended.
Getting to St Hugh’s College and the Faculty of English
The location of our accommodation venue St Hugh’s College (Red Bed) and our conference venue the Faculty of English (Green Building) in relation to the train station and Gloucester Green bus station can be seen on the following map. The c.20-minute walk to both venues from the transit hubs is a pleasant one, although if the weather is inclement and/or you have luggage a taxi is advised. These should be on standby, but if none are present we can recommend the following local firms:
001 Taxis: +44 (0)1865 200400
City Taxis: +44 (0)1865 794000
Radio Taxis: +44 (0)1865 242424
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