Visit Swansea University’s website for a map of the University Campus, or see the main conference page for an interactive map of the Swansea area, as well as updated versions of the conference programme and abstracts.
ACCESSING YOUR ACCOMMODATION / REGISTERING
Early / Out of Hours Arrivals
Delegates arriving before Thursday 2 July, or after the opening registration period should collect their room keys from the Preseli Reception Desk, Preseli Building (building 20 on the campus map), which is open 24 hours. Check-in is from 2 pm.
The BSHS Information & Registration Desk in the foyer of the Faraday Building will be staffed for the duration of the conference (9.00-5.30 Friday to Saturday, and 9.30-1.00 on Sunday); late arrivals and day-delegates should collect their conference packs from there.
Arrivals on Thursday 2 July
Delegates arriving on Thursday 2 July may collect their room keys at Registration in the foyer of the Faraday Building, the main conference venue (building 8.1 on the campus map). Registration will run from 2 until 5 pm. There will be a luggage store in operation in the Faraday Building from 11 am for delegates arriving before Registration opens.
GETTING TO SWANSEA
Travelling to Swansea by air (airports listed in ascending order of distance):
- Cardiff Airport – see http://www.cardiff-airport.com/to-and-from/
Take a bus (905) or taxi to Cardiff Rhoose Rail Station (10 mins). Take a train to Bridgend (30 mins); change for a train to Swansea station (30-40 mins).
Alternatively, take a bus (T9) to Cardiff Central Rail Station (40 mins). Take a train to Swansea station (1 hr).
- Bristol Airport – see http://www.bristolairport.co.uk/to-and-from-the-airport
Take the National Express coach service to Cardiff Central Bus station, which is immediately adjacent to Cardiff Central Rail Station (90 mins). Complete your journey by taking a National Express coach or Greyhound bus or train to Swansea (1 hr).
Alternatively, take the Bristol Airport Express bus to Bristol Temple Meads Train Station (30 mins). Journeys by rail from Bristol Temple Meads to Swansea take approximately 2 hrs, and involve changing at Newport or Cardiff Central.
- Birmingham Airport – see https://birminghamairport.co.uk/directions-and-transport/
Take the free Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International Train Station. Onward journeys by rail to Swansea will involve changing at Shrewsbury (4 hrs 30 mins) or at Birmingham New Street and Newport or Bristol Parkway (3 hrs 40 mins).
- London Heathrow – see http://www.heathrowairport.com/transport-and-directions
Delegates arriving at Heathrow can travel to London Paddington train station using the Heathrow Express train (15 mins) or London Underground (Piccadilly line to Earl’s Court, District line to Paddington, approx. 1 hr). From there a train to Swansea will take approximately 3 hours.
Alternatively, take a National Express coach direct from Heathrow Airport to Swansea bus station (4 hrs – 4hrs 40 mins).
- Manchester Airport – see http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/to-and-from-the-airport/
Take the train from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station. The direct train service from Manchester Piccadilly takes approximately 4 hrs 10 mins.
- Other London airports (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City)
Delegates arriving at other London airports should travel to London Paddington (rail) or London Victoria coach station using the appropriate combination of overground train and underground or coach, completing their journey to Swansea by train (3 hrs) or National Express coach (4 hrs 40 mins).
Alternatively, take a National Express coach direct from Gatwick Airport (5hrs 30 mins +). From Luton and Stansted, coach travellers will need to change at Heathrow.
- Useful journey planners include:
www.traveline.cymru – for all journeys by public transport within Wales
www.nationalrail.co.uk – for all journeys by train within the United Kingdom
www.tfl.gov.uk – for all journeys by public transport within London
www.nationalexpress.co.uk – for coach journeys via National Express
www.greyhounduk.com – for Greyhound journeys between Cardiff and Swansea.
GETTING TO THE CAMPUS ON ARRIVAL IN SWANSEA
(approx. 30 mins from the train station, 15 mins from the bus & coach station)
A regular bus service, the 4 or 4A, runs from directly outside Swansea train station to the University; stopping at the Quadrant Centre bus and coach station en route. It usually passes the main entrance to the campus then loops back via Singleton Hospital to stop directly in front of Fulton House, site of the main University reception. Tickets can be added to a train ticket in advance (PlusBus tickets), purchased on board, or bought via an app:
A range of other buses are available from the Quadrant Centre: the 2A and 3A stop on the campus; the 2 and 2C pass by it – delegates taking these services should alight at the Boating Lake stop and cross the footbridge to the campus.
(approx. 15 mins from the train station, 10 mins from the bus & coach station)
There are taxi ranks at both the train station and the Quadrant Centre bus and coach station; from the train station, travel to the campus will cost approximately £8. Taxis will normally drop visitors off outside Fulton House, but will go direct to Preseli if asked (see below).
Access to the University campus by car is via Mumbles Road (A4607). For a full set of
driving directions see: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/the-university/location/directions/ . Parking on campus is extremely limited. See below for further information.
Delegates arriving by car should be aware that on-campus parking is extremely limited. Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, visitors may drive onto campus to drop-off or collect passengers in front of Fulton House (building 17); they may also use the very small
pay & display visitor car park (P1 on the campus map). Off-campus parking is available at the nearby Pub on the Pond and the Council-run pay and display Recreation Ground Car Park (see Google Map). In the evenings and at the weekend, visitors are welcome to park in any of the campus car parks.
Extra nights. These can be booked through Swansea University Conference Services, adding a note to say that you are attending BSHS 2015: [email protected].
Double and family rooms. On-campus accommodation at Swansea University mostly consists of single rooms with en-suite facilities. There are also a small number of twin rooms which we have reserved for our delegates. Please contact us for further details on [email protected]. Please note, however, that because of the presence of heavy fire doors, the University does not consider this accommodation suitable for small children. For alternative accommodation options in and around Swansea, see http://www.visitswanseabay.com/.
Accessibility. If you require a room on the ground floor this can be arranged provided you notify us at the time of booking. If you are a wheelchair user, please contact us in advance to discuss your needs.