Venue, Transport & Accommodation

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Conference venue

The Halls, St Andrew’s Plain. Norwich, NR3 1AU
Tel: + 44 (0) 1603 628477

St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls were built over 600 years ago and were the home of the Dominican friars. Now fully restored, they make a totally unique setting for the Conference, conveniently located in the city centre, with adjacent car-parking

About the city

The capital of East Anglia is a medieval city which has constantly invested in new architecture. Our Conference venue is amongst the prime examples of historic and interesting buildings which Norwich has to offer. Others include the 900 year old Norman Castle, the art nouveau Royal Arcade and the flint-built Guildhall. The city’s newest public building is the Forum which houses "Origins": a multi-million pound heritage visitor attraction, the finest public library in the country, the tourist information centre and a variety of places to eat.

Image of NorwichIf buildings aren’t your thing, then perhaps the shops can tempt you? Norwich has one of the highest proportions of small independent shops as well as big names and a new Mall – Chapelfield. Try Digby’s Chocolaterie in the Arcade, Brambles for gifts and Kettle of Fish in St Benedicts for handmade art. Wander through the Rambles of Pottergate and Bedford Street and you will find countless interesting places to shop. The UK’s largest open-air market is in Norwich and is open 6 days a week.

To round it all off there is vast array of restaurants, wine bars, nightclubs and cinemas which have recently burst onto the scene. More traditionally, Norwich is renowned for its plentiful supply of pubs serving ales.

Norwich also provides an ideal base from which to explore the Norfolk Broads, as well as the region’s market towns and villages, coast and attractions. Board trips on the Norfolk Broads are the traditional way to enjoy this picturesque landscape of marshes and fen and there are even city center river trips of Norwich to enjoy.

There is so much to do and enjoy in Norwich that you may well wish to extend your stay and invite your friends and family to join you. Do take this opportunity to visit this lovely area.

Helpful websites


Neither the Organising Committee, the Conference venue nor the Organisers can accept responsibility for any loss or injury relating to participants. All participants are recommended to obtain their own travel insurance policy for their trip.


Norwich transportation

By Air

Norwich is home to a major regional airport (Norwich International Airport) with international connections via Amsterdam (Schipol) and internal UK flights from Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dublin and Cardiff. For more information contact Norwich Airport on + 44 (0) 1603 411923 or refer to or

Norwich International Airport is 4 miles from the city centre with a regular bus service to the city centre (taxi approximately £5).

London Stansted Airport is within easy reach by road, approximately 65 miles away. The cost for a taxi to Norwich city centre is approximately £80 each way (pre-booked). An airport bus runs to Norwich every 2 hours at a cost of approximately £25 return. More information at

By Car

Major trunk roads to the Norwich area are the M11, A11, A12, A140 and A14 from London, the South East of England, ferry ports and the Channel Tunnel. The A14, A11, A47, A17 and A1 serve the Midlands and the North. Norwich's park and ride service is the most convenient way of getting into the city centre. For routes and further information on the park and ride scheme please refer to

To find the best route please refer to or


A range of carparks in the city centre are available. Refer to our map below or to this website address for further information: (pdf)

A new carpark is now available on St Andrew’s Street, very close to our Conference venue, offering 1084 spaces including 52 for the disabled, at a cost of £5 per day (5am to 6.30pm) and £1.50 for the evening (from 6.30pm).

By Coach

Daily services from all major cities are operated by National Express. For more information contact

By Rail

From London: Trains depart from Liverpool Street at least hourly. Journey time is around 1hr 50 minutes. Connecting services from the Midlands, North of England and Scotland are via Peterborough. 'one' also operates a direct service between Cambridge and Norwich, which takes approximately 70 minutes. The main train companies are Central Trains and one. Please contact the National Railways Enquiry line for more information tel: 08457 48 49 50 or



The Organisers have made block bookings with hotels as local to St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls as possible. Many of the hotels in Norwich are small, so early booking is recommended. Your mode of travel may also have a large bearing on the style of accommodation that you wish to book: if you are travelling by car, some of the very nice "country" hotels surrounding the city may appeal to you. All requests for accommodation must be received on the Registration Form with appropriate payment (this may be in the form of a credit card guarantee). All rates are inclusive of breakfast and value added tax, unless otherwise stated. To book your accommodation you may provide either:

  1. your credit card number (the card will NOT be charged by the Conference Secretariat and will be forwarded to the hotel, who will charge it on your arrival or departure. If you fail to arrive, a charge may be made by the hotel, according to the hotel’s cancellation policy)
  2. a deposit of 1 night’s stay at your hotel The accommodation account (less the deposit paid including any extras) is payable by you directly to the hotel on your departure. A receipt for all accommodation costs will be available from your hotel on departure.

Please Note:

Guidance on discounted late bookings

The Organisers have endeavoured to obtain the best rates possible. However, it may be possible for individuals to obtain cheaper rates if bookings are made shortly before the Conference, either via agencies on the Internet or direct to a hotel. If you decide to make your own arrangements for accommodation, your request for rates for late bookings should be directed to the hotel of your choice and will be subject to availability.


Our hotels have been selected because they are conveniently situated for the Conference venue (see map). All rooms have en-suite facilities, telephone and other facilities expected of the crown/star rating allocated (see Registration Form). Please note that there are block bookings in place. However bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis. We will aim to provide you with your first choice of hotel, however, this cannot be guaranteed. Please note that all rooms include breakfast, unless otherwise specified.

There is a wide range of bed and breakfast venues also available. For more information on accommodation options, refer to

Map of Norwich showing hotel locations.
  1. Beeches Hotel and Victorian Gardens
  2. Best Western George Hotel
  3. Cumberland Hotel
  4. Georgian House Hotel
  5. Maids Head Hotel
  6. Lansdowne (fomerly Pearl Continental Hotel)
  7. Premier Travel Inn
  8. Swallow Nelson Hotel

See registration form