LocationThe conference will be held in Winchester, a beautiful historic city in southern England known for its 11th-century cathedral and 12th-century castle. Winchester is set in forested countryside about an hour southwest of London and Heathrow airport, and a few miles from the host institution, the University of Southampton.
- Travelling to Winchester
- Arrival and check-in information
- The conference venue
- The conference accommodation
- Things to do in Winchester
- Things to do around Winchester
- Pubs, cafes and restaurants
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The conference will kick off with a welcome barbeque on the evening of Monday 4th August and is due to close at around 2:30pm on Friday 8th August with a closing talk by Stuart Kauffman. Please make sure you arrange your travel with this in mind.
By airThe most convenient airports for Winchester are (in order of distance):
- Southampton Airport is a relatively small airport and serves destinations in the UK and Europe. It is about 8 miles drive from Winchester via the M3 (northbound). There is a direct rail service from Southampton Airport Parkway station, which is immediately adjacent to the airport terminal building, to Winchester; four trains an hour take about 10 minutes for the journey.
- London Heathrow Airport is about 60 miles drive from Winchester via the M25 (anti-clockwise) and M3 (southbound) motorways. There are direct National Express buses from Heathrow Airport Bus Station to Winchester, which take about an hour. There is also a RailAir coach service to Woking station, where mainline trains to Winchester can be boarded; two services an hour give a journey time of just under two hours for the whole journey.
- London Gatwick Airport is about 80 miles drive from Winchester via the M23 (northbound), M25 (clockwise) and M3 (southbound) motorways. By train, catch a London bound train which stops at Clapham Junction (note that the heavily advertised Gatwick Express does not stop there) from the airport rail station, and change at Clapham Junction for a service to Winchester; two or three services an hour give a journey time of just under two hours for the whole journey.
Winchester has a station on the main line from London to Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth. It is also served by long-distance services from Reading, Oxford, Birmingham and places further north.
From London, trains to Winchester depart from London Waterloo Station; there are several trains an hour which take about one hour for the journey. Train times (from any location) can be found on the National Rail Planner or by calling 08457 48 49 50 from anywhere in the UK.
National Express operate services to Winchester from cities throughout the UK including London and Heathrow Airport. Advanced ticketing is recommended, and can be arranged through their website or by calling 0990 80 80 80 from anywhere in the UK. National Express coaches drop off in the Broadway, in the centre of Winchester.
Megabus, which requires online pre-booking, offers cheap daily tickets to Winchester from London on the routes to Southampton and Bournemouth. The drop off location is St. Catherine's Park and Ride car park, 15 minutes' walk from the centre of Winchester.
The town is conveniently situated for the M3 motorway from London to Southampton. Winchester and its city centre are generally regarded as car-unfriendly; an excellent Park and Ride site is located just off junction 10 of the M3 (from M3 north, exit at junction 9 and follow the signs) and buses provide a link to the city centre every 10-15 mins taking under 10 mins for the journey. Operates Mo-Fr 7.30am-6.30pm; Sa 8am-6pm; no service Sundays; £2.70 per car (including all passengers).
See here for a list of taxi companies in Winchester.