The conference will be held at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, just to the east of the city wall. The event is in the Powell Building, best accessed from the foot entrance from the miniroundabout at Lady Wootton’s Green.
Canterbury map: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/find-us/canterbury.aspx
Getting to the Campus
Canterbury is accessible from London via the M2/A2. Campus parking is more or less impossible. There are various Park and Rides, but the most convenient for travel from London is in Wincheap, which inexplicably is only reachable by driving up to the city walls and going down Wincheap again. Instead, we would recommend the car park Holmans Meadow (CT1 3JB; £1.70, about ten minutes’ walk to campus; turn right onto Old Dover Road at the roundabout from the inner ring road after the police station and then sharp left) or Longport (CT1 1DU; £1.50 per hour, about five minutes’ walk from the campus, turn right onto St George’s Place at the roundabout after the Odeon, left at the traffic lights after Waitrose, and left again). Car park details at: https://www.canterbury.gov.uk/parking-travel-roads/where-to-park/canterbury-parking/
National Express have a service from London Victoria, which takes around two hours. It is sometimes the 007 and local lore suggests it was the inspiration for James Bond. Canterbury bus station is about ten minutes’ walk from the campus.
There are three basic routes to Canterbury by train from London: two go to Canterbury West, fifteen-twenty minutes around the town or through the high street, and one to Canterbury East, around fifteen minutes around the wall to campus. (SouthEastern does everything in threes.)
A Network SouthEast Travelcard gets a third off travel for a year and is valid before ten on a weekend. Advance tickets are rarely cheaper; if you are travelling from outside of London, you may find it cheaper to do the return legs of your journey individually. You can get a day return or a period return if you are overnighting.
There is sometimes engineering at weekends and this may involve a bus replacement service. In this case, allow extra time. We will post details if we hear of this: see https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/live-travel-information/planned-engineering-work
The quickest and most expensive route is from London St Pancras on HS1 and is under an hour. These depart from Platforms 11-13, situated at the King’s Cross side of the building. You may also join the train at Stratford International. If you are on a six car train, all of these will stop at Canterbury West; twelve car trains are too long for the platform at Canterbury West, so you need to be in one of the front eight (the front of two linked trains is safest). This arrives at Platform 2 and you can cross by tunnel, bridge or lift to the exit. To return to London, you will need Platform 1 and the train is quieter at front or rear. Make sure your ticket is valid for HS1 to use it or you will be charged extra between Ashford and London.
Trains from Charing Cross/Waterloo East/London Bridge take up to two hours to Canterbury West and are cheaper than HS1. The train may divide at Ashford (this ought to be clear at departure), so make sure you are in the right section. You can usually walk through the whole train until shortly before Ashford. There will be time to change sections at Ashford via the platform. You will arrive at Platform 2 and you can cross by tunnel, bridge or lift to the exit. To return to London, you will need Platform 1.
Trains from London Victoria will depart from Platforms 1-7 and take around 100 minutes. The train sometimes divides at Faversham and the rear section usually goes to Canterbury East/Dover Priory. This should be clear at Victoria. You can usually walk through the whole train until shortly before Faversham. There will be time to change sections at Faversham via the platform (the onboard information system can be misleading — a station attendant is usually standing at the division point). The train arrives at the platform adjacent to the exit; to depart you will need to use the underpass in the station (disabled access is inconvenient to say the least).
If you are coming from Brighton/Eastbourne/Hastings the Marshlink route to Ashford will be cheaper than going via London. This arrives at Ashford International Platform 1C. Trains for Canterbury West almost always depart from Platforms 5/6 and you may use the HS1 Javelins with your ticket. Beware that trains may split at Ashford and the HS1 may be too long if it is a twelve car train so use one of the front six carriages.
You can also get to Canterbury West by changing at Tonbridge, which is a cheaper route from Gatwick Airport via Redhill or East Croydon. This is recommended for advanced rail users though and involves you with Southern Railways.
Enter via the Black Monolith. Warning: this may be full of stars. You will need to depart at the neoclassical bedroom if you wish to become a starchild.