Travel and Accomodation at the 7th UK Experimental Archaeology Conference
Travelling to Cardiff
The nearest airports are Cardiff and Bristol. From Bristol Airport there is a bus, the Bristol Flyer, which will take you to the train station for connecting trains to Cardiff. The times for all UK trains can be found on the National Rail website. Train tickets can be purchased online or at the station. In many cases it is not possible to buy tickets on the train in the UK, so always purchase a ticket before boarding. From Cardiff Airport the Cardiff Airport Bus Service X91 operates approximately once every two hours from the airport to the city centre.
In some cases it may be easier to fly to one of the London Airports, such as Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton or Stansted. All of these airports have railway stations, and easy connections by rail can be made to London and onwards to Cardiff. Alternatively there are two coach operators, National Express and Megabus, which offer Airport connections and onward services to Cardiff.
Cardiff Tourist Information Services also offer information to those wishing to travel to Cardiff via plane.
The main railway station is Cardiff Central.
The times for all UK trains can be found on the National Rail website. Train tickets can be purchased online or at the station. In many cases it is not possible to buy tickets on the train in the UK, so always purchase a ticket before boarding.
Cardiff Tourist Information Services also offer information to those wishing to travel to Cardiff via train.
Cardiff is a busy city and driving to the venue may not be the best solution. On street parking is often limited and car parks may be expensive. Not all hotels and Bed and Breakfasts have car parking for residents, so always check before arriving. Some car parks are marked on the simplified maps offered by the Tourist Information Services.
Cardiff Tourist Information offer specific advice for drivers travelling to Cardiff.
Finding the Conference Venues
Important locations for the Conference can be viewed on this custom Google Map.
Friday sessions will be held in the Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University and Saturday sessions in the Oakdale Workman’s Institute, St Fagans.
The University lies close to the city centre and the conference location is a leisurely 30 minute walk from Cardiff Central Station through the city, past Cardiff Castle and Civic Centre. A PDF map of the university can be found here. The Friday lectures will be held in Building 14 (Julian Hodge), and the posters and reception will be held in Building 16 (John Percival).
St Fagans Museum
St Fagans lies 4 miles west of Cardiff City Centre. We will be providing coach transport to and from St Fagans for all atendees of the conference, however for those travelling independantly further information on accessing the Museum can be found on the St Fagans website. For those driving, parking tokens for the St Fagans car park can be collected from the museum’s main reception.
Where to stay
There are numerous hotels and ‘Bed and Breakfasts’ available close to the University and City Centre. Often conference delegates stay in establishments along Cathedral Road as it is a short and pleasant walk across Bute Park to the University. Other close by establishments range from Budget chain (e.g. Travelodge, Etap, Novotel etc) to top of the range hotels (e.g. the Hilton and the Angel Inn). There are also hotels in Cardiff Bay which lie a bus or train ride away, although taxi’s in Cardiff are also very reasonable.
Cardiff Tourist Information also offer an online resource of accommodation available in the city.
Moving around Cardiff
If you are interested in seeing more of Cardiff, or need help travelling around Cardiff, there are a number of transport options. Maps of bus routes and details of services can be found at the Bus Cardiff website. There are also a large number of private taxi firms operate in Cardiff, and these can be pre-booked over the phone. Some taxis can also be hailed on the street.