Travel

Getting around

We recommend that you plan your travel to the Congress well in advance of arriving for the event. In order to help with this, we’ve created a handy, printable guide. Please find this here – Getting to the World Shakespeare Congress 2016 (PDF, 333KB)

Please ensure that you book any transport that you may need throughout the Congress. This should include transport to Stratford-upon-Avon for the first half of the week, any transport that you may need from your accommodation venues to the Congress venues and between the various venues situated in both Stratford-upon-Avon and London, and any transport from London at the end of the Congress.

Please note: the Congress programme is set to take place across a number of venues, both in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. If you would like to take part in a number of different sessions, please be aware that this will involve a significant amount of walking between venues. No transport between venues will be provided. If you have accessibility needs, please notify the Congress committee through wsc2016@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Please see below a series of maps. These show the venues which will hold various parts of the World Shakespeare Congress (four in Stratford-upon-Avon, two in London). Maps of each local area (Stratford-upon-Avon and London) will be provided in your welcome pack. Make sure that you hold on to this to navigate your way between venues.

 

Getting to Stratford-upon-Avon

Venues

Congress venues are as follows:

By train

A major upgrade is taking place in the Banbury area in order to modernise the signalling equipment on the train lines. As a result of this there will be a nine-day closure on the Birmingham to London line from Saturday 30th July, with the line re-opening on Monday 8th August 2016. This closure will affect some stations along this line.

There will be replacement bus services available, operating between Leamington Spa, Bicester North and Banbury, as well as a revised timetable on other parts of the line. You will still be able to reach all destinations on the line, but you may experience a longer journey than normal due to these revised timetables and bus replacement services.

Please make sure that you check before you travel. You can check for updates and maps of all of the closures on the Chiltern Railways website, download their app or follow @chilternrailway on twitter for accurate updates on the line closures. Extra staff will also be available at all stations to help and to answer any queries you may have.

By bus or coach

Please visit National Express Coaches.

By car

Stratford-upon-Avon is a short drive from Junction 15 of the M40, giving good access to the M42, M5, M6 and M25.

Parking

Please note that parking at Congress venues will not be open to delegates. There are many car parks conveniently located within Stratford-upon-Avon. Please see a few suggestions below:

By air

Stratford-upon-Avon is 27 miles from Birmingham Airport and 60 miles from East Midlands Airport. It is also convenient for Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to the south.

 

Getting to London

Venues

Congress venues are as follows:

By train

For information regarding trains to London, please visit National Rail Enquiries.

By bus or coach

Please visit National Express Coaches.

By car

London is easy to reach using the UK’s motorway network – with the M1, M2, M3, M4, M11, M20, M23, M25 and M40 motorways in or near London – as well as a multitude of major A-roads. All of London’s motorways intersect the M25 orbital motorway.

By air

There are five airports in and around London, to which flights arrive from all over the world. These are as follows: