Getting to and around Birmingham

Conference venues: The primary venue conference venue is the Teaching and Learning Building at the University of Birmingham. Museums tours are at Winterbourne, the Lapworth Museum of Geology, and the Barber Institute for Fine Arts; the ‘Veritable Michael’ opera is in the Debating Hall of the Student Guild. The conference dinner is at the Edgbaston Park Hotel. All buildings, as well as the Vale accommodation and University rail station, are included on the interactive campus map, which will give you the best route from one venue to another. A map with the venues highlighted is at the bottom of this page.

Train: Birmingham is easily accessible by rail. Downtown stations include New Street (main hub), Moor Street, and Snow Hill. From there, you can get to the University of Birmingham campus by taking a connection to University Station, which is on the north end of campus, or by taking ground transportation (see below). Most locals use trainline for booking tickets. Be aware as well that there are transport strikes going on through the summer in the UK, so it’s wise to check times early and often.

Air travel: Birmingham is served by Birmingham International Airport (BHX). There is also direct bus service from Heathrow and Gatwick airports by National Express (Bus 210).

Ground Transport: National Express West Midlands runs public buses. Routes X21 and X22 run every 5 minutes between the University of Birmingham and Downtown; you can pay with any contact-less card on the bus or use cash. There are stops at the Vale Village (for Chamberlain campus accommodation), at Westmere (for the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Winterbourne), and the University North Gate (for the Teaching and Learning Building). Uber and Lyft also operate; for black cabs, we recommend TOA (0121 427 8888).