Travel to the Conference

Information for delegates about traveling to the conference facilities in Oadby, Leicester.

Picture of the University of Leicester's interactive map

This page contains information to help you to plan your travel to the conference venue.

Location of the conference

The conference is based at our Oadby conference centers. The conference venue is Stamford Court and the overnight accommodation is based at John Foster Hall. John Foster Hall is opposite Stamford Court.


Leicester Conferences
Stamford Court
University of Leicester
Manor Road

T: 0116 223 1680


Arriving in Leicester by air

East Midlands Airport: The nearest airport to Leicester is East Midlands Airport, which serves Leicester, Derby and Nottingham. The airport has direct flights to more than 90 destinations in 28 countries as well as many internal flights within the UK. The Leicester Skylink bus service connects East Midlands Airport with St Margaret's Bus Station, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Skylink buses run every 30 minutes during the day and hourly at night. St Margaret's bus station is near the center of Leicester.

Other Airports: There are rail services from Leicester to Birmingham Airport (via Coleshill Parkway), Luton Airport (via Luton Airport Parkway) and Stansted Airport. There is a direct coach service from Leicester to Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport. NB. There is an airport just outside the city called Leicester Airport but this is a small airfield only suitable for light aircraft and should only be considered if you are flying your own plane!

Useful links:

Useful contacts:

  • East Midlands Airport (from within UK): 0871 919 9000
  • East Midlands Airport (from outside UK): +44 1332 852 852
  • East Midlands Airport disability service (OCS): 01332 818426
Arriving in Leicester by rail

Leicester is just 69 minutes direct from London by train. There are also direct rail links to Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands Parkway (for East Midlands Airport), Peterborough, Luton and Stansted Airport.

Leicester is on a direct line into St Pancras International (London), the home of Eurostar, and with just one change of train, you could be in Paris or Brussels by lunchtime. North-South train services through Leicester are run by East Midlands Trains, who also manage Leicester Station; East-West services are run by Cross-Country Trains.

The East-Midlands train website gives details regarding trains from London to Leicester train station. Trains anywhere in the UK can be booked via National Rail.

Finding the conference venue in Leicester

Traveling by road: Oadby Conference Centers are signposted ‘Botanic Garden and University Halls’. They are located about two miles away from the city's train station, in the highly regarded area of Oadby, close to Leicester Racecourse. We have a printable road-map of the Leicester area with instructions (page 2), which you may find useful if arriving by road. To help you to plan your route, here are the postcodes for the relevant conference buildings which should enable more effective use of a satellite navigation system:

Parking: The University of Leicester is fully committed to its environmental policy. With this in mind we encourage delegates to use public transport in the first instance. Please ensure that if you are driving you have noted on your booking that you will be traveling by car. On arrival please park in one of the designated car parks. We are very fortunate to be located within a conservation area and we would ask delegates to refrain from parking on main roads under any circumstances, as we have plenty of parking

Traveling by Taxi: Taxis are available from a taxi rank within Leicester train Station or if you prefer to book in advance the below numbers might be helpful:

  • Swift Fox Cabs - 0116 262 8222
  • ABC Taxis - 0116 255 5305

Traveling by Bus: The Arriva Bus Leicester website gives details of the bus service from Leicester train station and other locations in the city. The number 31/31A can be taken from the train station to London Road, Oadby, which will be followed by a 10 minute walk to the conference venue (see our local map).

Getting around the conference site

Once you arrive in the vicinity of the conference venue you may find this printable map of the site (page 1) helpful in finding your way around.

Overnight accommodation for the conference is at John Foster Hall. The hall is opposite the conference venue (Stamford Court). The conference venue (Stamford Court) and the overnight accommodation (John Foster Hall) are only a short walk from each other.

Other travel resources

University's Interactive map: You can find your way to the Oadby conference site using the university's interactive map. The conference site is marked on this map as 'Halls of Residence'. This map contains more information about: Road, Rail, Bus/Coach and Air travel to University facilities.

Google Maps: This service is not maintained by us but can be useful in providing an alternative source of directions and public-transport information for travel to Oadby Conference Centers, where required.

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