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LDR Meeting
23rd September, 2004 - Birmingham (UK)


School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham (UK)
Here is a pdf file with the campus map. Our building, the venue for the meetings, is Physics West (34b). If in doubt, head for the landmark 
clock tower-we are adjacent to it.


By plane: Birmingham International airport is about 25 min by car from the University campus. Taxi fair from the airport to the city centre or University is 20-23 GBP. Trains run from the airport to Birmingham main train station (New Street) which is located in the city centre. Connections are very frequent (every 15 min or so). All major airlines fly to Birmingham International. Several no-frills airlines (Ryanair, Easy-jet, Fly-be, AirBerlin, Thomsonfly and others) fly to Birmingham International Airport and/or airports close to Birmingham, including Coventry, London Luton, London Stansted and East Midlands . There are good train and/or coach connections from all these airports to Birmingham.

By train: Birmingham is very well connected to the other major UK cities. The main train station is Birmingham New Street, right in the city centre.
Local city-trains connect New Street to the station on campus (University - 1 stop, trains every 20 min - ticket: 1 GBP). Trains are usually fairly
expensive (if you purchase a ticket in advance, usually 7 days before departure, there is a quite substantial discount). For time-tables see here

By coach: Birmingham is very well connected to the rest of the UK with coach services. For time-tables see here


Apollo Hotel
243-247 Hagley Road 
(corner of Rotton Park Rd / Hagley Rd)
B16 9RA
Tel:  0121 455 0271

Special Rate prices shown below (40% discount): Please quote University of Birmingham referral when booking-ideally, speak to Christina.
£55 Single Room B/B, £65 Double Room B/B, 'Executive' room �10 supplement

Already fully booked for Sat 18th Sept only

Transport to University: Taxi around (
£5-6, ordered from hotel is best option. Bus: Two buses required (total journey time 30 minutes). Get any bus from front of hotel (city bound, no waiting time) to Broad Street (first stop after large roundabout). Cross over Broad Street and take the 21 (Bartley Green), going out of town. Every 15 mins daytime. A 'Daysaver' ticket for all day use costs £ 2.70. No change given. No. 21 stops adjacent to University train station.

Beeches Conference Centre
Selly Oak Road 
B30 1LS
Tel: 0121 433 3311

Single room, B/B-

Transport to University: Taxi-
£4-5. Train: 10 minute walk to Bournville Station. Turn right out of Centre along Selly Oak Road, and
first right into Bournville Lane. Cross over main road past shops, and station 1/4 mile on right. Any citybound train stops at University station (2 stops; 5 minutes). Cost about
£1.50 single.

Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
1046 Bristol Road
(near junction with Bournville Lane)
Selly Oak
B29 6LJ
Tel: 0121 472 5171

Single Room
£32, en suite £42 per night
Already fully booked Fri 24th-Sun 26th Sept

Transport to University: Taxi:
£5-6. Bus: Journey time 15 minutes (+ 10 minute walk). Cross over main road for city bound buses
(61, 62, 63, 964). Cost
£1-£1.30, no change given. Alight at 'Gun Barrels' pub and walk up the road beside it (Edgbaston Park Road). University campus on left.

In the Broad Street area (this is a popular and lively location):

Jurys Inn
245, Broad Street
B1 2HQ
Tel:   0121 626 0626

£80-100 per night (dinner and breakfast included)

Transport to University: Bus- No 21 (Bartley Green) from same side of the road as the hotel, going out of town. Every 15 mins daytime. Cost
£1- £1.30 single. No change given. Journey time 15-20 minutes. Stops adjacent to University station. Trains are regular from Five Ways Station (ten minute walk from hotel; one stop) to University Station (cost about £1 single). Taxi around £5-6.

Hyatt Regency Hotel
2, Bridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2JZ
Tel: 0121 643 1234

B/B: £89-£132 per night

Transport to University: see Jurys Inn

City Inn
1, Brunswick Square, Birmingham B1 2HW
Tel: 0121 643 1003

B/B £85-£109 per night

Transport to University: see Jurys Inn

In the Bull Ring area (popular location):

Hotel Ibis
Ladywell Walk, Birmingham B5 4ST
Tel: 0121 622 6010

Room only £52-£63 per night (£4.25 continental buffet breakfast optional)

Transport to University: Bus: from Smallbrook Queensway, citybound, N. 61, 62, 63, 964 to Edgbaston Park Road. Alight at 'Gun Barrels' pub and walk up the road beside it (Edgbaston Park Road). University campus on left.Cost £1- £1.30 single. Trains are regular from Birmingham New Street (5 min walk from hotel, 2 stops) to University Station (cost about £1 single). Taxi around around £5-6.