Keele University

IAU Symposium 256

The Magellanic System: Stars, Gas, and Galaxies

28 July - 1 August 2008            Keele University (UK)

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Travel indications

IAU Symposium 256 will take place on the campus of Keele University, in and around the Westminster Theatre in the Chancellor's building located centrally on the campus. The campus is fairly small and pleasant for pedestrians, and has a few shops including a book shop and a mini-market. Accommodation is located around the nucleus of the campus, with everything within 10 minutes leisurely walking distance. Bus stops are never more than a few minutes away, and a frequent bus service operates connecting the hilltop campus with the towns of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent. Less frequent buses operate between Keele and the town of Crewe. Both Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent have train stations with train services to all major cities and airports.

Further details can be found on the Keele University travel directions site, which also has a link to maps of the local area and of the campus itself. For all your regional and local travel needs, the Midlands Journey Planner and Transport Direct Info planners are very useful.

Our recommendation would be to travel by train to either Stoke-on-Trent or Crewe, and, if coming by air, to Manchester airport. Trains from Manchester airport to Crewe are about 13 pounds for a return ticket, and double that if travelling to Stoke-on-Trent. However, from Stoke-on-Trent there are many more buses to Keele (for 1.60 pounds) than from Crewe (for 2.50 pounds); taxis from Stoke-on-Trent to Keele are also much cheaper (about 8 pounds) than from Crewe (a little over 20 pounds). We are looking into the possibility of providing a cheaper pickup service from Manchester airport for those arriving on Sunday 27 July - if you are interested in this please drop us an e-mail with your flight number and arrival time. Note that the taxis at the airport will charge you exuberantly.

Reasonable alternatives are provided by the airports of Birmingham and Liverpool. The London airports are further afield, and take a much longer train (or bus) journey at generally (and sometimes considerably) higher expenses depending on the day and time of travel. You may find the train planner useful. The European continent is well connected to London by Eurostar services via Paris or Brussels, although this is not always the cheapest option to get to Keele. Long-distance bus services operated by Eurolines connect Europe with Manchester and Birmingham.

If you have any further queries regarding your travel please don't hesitate to contact us.

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