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Conference FAQs

ISTP2015 Coventry Conference FAQs

What are the best ways to travel to Coventry?

Two popular options are to travel by rail or bus. Tickets in advance are available from:

http://www.thetrainline.com/

However, you can sometimes buy the same ticket for a slightly lower price by checking the travel provider:

http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/

http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/tickets-deals/

 

National Express buses also arrive and depart from the Coventry’s Pool Meadow Bus Station on Fairfax Street:

http://goo.gl/zqbfxu

http://nxbus.co.uk/coventry/

 

Please note that there are no buses that go from the Train station to the conference venue (i.e., most travel via north via the city centre and Pool Meadow Bus Station and then past Coventry University before going east past Far Gosford Street. It is often quickest to walk from the Train station to the Welcome Centre which is at the corner of Parkside and Short Street.

 

What are the best accommodation options?

There are several good accommodation options close to the conference venue. The Hotel Ibis Coventry Centre in Mile Lane is very close to the Coventry rail station and the Welcome Centre. Please make sure when booking that you get our reduced conference rates.

Any hotel within the Ring Road will be within a 10 to 15 minute walk to the conference venue (e.g., the Britannia Hotel Coventry or the Premier Inn Coventry City Centre Belgrade Plaza). The Days Inn Hotel or Premier Inn Coventry City Earlsdon are outside the Ring Road and will take between 15 to 20 minutes to walk to the conference venue.

 

Where is the conference located?

Please click the following for a map that shows that the location of the conference venue at the corner of Parkside and Short Street:

http://goo.gl/OEjlZZ

You can see the train station to the left (south west) of the Welcome Centre, the city centre (surrounded by the famous Coventry ring road) and the bus station to the north (on Fairfax Street).

 

What is near the conference venue?

If you walk north from the Welcome Centre (conference venue) through the tunnel that goes under the Ring Road to Much Park Street you will be in the centre of Coventry in a matter of minutes.

On the way there you will pass Whitefriars Gate which is the remaining fragment of a Carmelite Friary founded in 1342:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitefriars,_Coventry

 

Coventry University is north of the Welcome Centre right next to the Coventry Cathedral. This includes the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement and the Identities and Resilience in Communities and Organisations research theme which are supporting the conference:

http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/areas-of-research/psychology-behaviour-achievement/

 

In the centre of the city you can also see the status of Lady Godiva and it is short walk from the Welcome Centre to the famous Coventry Cathedral:

http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/

 

What are some good places to eat in Coventry?

Blue Bistro in Medieval Spon Street (north east of the conference venue) has excellent food for attendees not on a strict budget:

http://goo.gl/EvjE5e

http://blue-bistro.com/

 

Drapers is a bar and restaurant that has a good range of food and drink in the central city. You can reach it by walking north on Much Park Street after going through the Ring Road tunnel:

http://www.drapersbar.com/

 

Drapers is also right next to the Herbert Art Gallery and Café as well as the abovementioned Coventry Cathedral:

http://www.theherbert.org/

http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/

 

Habibi restaurant in Far Gosford Street has delicious Lebanese food:

http://www.habibirestaurant.co.uk/

 

What places can I visit in Coventry?

We recommend Fargo Village to the west of the Ring Road in Far Gosford Street:

http://www.fargovillage.co.uk/

Also, Medieval Spon Street has a good range of shops and restaurants:

http://goo.gl/5U0WTE

 

What can I visit around Coventry?

London is just over an hour away by train (two train companies operate routes to London – Virgin Trains and Midlands Rail). If you book ahead on the website or There are also buses that leave from the Coventry from the Bus Station in Fairfax Street which go to most major towns and cities around Coventry.

For a day trip you might consider areas in Birmingham such as the Jewellery Quarter:

http://www.jewelleryquarter.net/

 

We also highly recommend visiting the Visit Coventry and Warwickshire website for ideas and inspiration during your visit:

http://www.visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk/

 

Where is the best place to arrive?

Flights into Birmingham International Airport will then allow you to take a train trip to Coventry Rail Station that takes about 20 minutes and costs about £3.

If you fly into one of the London airports (e.g., Heathrow or Gatwick), you may need to take about half a day and pay a lot more to take a train to Coventry rail station (e.g., up to £60 if you have not booked in advance).

A good alternative (and sometimes cheaper if you book in advance) is to take a National Express bus from Gatwick or Heathrow terminals. Buses are slower than the train but will reduce the number of changes of train required (i.e., travel across London to Euston Station or other stations that connect to services to Coventry). See the links at the top of this page for times and costs.

 

If you have any further questions please email istp2015@coventry.ac.uk so that answers, travel tips etc. can be posted here.