Accommodation and Transport

The organisers of the RGS-IBG PG Mid-Term Conference 2011 encourage you to take public transport where possible. Please see this page for details of travel to Durham and around Durham itself.

Durham railway station is on the East Coast Mainline. Rail services operate from across the UK by East Coast Trains, Cross Country and TransPennine Express, meaning that Durham is well connected: Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and London are all approximately three hours’ travel.
Timetables and ticket purchasing can be found on any train operating company’s website. Cheaper ‘Advance’ tickets are available to buy approximately twelve weeks before date of travel. East Coast has one of the best fare searching systems, and also offer extra discounts on some tickets. Avoid booking agencies such ‘The Trainline’ or ‘Rail Easy’ – they charge extra booking fees but offer no extra discount.
Durham is located on the A1(M) in the North-East of England, 18 miles south of Newcsatle-upon-Tyne and 85 miles north of Leeds. Drivers should exit onto the A690 at junction 62 and follow signs for Durham.
Within Durham, parking is limited and roads can be busy. Delegates staying at accommodation in the city centre are recommended to leave vehicles parked at their accommodation and to either walk or use local busses to reach the university.
Durham is served by National Express coaches between: Edinburgh and Wrexham (via Scottish Borders, Leeds, Bradford and Manchester); Newcastle and Nottingham (via Leeds and Sheffield); and Newcastle and London (via Milton Keynes). A wider range of National Express and Megabus coaches also serve Newcastle.
DFDS Seaways run daily ferries between Ijmuiden (for Amsterdam) and Newcastle. A shuttle bus connects the ferry terminal to Newcastle railway station.
Durham is served by Newcastle International Airport, which has a wide range of flights to destinations across the UK and Europe, as well as Dubai and Toronto. Internal flights are operate by Eastern Airways, Air Southwest, British Airways and Flybe. To get to Durham from the airport, take the metro service to Newcastle railway station, and a train on to Durham. The smaller Durham Tees Valley Airport also has daily scheduled flights from Amsterdam (with KLM), Aberdeen and Southampton (with Eastern Airways). To get to Durham, take the number 12 bus to Darlington railway station, and a northbound train to Durham.
We are pleased to have been able to secure a special rate for delegates to be accommodated within St. Chad’s College, Durham University. We are able to offer two nights bed and breakfast accommodation (Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April 2011) in a standard single room for the total cost of only £50 per person. St. Chad’s College is ideally located on Durham’s historic bailey in the city centre and in the shadow of Durham Cathedral. The College is only 10-15 minutes walk from Durham railway station and around 5-10 minutes from the Department of Geography. Furthermore, it is also the location of the conference dinner which adds an extra layer of convenience.
We strongly advise all delegates to take advantage of this offer. Unfortunately we only have a limited number of rooms available and they will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. All enquiries regarding this offer should be directed to the conference email address
If you would prefer to organise your own accommodation there are a wide range of options in Durham that cater to all tastes and demands, from the Premier Inn to boutique hotels. Some options include:
‘Event Durham’ – All of the College’s at Durham will be able to offer accommodation for the duration of the conference. The cost for a standard single bed and breakfast is £28.50 pppn. Alternatively you can indulge in a single ensuite bed and breakfast for £39.50 pppn.