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Local Information FND 2008

Location

The workshop will take place on the campus of the University of Warwick (online campus map / campus map in pdf).

The workshop will be held at the Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (DIMAP), in the building of the Warwick Mathematics Institute (number 35 on the campus map). The registration takes place on Sunday around 10:00, in the building of the Warwick Mathematics Institute. The last talk is planned to finish on Wednesday at around 5:30pm.

Lunches and coffee breaks will be covered as part of the registration fee. 

Accommodation

The participants will be staying in hotels and B&B in the neighboring town of Kenilworth. Kenilworth is a small town close to the University of Warwick, perhaps best known for its beautiful ruins of Kenilworth castle. The organizers have reserved a block of rooms at four local hotels/B&Bs. The block will be held until May 25, 2008 or until the rooms are taken. The prices for the accommodation are in the range of £40-60 per night. Detailed information about available accommodation is on the dedicated web page with hotel information.

Kenilworth is about 5-10 minutes drive by taxi to the campus and no special transportation between the town and the workshop's venue will be provided by the organizers. There are local bus services (16/12/Unibus (U1/U2); warning: not all unibuses go through Kenilworth) between Kenilworth and the University, though the use of taxi is highly recommended, especially during the weekend.

Travel

The following two links contain generic information about travel to/from the University of Warwick:

When travelling to the University of Warwick, make sure that you're not traveling to Warwick; Warwick is a town a few miles away from the campus (with a beautiful castle, one of the most impressive and frequently visited castles in the UK, which will be the highlight of the excursion planned during the workshop).

By Plane

For those flying to the UK, we strongly recommend, if possible, flying to Birmingham International Airport (BHX), which is less than half an hour's drive from Kenilworth and the University. Typical time for travel from Heathrow Airport is about 2-2.5 hours, and typical travel time from Gatwick Airport is about 3-3.5 hours.

By Train

Generic university information about travelling to the University by train is available at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/directions/train/.

The nearest train stations to Kenilworth are Coventry and Leamington Spa; for travel to the University, we suggest Coventry Station. There are frequent train services between Coventry and Leamington Spa and major cities in the UK (but be aware that Sunday train services are typically very limited).

Coventry Station is about 10 minutes from the campus by taxi and 15 minutes from Kenilworth. There are local bus services between Coventry Station (bus stop is 1 minute walk from the station) and Kenilworth / the University (buses 16/12/X17). The train station in Leamington Spa is about 10 minutes from Kenilworth by taxi. The local bus services between the train station in Leamington Spa and Kenilworth / the University are buses (16/12/Unibus (U1/U2).

The UK rail schedule is available at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/, from which one can find details of train connections between Coventry / Leamington Spa and major airports (including Birmingham airport, and all London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, etc)).

By Coach

National Express coaches (http://www.nationalexpress.com/) are more convenient if someone wants to go directly from/to the London airports and avoid traffic in London. They minimize the number of changes needed and go to/from Coventry Pool Meadow coach station 24/7. Coventry Pool Meadow coach station is about 10 minutes from the campus and about 15 minutes from Kenilworth by taxi; public transportation (buses 16/12/X17) between Kenilworth / the University and the coach station is also available.

Coaches depart frequently and tickets can be bought from the National Express desk in airports' arrivals halls. If you plan to use this service, it is advisable to book your ticket in advance through the National Express web page, as the coaches can get very full. From central London or Heathrow to Coventry will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, or 3 hours and 30 minutes from Gatwick.

Coaches vs. Trains

Compared to coaches, trains from/to London airports require more changes and don't go throughout the night, but may be preferable if someone wants to visit London before/after the workshop.

Travel to/from Birmingham International Airport

Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is the closest major airport to Kenilworth and the University.

For those willing to use public transportation to travel from Birmingham Airport: take a train to Coventry and then take a bus (16/12/X17) to Kenilworth or a bus (16/12) to the University of Warwick. The bus stop is next to the station (1 minute walk). The total price should be less than £6.

Taxis from Birmingham International Airport will take 20-30 minutes and should cost about £30-40. Taxis are available outside the terminal building.