PaizoCon UK's central location and Birmingham airport makes it a pretty easy destination for most people.
Travelling to Aston University by car
(Download their map and directions ) From whichever direction you are approaching Birmingham, Aston University is best reached from the M6 motorway (not the new M6 Toll, which bypasses the city).
- Exit the M6 at Junction 6, and follow signs for the A38(M) to the city centre. Ignore signs to 'Aston'. We are located in Birmingham City Centre, not Aston.
- Stay on the A38(M), Aston Expressway, for approximately two miles until you reach the third exit. This is just after you pass the overhead 'end of motorway' signs. Aston University is signposted from here. You will see the Aston University Main Building on your left.
- Take the LEFT filter lane here, and at the Lancaster Circus roundabout (next to the Fire Station) take the first exit left into James Watt Queensway.
- Ignore the first left turn into Aston Street. Keep going in the left hand lane, through two sets of traffic lights and passing the redbrick Lakeside university residences.
- At the third set of traffic lights turn left onto Jenners Road. Turn left into Car Park 12 [Sat Nav B4 7PS] if you have pre-booked a space, and then take a short walk to the Aston Conference Centre.
OR to drop off people and luggage continue along Jenners Road, and at the roundabout take the first exit into Woodcock Street and then first exit into Aston Street to the drop-off point.
(Download their map and directions ) Please note Aston Steet is a no-through road.
Other routes to campus – from the South and West avoiding road works
If you’re traveling from the South/South West of Birmingham along the A38 or A456, you should try these alternative routs to avoid the construction work on Birmingham's traffic tunnel.
Route 1: If you’re driving along the A456, Hagley Road from M5 J2/3, instead of continuing onto Broad Street - which will be closed for the duration of the works - when you reach the Five Ways roundabout, turn left and follow the A4540 Ring Road around the city until you reach the Dartmouth Circus roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A4540, stay in the right lane and turn right at the traffic lights onto Lister Street, leading onto Woodcock Street.
Route 2: If you’re driving along the A38 from South Birmingham, M5 J4/M42 J1, instead of continuing straight on at the Belgrave Interchange onto Bristol Street, get into the right hand land and turn right onto Belgrave Middleway. Continue straight over the first roundabout and through the traffic lights, then turn left onto the A4540 and continue on this road until you reach the Lister Street junction and turn left onto Lister Street, leading onto Woodcock Street.
Satellite Navigation Systems
Aston University’s postcode is B4 7ET but your satnav may not know that Aston Street is closed half way along and the entry is via Woodcock Street, NOT James Watt/Queensway. Car Park 12 is Sat Nav B4 7PS. Millennium Point is located at Jennens’ Road, B4 7XG
There is a drop-off point / layby outside the Aston business school where you can stop for a few minutes to drop off luggage.
There is very cheap car parking on site for £7-95 for 24 hours, 8am to 8am. It is available to pre-book on a first come, first served basis. You'll find it located at "Car Park 12" off Jenner Street. (Download their map and directions ) Delegates need to pre-book their car parking space by simply filling in the form available on the Aston Conference Centre website. Please book at least 48 hours prior to arrival.
You will need to have the following information to hand: Conference Title (Paizocon2018), Your Name, Your Vehicle Registration, Contact Telephone Number, Contact Email Address, Payment Details.
PLEASE BEWARE Onsite Car Parking is only available to delegates with pre booked car parking and the parking wardens are very active.
Travelling to Aston University by train
Birmingham New Street Station is the nearest main-line station to Aston University, a short, flat 15 minutes walk away through the main shopping areas of the city. The station has direct lines to most parts of the UK and many local services. Rebuilding work has now been completed and there shouldn't be any disruption.
Some regional and national services arrive at Birmingham Snow Hill and Moor Street stations, which are a short ten minute walk from campus.
Visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ to plan your train journey, or call National Rail Enquires on +44(0)845 484 950. Don’t forget that if you’re 26 or under (lucky you) you’re eligible for a Young Person’s Rail Card, which can save you up to a third on train fares.
Walking to campus from Birmingham New Street Station
Follow the instructions below.
- From the platform, go up the stairs/escalator and though the ticket barriers to the main station concourse (a large covered area with a WH Smith Store, ticket offices and cafe).
- From the main station concourse, go up the escalator directly ahead of the ticket barriers, then turn left into the Pallasades Shopping Centre - ask if you are unsure.
- When inside the shopping centre turn first right and walk towards the exit (New Street), then down the pedestrian ramp from the mall to street level (you will see an HSBC bank on your right). This is New Street, a bustling shopping street.
- Cross New Street on to Corporation Street, straight ahead, then follow this main shopping street for half a mile to the campus. You will pass a Mothercare store on your right, and later a large House of Fraser department store on your left.
- Keep walking straight ahead down Corporation Street, past the red brick law courts on your left, until you reach the pelican crossings of James Watt Queensway (a main road) on the right-hand side.
- After the crossing, either go straight ahead on to the campus, or for the Main Building, turn left, walk for 50 metres then turn right into Aston Street.
- Just after the mini-roundabout and opposite the zebra crossing you will see the Main Building with its distinctive red and blue sky lifts. The University Main Reception is here.
Taxis can be hired from the taxi rank at New Street Station and cost around £5.50 to £6.00 to the University. There is also a taxi rank just 50 metres from the venue to get you back to the station.
Coach services, including motorway services to London, operate from Digbeth coach station, which is a short taxi ride or 15 to 20 minutes' walk from the campus through the city centre.
To plan your journey visit http://www.nationalexpress.com or call National Express enquiries: +44(0)990 80 80 80
Remember, if you are aged 16 to 26 you are eligible for a Young Person's Coachcard, which can save you up to 30% off travel costs.
Because of our central Birmingham location many bus routes pass close to the Aston University campus. To plan your journey, visit the Travel West Midlands website.
From Birmingham Airport
To find your way around, and out of the airport, look out for the overhead signs with arrows on.
If you need snacks, drinks or other small purchases the airport has a number of small shops, including Boots, WHSmith, a Spar mini supermarket, some coffee bars, Burger King, and an ‘Italian Restaurant’. There are cash-point machines for withdrawing money and, of course, public toilets and public telephones.
By free shuttle to Birmingham International Station
There is a good overhead monorail link from Birmingham Airport to Birmingham International [train] station, which runs a shuttle service every two or three minutes. These small trains shuttle back and forth all day, from 05:15am to 02:00am.) The service is free. From there you can get a train to Birmingham New Street Station which is a 15 minute walk to the venue.
...then by train to Birmingham New Street Station
Train fares from Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street vary, approximaely £3 single (depending on day and time). Birmingham New Street Station is a 15 minute walk to the venue. (Directions above)
By bus into Birmingham
The 900 bus service travelling between Coventry and Birmingham calls at the airport approximately every half hour. A single bus fare from the airport into Birmingham is currently priced at £1.70. You'll find the bus near Terminal 1. It will take to to Moor Street Station in Birmingham.
Black cabs operate a 24-hour service from directly outside the arrivals area of the terminal buildings. Metered zone fares will be displayed during the trip. The journey to Aston will be approximately 7 miles. All black cabs accept major credit cards, provide receipts and are the only cabs licenced to operate from the airport without prior booking. For enquiries please ring 0121 782 374.