Getting Around Belfast
Belfast is a small and accessible city. The centre of the city has a vibrant high street and a wide range of hotels and restaurants. The conference will take place in the Sir William Whitla Hall at Queen's University Belfast, approximately 1.5km south of the city centre. The Whitla Hall is on the main university campus, and is easily and quickly reached from the city centre. Information on how to get to Queen's is available here.
Below is a map of the key conference locations, hotels, major bus and rail stations and cycle hire docking stations close to the conference venue
Local bus services within Belfast are provided by Translink Metro services. Long-distance express services across Northern Ireland are operated by Translink Ulsterbus.
Note: All Northern Ireland bus and rail services (NI Railways, Ulsterbus and Metro) are operated by Translink. For all timetable enquiries and further travel information, phone (7am–8pm weekdays, Sat–Sun 8am–6pm) or view timetables and/or the journey planner.
Buses 8a, 8b and 8c all travel from the centre of the city to the conference venue and surrounding hotels. A single fare is £1.50, and can be purchased from the driver (cash only). Buses originates from Donegal square East (beside City Hall), and can also be got at the stop across the road from Great Victoria Street train station. The nearest bus stop to the conference venue is right outside the university (stop is called Queen's University),
A map of the route is available here
Taxis are relatively cheap and easily available. London-style metered cabs operate from airports and railway stations: private cabs are plentiful and can be booked by telephone. Not all private taxis have meters, so it is advisable to agree a fare before setting out.
Bringing a bicycle on public transport: all ferries accept bicycles, usually free of charge. Train services in NI will usually accept bicycles after 09:30am (mon-fri) and anytime at the weekend. Coach services are generally less willing to carry bicycles, although it is often discretionary; check first. The policy of airlines varies a lot, so again enquire before traveling.
The University campus is easily reached from the centre of the city (see maps above).
The road system can be busy in and around Belfast, although pleasant cycling can be found on the Lagan Towpath (to Lisburn) and in the surrounding countryside. Check out the following sites:
http://www.cycleni.com/national-cycle-network/ or here http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/leisure/outdoorleisurefacilities/cycling.aspx
Bicycle hire is available in Belfast - check with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
A 15/20 minute walk from the centre of the city to the University Campus and the conference venue.
Parking at the University
Parking is not available at the University to conference delegates. It is advisable to make alternative arrangements or find on-street parking in the local area. However, if you require access to the campus by car because of a mobility restriction or disability, please advise the conference organisers in good time and we will do our utmost to assist with arrangements.
Getting to the venue from your hotel
The following map shows the location of the conference hotels to the venue. Both Malone Lodge and Wellington Park Hotel are a 5 minute walk down University Road. The Whitla Hall is on the right hand side, just after the entrance to Botanic Gardens.