The Centre for Life is a five-minute walk from Central Station in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear: Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP +44 (0) 191 243 8210
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Accommodation may be booked anytime by going direct to the hotel website or through an agency such as Booking.com and Lastminute.com. You will also be able to book accommodation when registering. Preferential rates have been negotiated with some hotels (indicated below). The OER14 Google map has some of the hotels, restaurants and bars indicated.
Conference organisers have arranged preferential rates for the following hotels, all assuming single occupancy per night (unless otherwise stated) and including breakfast (in alphabetical order):
- County Hotel by Thistle *** – 20 rooms available at £85.00 each double occupancy and 20 small rooms – £69.00 each with single occupancy (small rooms are not suitable for double occupancy)
- Jurys Inn Central *** – 60 rooms available at £69.00 each single occupancy
- Jurys Inn Gateshead/Quayside *** – 60 rooms available at £69.00 each single occupancy (25 minute walk to the venue although we will also provide yellow bus tickets, see below)
- Sandman Signature Hotel *** – 30 rooms available at £90.00 each single occupancy and 30 rooms at £100.00 each double occupancy (15 minute walk to the venue)
Other nearby hotels (within a 10 minute walk of the venue) include:
- Grey Street Hotel ***
- Hotel indigo ****
- Holiday Inn Express ***
- Premier Inn Central *** (Note that Premier Inn is having a time-limited January sale with hotel rooms at Central and Quayside starting at £29 per night)
- Royal Station Hotel ***
- Sleeperz ***
Other hotels (within a 25 minute walk of the venue and on the yellow bus route) include:
- Copthorne Hotel ****
- Euro Hostel Newcastle
- Hilton Hotel ****
- Malmaison ****
- Premier Inn Quayside *** (Note that Premier Inn is having a time-limited January sale with hotel rooms at Central and Quayside starting at £29 per night)
- Ramada Hotel
Star ratings indicate the overall rating of the hotel, not customer reviews, for those please see your favourite travel agency such as TripAdvisor.
Parking at the Centre for Life is free for conference participants. This page will be updated when we have the details.
All hotels (except the Sandman Signature) are served by the Q1 and Q2 yellow Quaylink busses which run every ten minutes during the day and every 20 minutes off-peak. Q1 starts outside Central Station, travels down Dean Street, and goes south of the river Tyne, serving the Hilton Hotel, Jury’s Inn Quayside and Ramada Hotel. Q2 starts at Haymarket, travels down Grey Street/Dean Street, and stays north of the river going down to St Peter’s Basin (serving Malmaison, bars and restaurants on the Quayside). An all-day fare covering both services is currently £2.10. Routes and times are available in pdf format.
National Express busses arrive into the city at the North end of Stowell Street (near the Sandman Signature hotel a 10-15 minute walk from the venue).
Taxis are available from outside Central Station and other major venues such as the airport. Please approach the first taxi in the queue as they operate a strict pattern for picking up passengers, and do not like to be flagged down! Noda black cabs can be ordered by calling +44 (0) 191 2225111. Cheaper minicabs such as Blueline (+44 (0) 262 6666) or LA Taxis (+44 (0) 287 777 7777) are available to book by telephone but may take longer to arrive – always ask for an estimate of how far away they are. Airport taxis (+44 (0) 191 214 6969) are expensive but conveniently located directly outside the airport. All companies will text your mobile when your pre-booked car is arriving.
Newcastle is served by a small metro service operated by Nexus which links the airport with Central Station, the coast and Whitley Bay, South Shields and Sunderland. Ticket prices vary a zone map (with a list of stations) is available. Press ‘A+B+C’ on the ticket machine for a £3.20 single ticket between the airport and any of the stations in town. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes and is a very reliable way of travelling in the city. All day tickets (£4.30) and off-peak tickets (cheaper after 9:30) are also available, the ticket machine will automatically calculate the most cost-effective rate depending on the type of ticket you want. You do not need to ‘swipe’ single/day tickets (the swipe machines are for month/year passes).
Newcastle is served by Cross Country, EastCoast and Transpennine trains. Services run regularly from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Manchester and York (to name a few). Ticket prices vary enormously depending on how early you book, what time you need to travel (peak vs off peak) and whether your ticket is flexible or inflexible. Standard class tickets from London cost from £301 for a flexible fare down to ~£55.00 for an inflexible, early bird off peak fare. EastCoast or TheTrainLine provide booking services covering multiple train companies.
Newcastle airport is located to the North West of the city, 15-20 minutes by car from the conference venue (see also metro above), costing about £18.00 in an airport taxi. It is served by major airlines such as:
- Aer Lingus
- Air France (and confederate partners)
- British Airways (and confederate partners such as Quantas and some American airlines)
- Eastern Airways
- KLM (and confederate partners)
- And charter flights such as Thomson and Thomas Cook.
One of the easiest ways to check flights in and out of the airport is to consult the arrivals or departure boards (noting that some flights do not take place daily).
DFDS Seaways connects Newcastle with Denmark, France and the Netherlands.