Conference Location

Calman Learning Centre

Getting to Durham

Durham is a beautiful cathedral city in the north-east of England.

By rail

Durham Station is on the East Coast main railway line which links London to Edinburgh.

First Transpennine Express offers frequent links to Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, while Cross Country links Durham directly with Scotland, the Midlands, and the South West.

Rail journey times to UK cities:

You can check exact times on National Rail, but to give you an idea:

  • London King's Cross: 3 hours
  • Birmingham: 3 hours
  • Edinburgh: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • York: 1 hour

Tip: keep an eye out for amazing views of Durham Cathedral as you pull into the station

By car

Durham city centre is only two miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham – Sunderland road and follow signs to Durham City Centre.

By bus

There are several express coach services daily from most major cities.

By air

Nearest airports:

including flights to domestic destinations such as London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol, Aberdeen, Belfast and Cardiff.

Both airports are less than 40 minutes drive from Durham.

By sea

Ferry services operate from Newcastle to Holland.

Within Durham

From the city bus station – a short walk from the railway station – a bus service runs every 15 minutes past the Colleges on South Road.

The Traveline website can help plan your journey or try the Durham Interactive Travel Map for travel around the city. Here is a list of Durham taxi firms

Conference location details

Map: Take a look at our Durham map (PDF)

Conference venue: the Calman Learning Centre at Durham University. (Map number 43)

Full package attendees accommodation: Hatfield College, a few minutes' walk away from the Calman Learning Centre. (Map number 20)

Alternative accommodation: The Marriott on Old Elvet (in the area of building 28 on the map). Conference attendees can get a discounted rate at the Marriott.

What past delegates say

"Up until the opening cocktails of the 2014 conference (London), writing, for me, had been a solitary experience.

From start to finish, that conference was galvanising. From Bernard Cornwell's after-dinner speech to presentations by Philippa Gregory and Diana Gabaldon. I was delighted to talk with many new and aspiring historical novelists like myself."

- Author Tracey Warr