Aberystwyth is a historic market town, its origins linked to the medieval castle. It later developed into a popular seaside resort known as the ‘Biarritz of Wales’ and seat of learning, home to Aberystwyth University, the National Library of Wales, and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monument of Wales. Located on the spectacular west coast of Wales, the town boasts a diversity of medieval, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, and 20th Century architecture.
The conference will take place in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, part of the post-war Aberystwyth University campus designed by the Percy Thomas Partnership.
Train – Trains leave from Birmingham International on an hourly basis and run through Shrewsbury. Connections can also be made at Shrewsbury from Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool and Manchester. For details on the timetable, please use Trainline.
Bus – National Express runs a daily coach service to Aberystwyth via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth (bus number 409). TrawsCymru runs a two-hourly service bus from Bangor to Aberystwyth and Cardiff to Aberystwyth.
Car – Aberystwyth is easily accessible by road via the A487 or A483 (from the north) A44 (from the east) and A487 or A470 (from the south). For Sat Nav use, the postcode of the campus is SY23 3BY. Directional signage is available once you are near Aberystwyth.
Arriving in Aberystwyth – Aberystwyth Railway Station is situated in the town centre, adjacent to the Central Bus Station and Taxi Rank. For details of services and facilities at Aberystwyth Station (including accessibility), please visit National Rail Enquiries. The 03 bus service runs every 20 – 30 minutes from the railway station to the front of the Arts Centre. (Lift access from the drop off point to the Arts Centre Plaza & lower Level is available.) On foot the walk to the Arts Centre takes approximately 25 minutes.
There is a wide range of hotels and bed & breakfasts available in and around the town: https://www.booking.com
’Building Modern Wales’ is being held in the cinema at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The Arts Centre, Wales’ largest, is an award-winning art centre recognised as a ‘national flagship for the arts’. Located at the centre of the University Campus, the Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University and is a member of the Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH). The complex includes a cinema, theatre and concert hall as well as a range of cafés, bars and shops.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre on ‘AccessAble’: https://www.accessable.co.uk/aberystwyth-university/access-guides/arts-centre
Parking – Free parking will be provided at the upper car park (signposted on the day). Parking spaces are reserved next to the main entrance approach for drivers with limited mobility. Two spaces are also available at the rear of the theatre, with level access into the main foyer.
Accessibility – Wheelchair access is available to all auditoria and workshop spaces in the venue. There is full access at ground level via the main foyer and box office, by lift up to the theatre foyer and by stair lift down to the lower level.
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcomed.
Toilet facilities are accessible on all levels except the lower foyer. Hearing loops are installed in the Great Hall, Theatre and Cinema.
If you would like to check on any access issues at the Arts Centre, please call 01970 622882.
Faith Space – There is a Faith Space available on the Lower Level.
Wi-Fi – Free wi-fi will be provided during the conference.
The official languages of the conference are Welsh and English. Talks will be through the medium of English, but questions and discussion in Welsh are also welcomed during the sessions.
Photographs will be taken throughout the conference for promotion purposes. Please let a member of staff know if you do not want your picture taken.