CW14 Practical Information

On this page, you will find practical information about the venue of the workshop. This includes travel arrangements, hotels, as well as food and drink. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How to get there?

The Oxford e-Research Centre benefits from a wide range of public transport options for travel. Please consider eco-friendly options to streamline your journey and ensure a seamless arrival.

Oxford suffers from severe traffic congestion and limited parking so we recommend that if possible you use public transport when visiting the City. If you are driving you may like to use one of the Park and Ride facilities around the city.

From London and the South-East 
Take Junction 8 (A40) from the M40 and follow straight through towards the City Centre; turn right immediately past Magdalen Bridge.

From the North 
Junction 9 off the M40 leads to North Oxford.

From the West 
The A40 also enters North Oxford, at the Banbury Road. Then approach via Parks Road.

From the South or South-West 
Take the A34 or A420 to the Botley interchange.


Please note that parking at the Oxford e-Research Centre is by prior arrangement only and limited to a single space. Public parking is available on the Keble Road at a rate of £2 for up to 1 hour or £3 for up to 3 hours.

The Oxford e-Research Centre is approximately 20 minutes' walk from the railway station. Taxi services are available outside the Station entrance.

For rail travel information ring +44 (0)8457 484950 or visit the National Rail website.

Express coach services run between Oxford and London (1-1½ hours), London Heathrow, Birmingham and other destinations nationwide.

The Coach Station at Gloucester Green is approximately 15 minutes' walk from the Oxford e-Research Centre. Alternatively there is also a Taxi rank at Gloucester Green.

For coach travel information contact:

The Oxford Bus Company

Stagecoach, Oxford

Oxford Tube

National Express

Oxford is conveniently reached by coach from Heathrow Airport (1¼ hours) or Gatwick Airport (2½ hours). There is a frequent bus service from Heathrow. See the bus company links above for details. Alternatively, there are a range of local taxi/car firms who offer an airport transfer service.


Attendees at CW14 can be rest assured that there is a wide range of accommodation available for them. In addition, the Oxford e-Research Centre has arranged special rates at the following hotels for the event.

The first of these is the Malmaison Oxford, a boutique hotel which is 14 minutes' walk way from the OeRC. You can book your room with a discount if you quote OXER900 on the hotel's main web site, or ring 0844 693 0659 or email for further details.

Next is the 4-Star Cotswold Lodge Hotel, based conveniently in the centre of Oxford and 9 minutes' walking distance from OeRC. It offers a £90 per room university rate and also offers a range of dining facilities and a bar. Bookings can be made on the site or you can contact the hotel via 01865 512 121.

Then there is The Eastgate Hotel, a 3 Star hotel based in a 17th Century coaching inn, and is a 14 minute walk away from OeRC. Famous guests over the years have included JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, and there is both a restaurant and bar on the premises. To secure a special nightly rate of £120 per room, ring on 01865 248 332.

Finally, the Linton Lodge offers the cheapest option - a 3 Star room for £80 a night if you make a booking via 01865 553 461 - but is also the furthest away with a 18 minute walk away from Merton. 

If a hotel is too formal for you, however, there is another option. University Rooms Oxford gives you the opportunity to rent accomodation in one of the Oxford Colleges, with breakfast included. Prices range from £40 to £175. Based on availability, you can also book dinner in addition to options such as quad-facing, en suite, double twin or single bed and self-contained flats. There are also no booking fees or hidden charges, and proceeds go towards maintaining the college buildings themselves.

Food and Drink

The conference will provide food and drink throughout its three day duration, and there is also a wide range of pubs, restaurants and other dining establishments nearby and throughout the Oxford area.

Attendees will be able to make use of the following opportunities during the event:

Coffee breaks take place at the event three times daily (for times, please visit our Agenda page).

Lunches will be also held in the OeRC throughout CW14.

The official dinner, hosted at St. John's College, is free to attend for all registrants and will take place at 7.30pm on March 26th 2014.

Finally, snacks will also be provided on the evening of the first Hackday, on March 27th 2014.