Getting to York

The conference will be held in the Department of Archaeology, which is situated in York at The Kings Manor.

You may find it useful to look at this website which provides maps showing the location of York within Britain, and with the main communication routes and travel information.

When working out your travel plans you need to consider rail costs from the airport as well as flight prices. Thus, a slightly more expensive flight to Manchester may be cheaper in total than a flight into Heathrow. Find out from your travel agent the costs of rail travel within the UK or check on line on the National Rail website. There are sometimes great deals for tourists who book ahead. Then consider the flight costs, where else you may like to go, and the convenience of the travel arrangements.

Air travel

You may wish to fly into London (Heathrow or Gatwick). You will then need to get into and across London to King's Cross railway station to take a fast train to York.

GATWICK has the Gatwick Express train which takes you into Victoria station (this costs about the same as the Manchester to York rail fare when purchased in England). You then take the tube or a taxi from Victoria to King's Cross, though with many morning arrival flights this will be rush hour. From there you can get the train direct to York.

HEATHROW has the Underground (subway) train which takes you straight to King's Cross on the Picadilly line (the only line which goes from Heathrow). From there you can get the train direct to York. This is therefore a less complicated and easier journey than from Gatwick.

For those intending to come to York and have that as their base for their visit, then MANCHESTER airport, with its DIRECT RAIL LINK to York, may be a much more convenient destination. several major airlines fly into this airport.

The closest airport is LEEDS/BRADFORD AIRPORT. It is a nice small airport which is quick to get through and there is now an hourly coach service to and from York station. This is probably the best airport for York.

Other regional airports that offer cheap flights from some European destinations and convenient rail access include Newcastle and Teeside. Newcastle has a metro line from the airport to the railway station (c. 30 minutes) and then an hours train journey to York.


York is on the main rail line from London to Edinburgh, and has good connections with all parts of the UK. Train services are very limited on Bank (public) holidays such as Christmas Day, Boxing Day (26th December) and New Year's Day. Make sure that there are appropriate trains and all the necessary connections if you are travelling on these days.

Buses and Coaches

Although slower than rail travel, coach travel is easy, cheap and safe in Britain. The main long-distance carrier is NATIONAL EXPRESS.

For other details of how to reach York from ports and airports within the UK, see the city of York's HOW TO GET THERE page. From this site you can get to rail company web sites etc. Your travel agent should be able to make all arrangements from your home city.


Those coming from Northern Europe and Scandinavia may wish to arrive by ship. Ferry services (passengers and vehicles). Ferries connect Hull with Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. Ferries from Scandinavia reach Newcastle.


Normally there will not be parking facilites at The Kings Manor and if you do intend to come by car you will have to use one of the city car parks but before Christmas these can get very busy. However, if you are bringing a minibus of delegates please contact us and we will try and arrange parking facilities for you at Kings Manor.