in Three Spheres
Byzantium, Islam, and the West
c. 711 – c. 1453
The Glengower Hotel (3 Victoria Terrace, 01970-626191 - c. £35 ppn), the Marine
Hotel (c. £45), the Richmond
Hotel ( c. £40) and the Bellevue Royal Hotel ( c. £55) are
all located on the seafront (Marine Terrace), within easy walking distance of
Old College (the conference venue), and about 5 minutes from the railway station.
Details for other hotels
and B&Bs can be found here.
Getting to Aberystwyth
way to come will be by train. There
is a direct line from Birmingham
New Street to Aberystwyth (2 hrs 40 mins). That line also connects to the London train (departing from Euston, c. 1 hr
30 mins). Leave yourself ample of time at Birmingham New Street:
the train company sometimes cancels the Birmingham
connection, and lets the train depart from Wolverhampton instead (trains take
about 15 minutes from Birmingham).
Should you miss your connection in Birmingham, you
could head on to Shrewsbury
(which, in any case, is on the line to Aberystwyth): the abbey church is worth
a visit (and 5 mins. walk from the station). The
train normally splits at Machynlleth: ask the
conductor to make sure you are in a carriage heading on to Aberystwyth
(otherwise you may end up in some rather picturesque villages, but with no easy
way to get to Aber). By the way: from Shrewsbury onwards you
will travel through stunningly beautiful countryside.
Train times can be accessed here.
you like driving on small country
lanes, there are several of those leading to Aberystwyth.
Detailed directions can be accessed here.
For those of
you coming from abroad: the nearest airports
are Manchester (from where it will take about 4 hrs by train to Aberystwyth –
normally changing at Crewe and/or Shrewsbury) and Birmingham (don’t hang around
at the airport: head on to Birmingham New Street station – c. 15 mins); London to Aberystwyth will take 5 hrs, plus whatever
time you need to get to Euston Station (the Piccadilly underground [tube] line
goes directly from Heathrow to King’s Cross, and will take c. 40 mins – 1 hr: Euston is 5-10 minutes walk from King’s Cross
[along the main road, past the Eurostar terminal at
St Pancras and the British Library on your right]). Bristol
has recently expanded its airport, and may offer cheaper connections (trains
take about 4 hrs). Do not fly to Cardiff: there is no direct north-south rail link in Wales, and you would have to go back to England (Shrewsbury)
before getting onto the Birmingham-Aberystwyth line (so, about 6 hrs). Unless
you hire a car (3 hrs) or take the bus (4 hrs).
Bus connections can be found here.