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ISIPT World Congress

9th World Congress on INDUSTRIAL PROCESS TOMOGRAPHY

World Heritage City of Bath 2 - 6 September 2018

Travel & Tourism

TRAVEL: Bath is easily accessed by Air, Rail and car.  The closest airport is Bristol International Airport which offers many European links and regular airport bus and combined bus/rail links directly to Bath centre. For the transcontinental traveller London Heathrow provides direct major global links. Transfer then via the Heathrow Express train (many per hour) to London Paddington Train Station for a 1.5hr train service to Bath (many services). Regular direct coach links from Heathrow Coach Station to Bath take about 2.5hr.  (We will progressively update this information).


TOURISM:  The ancient City of Bath has been a UNESCO World Heritage City for over 25 years and has many attractions. Bath provides magnificent tourism opportunities for delegates and partners; with many accessible within the city.  Its world famous Roman Baths (below) and Royal Crescent (of our logo) are iconic, but only a small sample of the historic architecture of the city. The lovely River Avon meanders through the city under the famous Pulteney Bridge.

Bath also has many museums and galleries within the city or nearby.  The Architecture Museum explores the rich architectural history of Bath and its transformation from a provincial town into a world famous Georgian city.  The Fashion Museum holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress and is housed in the magnificent Assembly Rooms.  The free Victoria Art Gallery houses the Bath and North East Somerset collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.  Created by leading authorities the Jane Austen Museum on her life and works aims to be not only informative but also exciting and illuminating. It is situated in an original period property with guides in Regency costume. The American Museum, nearby to the University, offer a journey through the history of America, from early settlers to the 20th century. With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, the museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American traditions. The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is dedicated to the achievements of the distinguished family of astronomers; and sited in the house that William discovered the planet Uranus in 1781, using a telescope of his own design.  The Museum of East Asian Art is unique in the UK in its dedication to the arts and cultures of East and South East Asia, with collections representing more than 7,000 years of artistry and craftsmanship.  Bath is also surrounded by beautiful countryside and many other local attractions.

The City of Bristol, one of Britain’s first trading ports, and also on the River Avon, is a short distance by train or bus. It features a (lock-controlled) floating harbour, complete with water taxis, which permeates the city centre. Bristol too has many attractions: historic architecture, a large Aquarium and the innovative We Are Curious science museum.



Bristol also has a fascinating engineering history. The city’s link with the sea is celebrated by Steamship Great Britain and museum; the world’s first iron-hull, screw-propeller passenger liner (designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel), which having been built in Bristol, first crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1854.

Moving from sea to air, the new Aerospace Bristol museum offers amazing interactive exhibits of aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites, engines and more developed in Bristol.  This includes Concorde, the iconic supersonic passenger jet whose airframe and engine were developed nearby. The museum offers the opportunity to board Foxtrot Alpha, the last Concorde to be built and fly. Capable of crossing the Atlantic in under three hours, Concorde cruised at over twice the speed of sound and reached an altitude of 60,000ft. Her passengers would marvel at the curvature of the Earth and look up at a blue-black sky, as they travelled at 1320mph.

An Optional Congress visit is planned to the prehistoric 3000BC UNESCO World Heritage site of Stonehenge and its museum for the day following the Congress.
 
The 1hr coach trip travels though beautiful countryside to Stonehenge. The ancient stone circle is one of the most famous and mysterious sights in Britain. Many theories explain the monument’s function and history, but little is known for certain. The stones which now stand in a circle on the site, aligned with the solstice rising Sun, have been shown to originate from several locations: sarsens (outer ring with lintels) from the nearby Marlborough Downs; and bluestones from a site 250km (150mi) distant in North Wales; presenting a mystery of how they were transported, by glacier or by man?  Stonehenge is part of a fascinating wider landscape, including various burial mounds, Neolithic long barrows, earthworks and Woodhenge.  Stonehenge is a once in a lifetime experience.

For more tourist opportunities see:-
In and nearby Bath city: www.visitbath.co.uk
In and nearby Bristol city: www.visitbristol.co.uk
In the region of Somerset: www.visitsomerset.co.uk
In London: www.visitlondon.co.uk
In England: www.visitengland.co.uk
More widely in the UK: www.visitbritain.co.uk

Travel Visa:  You may require a Tourist Visa to visit the UK.  Please check with the British Embassy in your own country, or visit:  https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/tourist-short-stay-visas
 
Please revisit this page for details to be added later, on airport transfer, train times, links, etc. 

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