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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

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TRAVEL FROM AIRPORT TO/FROM BATH : Bath is easily accessed by Air, Rail and by car.

The nearest airport is Bristol International Airport www.bristolairport.co.uk which offers many European links. A direct bus service operates between Bath and Bristol Airport every 30 minutes with stopping points at several locations in Bath. Return tickets are available. See: www.airdecker.com for details. It is also possible to take the frequent (every 10mins) Airport Flyer Express directly to Bristol (Temple Meads) Train Station and then use the frequent direct train service to Bath (this route is likely to longer than the direct bus service).

For transcontinental travellers London Heathrow Airport www.heathrow.com provides major direct global links. To transfer to Bath you can travel by train, probably the fastest route but more expensive option; or by road using a Coach service which is inexpensive, but may be delayed on the M4 motorway at peak times. If you arrive on Sunday 2 September traffic is likely to light. You can check conditions at: www.trafficengland.com. If you are considering hiring a car remember that you must drive on the LEFT in the UK; check also that you can park a car at/near your hotel. To use a car to travel to the Congress you will need to pay for daily parking (information at www.bath.ac). The distance from London Heathrow to Bath is about 100miles (161km) with a typical car journey time of 1hr 55mins.

To travel by Coach to Bath obtain information and book online at: www.nationalexpress.com. The Heathrow Coach Station is accessible directly from Terminals 2/3; with free (underground) train links from Terminals 4 and 5. Estimated coach time is 2hr 30min to the Bath Bus Station.

To travel by Train note information: www.nationalrail.co.uk for all UK rail services and ‘real-time’ arrival/departure data for any station. To save time use the 3-letter station code, e.g. for Bath Spa station: Code: BTH. You may be able to book in advance but check that you can collect your tickets at Heathrow. Also be aware that some low-cost Advance tickets may be restricted to a single train timed service. Hence to ensure that your train ticket is useful if your flight is delayed it is advisable if possible to buy an Off-peak ticket that can be used on any train within a general time period. It is possible to reduce costs by buying a ‘Return’ (2-way) ticket.

From Heathrow to Bath there are two options. Option 1 is to buy a train ticket from Heathrow Airport that includes a short (regular) bus transfer direct to nearby Reading station (Code: RDG) to connect with the Great Western Railway (GWR) train from central London. These are typically at 30min intervals. Option 2 involves taking the www.heathrowexpress.com service to west-side London (Paddington) train station (Code PAD). There are 4 trains per hour from Terminals 2, 3 (taking 15min) and from Terminal 5 (21min). A free transfer train links Terminal 4 to the T2/T3 train station. Heathrow Express provides direct non-stop service to London Paddington. Tickets can be bought on line in advance and may be cheaper than machines in the station. London Underground (metro) services also operate from Heathrow to Paddington but take much longer (up to 60min) as they stop at every metro station on route.

TRAVEL TO/FROM BATH CENTRE TO CONGRESS VENUE - THE EDGE

The University of Bath website: http://www.bath.ac.uk/topics/travel-advice/ offers helpful maps and travel guidance. The link to University of Bath, Claverton Down campus provides information and a useful zoom-able map with the central section shown below.

University of Bath, Claverton Down campus map

The easiest way to get from Bath centre is to take a bus. A link “Travelling by bus to Univ of Bath” is included http://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/travelling-by-bus-to-the-university-of-bath/. The U1 bus goes from several city locations directly to the Bus terminus, as shown above. This is next to The Edge Congress venue. For detailed guidance: www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west provides an interactive planner. You can enter your street address and “University of Bath” and the website will indicate the nearest bus stop with a walking guide and times. For example, from “Bath Bus Station” to “University of Bath” offers the next 3 or 4 buses. Typical travel times are 10 to 15mins.

If you are travelling by car using a GPS Navigator use the postcode: BA2 7BA (for Norwood Avenue). Turn right at the bus terminus and park in the ‘Pay and display’ section of the East Car Park shown.

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 (below).

Bath 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, takes you on 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; 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 Coach Trip travelling for about 1hr though beautiful countryside to the prehistoric 3000BC UNESCO World Heritage site of Stonehenge is available subject to demand.

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

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