Manchester Phonology Meeting
Twentieth anniversary meeting
Travel and maps
The conference venue is the Hulme Hall lecture suite at the University of Manchester. NB: 'Hulme' = [hju:m].
This page should contain all the information that you'll need in order to find Hulme Hall - you may want to print out this page (and maybe some of the maps that it links to) to bring with you.
If you have any queries, contact Patrick Honeybone (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To help you plan your travel by air or rail, this page contains links to local airports and to rail information.
If you'd like to find out more about Manchester in general,
and about what there is do to in the city (apart from phonology...),
How to get to Hulme Hall
Hulme Hall is located just south of the city centre.
Its address is: Hulme Hall, Oxford Place, Victoria Park, Manchester, M14 5RR.
The phone number for Hulme Hall's reception is #44 (0)161 275 0210.
Here it is on google maps.
This city centre map is quite useful: it shows in detail how to reach the main campus of the University of Manchester on Oxford Road (marked in purple on the map), and Hulme Hall (which is also a students' hall of residence) is a little further towards the south of Manchester city centre, on Oxford Place.
Hulme Hall is c. 10-15 minutes' walk south of the main university campus, which is itself towards the south of the city centre. Simply head south along Oxford Road (ie, away from the city centre), until you reach a series of hospitals all on the left-hand side and Whitworth Art Gallery on the right. Then turn left into Rusholme Place, leading to Oxford Place (the turning before Rusholme Place is into Hathersage Road) and continue for about 150 yards, past the turning into Oxney Road (on the right). Hulme Hall is then on your right. Please note that Oxford Road turns into Wilmslow Road about level with Rusholme Place, but where it cuts through the Manchester University campus it is still called Oxford Road.
You can easily catch a bus along Oxford Road from the city centre - there are hundreds, running every few minutes. The fare differs from bus company to bus company, so you'll need to ask the driver how much it is when you get on. You should be ok if you ask for 'the stop after the hospitals at the end of Oxford Road' and they should be able to give you change. You will need to stay on the bus all the way along Oxford Road to just past the two hospitals (which are on one campus, on the left hand side). If you take the bus, look out for the hospitals and get out at the first stop after them. You then need to take a left turn into Rusholme Place and follow the instructions above.
Registration for the conference will be on the ground floor of
Hulme Hall building, in the Porters' Lodge. Simply continue straight
after walking into the Hulme Hall complex, past parked cars on your
until you come to a building with glass doors (also on your left). Go
the glass doors and turn right to find yourself in the Porters' Lodge.
Air, rail and bus travel to Manchester
If you're flying into Britain for the conference, it's definitely worth trying to get a ticket to Manchester Airport (or possibly to Liverpool Airport, as Liverpool is close to Manchester and there are frequent train services connecting the two cities, but if possible, go to Manchester Airport). This may not be possible from some places, in which case you'll most likely want to fly into one of the London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or Luton), or another European airport, and either get a connecting flight to Manchester (which should be easy as Manchester Airport is one of the largest in the country), or take the train or bus from London to Manchester.
Manchester airport has direct flights from all over the world and connecting flights to the London airports (and other airports in Britain). There is a direct train service from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly train station in central Manchester (see the 'Travel by train' section below for information about Manchester train stations). You should be able to find details of flights into Manchester from the airport's website: Manchester Airport (or click here to go directly to the airport's 'destinations' page).
John Lennon Airport
If you're travelling from Europe, it may be cheaper to fly to Liverpool Airport using low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair and then take the train to Manchester - you can sometimes get some very cheap tickets with airlines flying into Liverpool. You can easily get to Manchester from Liverpool Airport (although it will probably take at least an hour and a half). There is a direct bus from Liverpool airport to Manchester, or you could take the (regular) bus to from Liverpool airport to Liverpool Lime Street train station, then the train to Manchester (trains run from Liverpool to Manchester every 30 minutes or so and the journey lasts about 45 minutes).
It's easy to get to Manchester by train from anywhere in Britain, including the main airports. If your journey involves travel by train, it's worth noting that there are several train stations in Manchester. The main station in central Manchester, where intercity trains normally terminate, is called Manchester Piccadilly Station. There is also a station to the north, where some trains from Liverpool and Lancashire and other parts of the north of England terminate, called Victoria station. The closest station to the University and Hulme Hall is called Oxford Road station. Some trains from Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds and other cities stop here as well as at Piccadilly, and it may be worth getting off your train here, although Oxford Road station is much smaller that Piccadilly and it's easier to get a taxi from Piccadilly. All of these stations are marked on the City Centre map which can be downloaded as indicated here.
If you take the train from London, you'll probably need to get to Euston Station, which is the big London station for trains to the North-West of England (and certain other destinations). It's easy to get to Euston by the London Underground railway (also known as 'the Tube'). You can download a Tube map here. This site also contains other information about travel in London.
You can find out details of train services to all of the
stations at the National
Rail travel information site and you can buy train tickets
online by following the links there.
It's also easy to buy tickets on the day of travel at any train station - you can just walk up to the counter - but you can normally get (sometimes much) cheaper tickets if you buy them in advance (and you can arrange to pick up pre-ordered tickets from the machines at train stations).
There is also a comprehensive national bus (='coach') network in Britain (organised under the name 'National Express' in England) and it can be cheaper to travel by bus than by train. It always takes longer by bus, however, and trains are normally more comfortable. Manchester is well served by the bus network, and buses arrive right in the centre of Manchester. Full details of services to Manchester from just about anywhere in Britain can be found at this site: www.nationalexpress.com. You can also buy tickets online at that site.
What else is there to do in Manchester?
Manchester is a great city. It's one of the biggest
and liveliest cities in Britain, it has a remarkable history,
renewed itself as a modern metropole.
You can read some information about its attractions and things to do at the Lonely Planet site, the Itchy Manchester site, and at the Manchester 'City Life' site.
In case you're wondering what the weather will be like... The British weather is very changeable, and it's almost impossible to say with any certainty, but, if previous years are anything to go by, then it could well be chilly (c. 12 C), cloudy, windy, and there may be rain. So do pack a jumper [=AmEng 'sweater'] and an umbrella! Having said that, it has been really quite hot (by UK standards) during the mfm in some previous years...
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