HESPA 2020 > Venue



The following information is to help with your travel arrangements for attending the HESPA Annual Conference 2020 at the University of Birmingham. By setting out the below information at this stage, we hope that you are able to make an informed choice about your travel to the event. If you have any questions, please contact hespa@assuredevents.com


This year’s conference will be held at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre which is part of the University of Birmingham Group.

Edgbaston Park Hotel

53 Edgbaston

Park Road


B15 2RS

The majority of the conference will all be taking place at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre, with the exception of the Conference Dinner which will be at The Great Hall.

If you require any further information please visit the hotels website directly here.


Getting There

We would encourage conference attendees to use the most sustainable mode(s) of transport where possible.


By Car

The postcode to the conference centre is B15 2RS and that will bring you directly there. The hotel entrance is on Edgbaston Park Road.

M6 south

Follow M6 heading south to Aston Express Way/A38(M) in Birmingham. Continue on A38 for 5.3 miles and then take a right onto Edgbaston Park Road, the hotel will be on the left.    

M6 North

Follow M40 heading south to Alcester Road/A435. Take exit 3 from M42. Continue on A435. Then take Bells Lane to Edgbaston Park Road in Birmingham. The entrance is then on the left-hand side of the road.

M5 North

Follow M5 to Quinton Expy/A456 in Halesowen. Take exit 3 from M5. Continue on A456. Take Court Oak Road/A4123, A4040 and Somerset Road to Edgbaston Park Road in Birmingham. The entrance is then on the right-hand side of the road.


Limited free parking is available at the hotel, and at the multi-storey car park accessed via Pritchatts Road, just around the corner.


By Train

For all train journeys please check your train times and specific routes by visiting National Rail Enquiries. Birmingham New Street Station is served by nine routes, which are as follows-


Freight (National)

London North Eastern and East Midlands (LNE&EM)

London North Western (LNW)


South East




Please find the most suitable route for your journey.

Birmingham New Street Station

The conference centre is not within walking distance of this station. Please refer to the instructions below for either the University Station or a Taxi.

University Station

The University train station is a 15-minute walk to the conference centre, and there is a high-frequency 6-minute service running direct from Birmingham New Street. Trains from Birmingham New Street to the University Station always depart from Platform 12B.


Once leaving the train at Birmingham New Street the taxi rank is accessible from the exit by Hema or from the Bullring entrance side of the station. It’s around a 2.5-mile drive from the station to the conference centre and should take around 15-20 minutes in a taxi. If you require a taxi you can use one of the following numbers:

Birmingham Taxis: 0121 702 2000

A2B Radio Cars Birmingham: 0121 744 1111

Roundabout Cars: 0121 453 1234/ 0800 783 5789


By Air

Birmingham International Airport is the closest airport to the conference centre.

Birmingham Airport has a free 'Air-Rail Link' monorail system that connects to Birmingham International Station. The Air-Rail Link takes two minutes to get to the train station and operates between 03:30am and 00:30am hours daily. From Birmingham International Station, Birmingham New Street is 10-minutes on a direct train, with seven services per hour.

Alternatively, licensed Black Cabs operate a 24-hour, 365-day service from directly outside the arrivals area of the terminal building.


You can download a copy of the campus map here. Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is located in the Green Zone, building code G23.




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