Background information for conference

Background information for conference

Where we are:

There are 2 Universities in Dundee. Dundee University, and Abertay University. Abertay is in the centre of town. http://www.abertay.ac.uk/about/

Abertay University is on the same street at Tayside Police HQ – Bell Street.

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The conference will be in the Old College, one building down from the new entrance. Enter through the Old College Door

http://www.abertay.ac.uk/media/media,236,en.jpg

and turn right behind the stairs, right again. You will have entered a suite of rooms, 1004, 1005 and 1006, where the conference will be held. To avoid the steps into the Old College, go towards the main entrance, and enter toward the car part at the first right option, then right again, entering the same building on the level. UAD reception and security desk is through the glass fronted main entrance to the University, further along the road, on the same side. The Student Union is modern building across the road, with a shop, café, bars, etc.

Parking:

There is very limited parking at Abertay University. Most parking is pay parking in Dundee. The nearest public car park is Bell Street Car park – located between Abertay University and Tayside Police HQ.

http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/visitorparking/main.htm

Accommodation:

Accommodation is up to you.

The nearest hotel is Travelodge Dundee Central, which benefits from a front view of Tayside Police HQ.

http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/301/Dundee-Central-hotel

There are many other hotels in the area. For a full list of possible accommodation, to include some of the many small family run hotels in the area, have a look at our local tourist office web site at http://www.angusanddundee.co.uk/Angus is the countryside around Dundee.

Transport options:

For those coming long distance, Edinburgh Airport is our nearest airport, http://www.edinburghairport.com/ which is well severed by KLM from Amsterdam. Glasgow Airport is also accessible, although it is a longer train ride.

http://www.glasgowairport.com/

Glasgow Prestwick, an airport much favoured by Ryanair, is some distance outside Glasgow, so two train rides from Glasgow Prestwick to Dundee would have to be allowed for.

http://www.gpia.co.uk/

Connections from Edinburgh Airport:

From Edinburgh airport take the Airlink bus into Edinburgh (£6.00 return), (or the Tram http://edinburghtrams.com/ – buy the ticket before you get on the tram as the machine – will take bank cards) and get off at Haymarket or Waverley Railway Stations – it makes more sense to get off at Haymarket. The rail service in Scotland is operated by Scotrail, http://www.scotrail.co.uk/. While other companies may operate trains down to England, a ticket from Scotrail will work on any train in Scotland. Tickets can be bought in advance, or at the railway station. It is not normal for all seats to be booked in advance. However as Dundee is c. 1 hour / 1.30 hours from Edinburgh, it is a commuter train, so will be busy at certain times of the day. The train line is the Edinburgh to Aberdeen train (choose the East Coast and Fife option, then Aberdeen, also ending at Dyce or Inverurie).

http://www.scotrail.co.uk/content/timetables-connections

Taxis in Dundee:

Taxis should be available outside Dundee railway station. However the University is in walking distance of the railway station. Most hotels in the city centre will also be in walking distance of the railway station.

http://www.dundeetravelinfo.com/

Two bus companies operate in and around Dundee.

Travel Dundee http://www.traveldundee.co.uk/

Strathtay http://www.stagecoachbus.com/Strathtay/

Some things to do:

(please make your own arrangements to check opening hours etc.)

Two important and unusual visitor attractions in Dundee are

Discovery Point, and Verdant Works- both at http://www.rrsdiscovery.com/index.php?pageID=130/

Both are in walking distance in the centre of town.

St. Andrews University is in a very nearby town, in the next “county”, Fife. From Dundee to St. Andrews take the 42, 96, 99, 99A or 99B busses.

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/visiting/.

In Angus, for those with their own transport, Glamis Castle is an important tourist attraction, with Royal connections, in the area.

http://www.glamis-castle.co.uk/.

More suggestions will be available from the tourist office (above, under Accommodation).