This year's National Conference will be located in the heart of England - at Conference Aston, part of the Aston University campus in Birmingham. The conference accommodation sits within the green, landscaped university campus - so green in fact that you'll forget you're a few minutes walk away from Birmingham's city centre and all the convenient facilities it has to offer.
The address is as follows:
Conference Aston - Conference Centre and Hotel,
Birmingham B4 7ET
Drivers - head for Car Park 12, postcode B4 7PS.
Getting to Conference Aston
Conference Aston is based within a 10-15 minute walk of Birmingham New Street, Moor Street or Snow Hill train stations and the main Bull Ring shopping centre. It's easily accessible by major bus routes and only a few minutes drive of the M6 / Aston Expressway.
Delegates can park in the secure, underground Conference Aston car park during the event.
Parking must be pre-booked and paid for, online, prior to arrival - the cost is £7.95 per vehicle.
A permit and access code for the car park barrier will be emailed, together with a map and directions, once you have booked your parking space. The permit must be displayed in the vehicle windscreen at all times, as the car park is regularly patrolled and penalties apply for vehicles not displaying a valid permit.
>> Book your parking via the Conference Aston website
If the onsite car park is fully booked, nearby parking is available at Millennium Point - find out more.
>> Download a full location guide from the Conference Aston website
Conference Aston facilities
Conference Aston has its own hotel so delegates, exhibitors or speakers who are staying over at this year's conference will undoubtedly be impressed by the quality of the overnight accommodation. The very comfortable ensuite bedrooms are 4 star standard and come complete with free WiFi, an LED TV, an ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities and natural daylight!
Residential guests will also have access to the onsite Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre with its 25 metre Victorian pool (Birmingham's oldest swimming pool) and 160 station gymnasium.
All meals, which are freshly prepared using seasonal ingredients will be served in the Courtyard Restaurant. It overlooks a beautifully landscaped outside space - perfect for those sunny July coffee breaks!
>> Find out more about Conference Aston
Birmingham is the UK’s second city, and a centre for culture, sport, music and architecture. Home to European Cup winners Aston Villa, as well as world famous bands and some of the best shopping centres in Europe, there’s no end to the list of reasons to visit this historic and energetic city.
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