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Computers in Scientific Discovery 5 - Travel

Some useful tourist information about South Yorkshire can be found here.

The conference is held at the home of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Sheffield:

Dainton building, Brook Hill, Sheffield, S3 7HF, UK

By air

Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and Nottingham East Midlands airports are all about an hour's travel time from Sheffield.

Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster is around 30 minutes away by car.

Manchester Airport is served by many domestic and international carriers and has a direct rail link to Sheffield both day and night.

Both London airports (Heathrow and Gatwick) are reasonably accessible by rail with just one change of train. We recommend you to allow at least four hours travel time between either of these airports and Sheffield.

By train

Sheffield is at the heart of the railway network. Regular services operate between Sheffield and London St. Pancras (from just over 2 hours), Birmingham (1.25 hours), Leeds (1 hour) Manchester (1 hour) and Nottingham (1 hour).

There is a direct link from the railway station to the Sheffield Station Supertram stop via the main overbridge. Discounted rail travel is available between London and Sheffield. Download and complete this booking form if your address is within the UK and this form if your address is outside the UK. Then return the form by fax, email or post to Yorkshire South Tourism as instructed on the form.

Local transport


Trams link the railway station and the city centre directly to the University. The tram stop is located at the back of the railway station. Trams from the station to the University run on the Blue route (destination "Malin Bridge").

Trams from the city centre to the University run on both the Blue route and the Yellow route (destination "Middlewood").

During the day, trams run every 10 minutes (15 minutes on Sundays) from 6.00am to midnight. Some departments are best accessed by alighting at the West Street stop, while for others it is best to use the University of Sheffield stop. Check which one is best to use before you start your journey.


Buses to the University are frequent and inexpensive. From the railway station and coach station you can take the number 40 directly to the University. Other buses from the city centre include the 51 and 52.

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