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the local area
Venue: conference and hack day
The King's Centre is located on the banks of the Thames, a 15 minute walk from the station and city centre. In its previous life it was the Oxford Instruments factory – 30 years ago the first ever MRI scanner was constructed in its main hall.
Nowadays its Oxford's largest city centre conference venue. We chose it for jQuery UK 2013 because it's got loads of space, serves good food, and is 100% accessible.
The King's Centre
(Please note the workshops on 18 April take place in the Saïd Business School Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP)
Situated right in the heart of England, Oxford is one of the country's most active web technology hubs. It's also an historic and enchanting city, woven into the fabric of UK culture. This dynamic combination make it the perfect location for a cutting edge web conference.
If you fancy an explore Oxford's city centre, with its restaurants, colleges, famous museums and gargoyles is just a 15 minute walk away from the King's Centre. The conference is on a Friday so why not make a weekend of it?
Oxford is probably most famous for its University but did you know that Lewis Carroll dreamed up Alice in Wonderland while he boated down the river just outside the Centre? It's also famous for the Mini, Radiohead and Roger Bannister's 4 minute mile. If you want to check it out the Oxford City Guide website.
The King's Centre is a 15 minute walk from Oxford rail station. Direct trains from London take approximately one hour and leave Paddington every 30 minutes.
Oxford is also well served from main travel hubs around the country:
- Birmingham New Street (1h 10m)
- Manchester Piccadilly (2h 50m)
- Bristol (1h)
- Southampton (1h)
- Cambridge (2h 35m)
- Glasgow (5h 14m)
- Cardiff (1h 49m)
Oxford's Park & Ride is the easiest way to get into Oxford City Centre by car - believe us!
With five car parks located around Oxford's ring road and fast and frequent bus services until late evening, it is the only sensible way to travel into Oxford City Centre. The nearest is the Seacourt, just off the A34 Botley Interchange. You will need to get off at the Osney Island bus stop on Botley Road, from where The King's Centre is just a 5-10 minute walk along the Thames towpath (marked by a dotted line on our map.)
Please note there is no parking space available at the venue. While there is parking in the city centre, it is very expensive and Oxford's one way system makes it a challenge for newcomers.
The Oxford Tube coach service runs to and from London every 15 minutes during the day (2 hours), complete with free wifi and power points.
All the major bus companies, including National Express, Megabus and Stagecoach, operate from Oxford Bus Station which is a 15 minute walk from the venue.
The King's Centre provides undercover and secure bicycle racks. If you cycle round Oxford or would like to bring your bike on the train, The King's Centre is next to the Thames towpath (marked by a dotted line on our map), which is suitable for bicycles. Download a map by Oxfordshire County Council of cycle routes in Oxford.
Regular coach services connect Oxford with Heathrow (1 hour), Gatwick (2 hours) and Luton (2 hours) airports. They terminate at Gloucester Green coach station in Oxford City Centre, from where The King's Centre is just a 15 - 20 minute walk.