Travelling to Sheffield and VISAs
For those arriving on the Tuesday evening (27th), we are arranging a brief walking tour of Sheffield beginning at 18.30 so delegates can meet up, experience some local culture and then go off to dinner together. Current meeting point is in front of the cathedral which is clearly marked on the city centre map and next to a tram stop.
The University of Sheffield is very close to the main rail station, 10-15 min walk (see bottom of page) or take the tram to the West Street stop. Moreover, the easiest way for visitors to travel around the UK is using the extensive railway network. This applies to almost all airports that visitors are likely to arrive at. You are advised to get a train ticket before you get onto the train and sometimes this is mandatory. These can be bought when you arrive at the station. Alternatively,Creative Sheffield can help you with advance purchase at preferential rates.
Detailed maps of Sheffield and the University are available here and here. On the campus map, the venue is very close to the West Street Stop
Parking is expensive in Sheffield so if you are intending to drive, check carefully with your hotel first where you can leave your car or use the park on ride (then get the tram) on the main road from J33 of the M1. More information is available here.
The two nearest and hence most convenient international airports are Birmingham and Manchester, however we give a brief summary of how to get to Sheffield from the numerous other airports that may be more convenient for you to fly to. Most UK airports have train stations attached to them which will be well signed.
You can check timetables and detailed connections required from
(Make sure you enter the airport name correctly so you do not get the local town instead.)
VISAs: Overseas visitors can check the VISA requirements at the following website.
Summary directions from some UK airports
MANCHESTER AIRPORT: There are trains to Sheffield about every hour although some require you to change trains at Manchester Piccadilly. Journey time about 80min.
BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL : Get on the regular local train to Birmingham New Street station (takes about 20min). There are regular trains from there to Sheffield and these take about an 80min.
EAST MIDLANDS (Near Nottingham): This is about 1 hour from Sheffield.
LONDON : You need to get to St Pancras station from where trains to Sheffield take between 2.5 hours to 3 hours. From HEATHROW you can take the underground (Piccadilly line) – this takes about one hour. An alternative is a fast train to Paddington and then take underground from there. From GATWICK you can take a fast (more expensive) train to Victoria and then use the underground or a cheaper but slower train that may go all the way to London Kings Cross (a short walk from St. Pancras).
LONDON (Luton Airport): You will need to take a train first to somewhere like Bedford to transfer onto the rail line running north to Sheffield.
LONDON (Stanstead Airport): Regular trains run via Cambridge to Leicester (approx 2 hours). Change there for the Sheffield train (approx 1 hour).Other airports: Please contact us if you are unsure.