Location & Accommodation


The conference will take place on Newcastle Helix in the heart of the city centre at the Newcastle University Campus, in both the Frederick Douglass Centre and the Urban Sciences Building, which are adjacent buildings. The venue is within 10 minutes’ walk of a large variety of restaurants, accommodation and hotels. 

Venue details

Frederick Douglass Centre
Newcastle Helix
Newcastle upon Tyne


Getting There

By Car:
Newcastle Helix is easily accessible by road via the A1 from the north and south and the A69 from the west. There are several nearby public carparks.

By Train & Metro:
7 minute walk from Central Station with direct links to all major UK cities. 

The closest metro station is St James, a 2 minute walk from the venue. 

By Air:
7.7 miles or 30 minutes by Metro from Newcastle International Airport.

•Modern, thriving city that delegates love
•Rough Guide ‘top place in the world to visit’ in 2018

•Newcastle is named one of five trending UK destinations for 2023 by booking.com
•Rolling countryside, outstanding castles, stunning coastline and vibrant night life
•2,000 years of history and passion for sport
•Legendary Geordie friendliness
•In September, the average maximum temperature from 15-17°C and the minimum temperature from 9-11°C. There are generally around 10 rainy days in the month and around 14 hours of daylight per day.


By Air 

•Airport 12 kilometres ( 8 miles) from the city
•Directly connected to 80+ destinations
•Regular flights from London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Dubai – Destination Map
•Airport-city centre only 25 mins by Metro (directly linked) or 15 mins in a taxi

By Rail 

•Central Station in the heart of the city
•Direct services from all major UK cities
•Approx 200 trains daily from across UK
•High speed rail links (<3hrs from London and 90 minutes from Edinburgh) 

By Sea 

•DFDS Newcastle-Amsterdam 7 days/week 

By Road

•A1(M) linking to London, the South, Scotland and major routes across UK
From luxury accommodation to economy hotels, Newcastle offers the full range of accommodation. With over 6,000 city centre bedrooms delegates can take their pick from £50 – £155 per night.

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Newcastle Upon Tyne is a diverse and exciting city set in a heart of North East England. It is a vibrant city with loads to do and experience!

If you want to get to know the city, a great place to start is the seven bridges across the River Tyne located at Quayside. In the city centre, you can visit the Discovery Museum and from there you can go to the iconic stadium St James’ Park. To engage with the history, you can visit Newcastle Castle, Newcastle Cathedral or Victoria Tunnel where you can book a tour. Situated in the heart of Newcastle City Centre is the Grey’s Monument which is also a point where you can find entertainment, markets or the Eldon Square shopping centre.


Want to explore beyond the city? Only 20 minutes away, visit Tynemouth and Whitley Bay to explore the beautiful British coastline. Visit Riley’s Fish Shack located on the seafront for some delicious seasonal fish and seafood or the famous Tynemouth Market which takes place over the weekend at the platforms at Tynemouth Metro Station. To finish your North East coast experience, visit the Lord Collingwood Monument or the Tynemouth Priory and Castle


Newcastle offers many parks and gardens you can explore – Jesmond Dene, Exhibition Park or Armstrong Park. Gateshead (a town on the River Tyne’s southern bank, opposite Newcastle) is also an easy visit to the beautiful countryside. Gibside National Trust is an 18th-century landscape garden and Saltwell Park Gateshead is a Victorian park. Very popular experience for tourists is visiting the famous Angel of the North which is the largest sculpture of an angel in the world or discovering the Hadrian’s wall. If you want to go beyond and see the surrounding countryside, you can visit the Northumberland National Park or Kielder Forest Park. For magnificent castles, explore Alnwick Castle (which is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK) or Chillingham Castle.


Newcastle is bursting with top-level food and restaurant scene. If you stop by the river, restaurants such as The Broad ChareTrakolKhai Khai, or Six can be perfect places to eat. , are great to visit when in the city centre. Well-reviewed restaurants near the venue are, Earl of Pitt StreetBlackfriarsZaap or Chilli Padi.