Directions (Taken from University website)

Campus and location map showing Park Building (No. 11) is available here

The conference Venue

School of Languages and Applied Linguistics                                               
The Park Building, University of Portsmouth
Winston Churchill Avenue

Access by Road

Use postcode PO1 2UP for directions to the campus.

You’ll need a visitor’s permit if you want to use a University car park. To apply for one, email Sorry, we can’t guarantee you a space in advance.

Access by Rail

The closest station is Portsmouth and Southsea. It’s a 5-minute walk from the buildings on the Guildhall campus. There are daily direct trains from London Waterloo and London Victoria (2 hours), and regular services from Southampton, Bournemouth, Chichester and Brighton. Portsmouth is only a 2-hour journey away from Bristol too. You can plan your route with National Rail.


Regular daily direct coach services run to Portsmouth from London, Bristol, Birmingham, Heathrow and other locations around the country. All these services call at The Hard Interchange by Portsmouth Harbour railway station, which is a 15-minute walk from the Guildhall campus.You can find out coach times and routes with National Express.

Access by Air

From London

For all international connections, we’re only 1 hour 30 minutes from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

From Southampton

Southampton International, which has regular flights to Paris, Cherbourg, the Channel Islands, Belfast, Glasgow and more, is just 30 minutes by car and easy to reach by train too.


There are daily sailings between Portsmouth and Caen, Le Havre and St Malo in France. There’s also a twice-weekly service to Bilbao in Spain.

There are crossings each day to the Isle of Wight too, by hovercraftpassenger catamaran, and passenger/car ferry. A passenger ferry also runs across the harbour to Gosport.

Local bus services

The University bus is available during term-time. The circular route runs from Monday to Friday, close to where many students live in Southsea.

Portsmouth has excellent city bus services too. You can catch local and intercity buses from the main bus station at The Hard Interchange, next to Portsmouth Harbour railway station. There is also a park and ride from the M275 terminal with stops in the centre of the University campus.

Bike or Walking Directions

Portsmouth is fairly flat and there’s plenty to see, so the best way to discover the city is on foot or by bike. The Portsmouth & Southsea railway station is very very near the Park Building. It won’t take you more than 3 minutes to walk from there.

Here are some detailed directions:

  1. after you go through the ticket barriers, there are two possible exits: one in front of you and another, nearer, to the left (past a cafe) — take the one to the left;
  2. once out of the station, go down the steps and cross the road (there’s a Co-op supermarket across the road and the Premier Inn on this side)
  3. now, facing the Co-op shop, walk left to the Guildhall Square, under a kind of large passage way
  4. in the square, you’ll see the Guildhall building – the Park Building is right behind it, so walk round the Guildhall building along the large pavement, to your right, and you’ll immediately see the Park Building

The map below shows the actual route:

walking directions

Accessible travel

Blue badge holders can park free of charge in most Portsmouth City Council car parks and most on-street parking spaces.