How do you get to Coventry and the University of Warwick (which is NOT in Warwick) for CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend?
Coventry is placed almost in the centre of the country, a stone marking the notional centre is a few miles away in Meriden. This makes it an easy destination from much of the country. Close to the M6 and M40 motorways and with good rail links being on the West Coast rail line which links London with the North West and Scotland, also providing easy links at Birmingham to much of the rest of the country. Cross Country rail provides a link to the south coast. The Chiltern Line runs to Leamington Spa, where a bus will get you to the University in about 40 minutes. Birmingham Airport is also within easy reach, being a 20-minute train ride from Coventry. When arriving in Coventry the University of Warwick is on the south side of the city, well signposted from the A45 and A46 roads.
Don’t forget that CAMRA members get a 20 per cent discount with National Express Coaches – details can be found in the members’ area at www.camra.org.uk under ‘Benefits’ – and use the code CAMRA.
If travelling by Bus, links from the city centre to the campus are very good. The principal bus operator being National Express Coventry (not to be confused with their coach services). Their 11, 11u and 12x services run regularly from Pool Meadow Bus Station, calling at the Rail Station. The 12x being the most direct. Service 11 continues to Kenilworth and Leamington. Stagecoach also run services from the University to Leamington, however there is no direct service to Warwick. The university bus station is very close to the venue.
National Express Coventry are offering a special weekend ticket, covering all journeys on their buses from the Friday to Sunday of the Members’ Weekend for £5. Please note that buses only take correct fare, no change is given.
Getting around by taxi is easy as Coventry probably has one of the highest taxi to population ratios in the world – the city is teeming with them. It’s usual to find a long queue of them at Coventry Station and there are plenty on the taxi rank at the University. Black cabs are by far the most prevalent, but there are some private hire cabs too and Uber has recently started operating in the city too.
Folk in Coventry tend to just hail a cab rather than phone for one, as they are that numerous, however the taxi firms have secured all the phone numbers with repeated numbers i.e. (024) 76######. # being any number repeated.
A typical fare from the city to the campus is between £8 and £12, which if shared between four or five is reasonable.
We look forward to welcoming you to Coventry in April. Register at agm.camra.org.uk
Accommodation reminder: not booked a room yet? There’s still availability on campus for the special B&B rate of £99 per night single occupancy/£120 per night double occupancy. Visit agm.camra.org.uk site for details or call 02476 573925 quoting CAMRA to get the discounted rate.
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