MEDIACITY 5 full schedule will run over three days on campus at the state-of-the-art Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University and in venues around the city of Plymouth.
The nearest airports are Newquay (just over 40 miles west of Plymouth), Exeter (45 miles east) and Bristol (just under 100 miles to the east). The majority of international flights arrive into Heathrow or Gatwick Airports which are approximately four hours away by train or road.
The rail station is just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre and main University campus at Plymouth. There is a regular train service from Plymouth to London Paddington which takes between three and four hours. There are other direct services from Plymouth to South Wales, the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland. Train is the quickest and most convenient transport, but can be very expensive, depending when you travel. Note that sometimes it can be cheaper to buy two separate single tickets, rather than one return ticket – there is guidance on the following websites for this.
From Exeter there are several trains to Plymouth in most hours. Avoid the local ‘stopping’ trains if you can, as they are slow, less comfortable, and do not cost less than the inter-cities. From Bristol there is one inter-city train per hour operated by Cross-Country, plus occasional local and intercity trains by other operators. From London Paddington there is one inter-city train per hour (note that the train that leaves around 1700 is always expensive), and there are some trains from London Waterloo, but the journey is longer than from Paddington, and you will have to change trains at Exeter. The most convenient (though sometimes stressful) way of crossing London is by metro – ‘The Underground’, or ‘Tube’ – with very frequent trains. Fares can be high, but if you book a train from an airport to Plymouth via London, it should include the necessary Tube fare.
There are regular coach services from most major cities to Plymouth. The coach service from Bretonside Bus Station in Plymouth to London Victoria goes via Exeter and takes just four-and-a-half hours. The bus station is a few minutes’ walk from the city centre and main University campus. National Express is the main coach operator from London airports to Plymouth: coach is inevitably slower but usually a lot cheaper than train. If you are really needing to count the pennies, Megabus (including Megatrain) may be a possibility.
The main route to Plymouth from the North is via the M5 motorway and then continuing on the A38 Expressway via Exeter. Leave the A38 at March Mills interchange and take the A374, which is clearly signed for the City Centre. From the West, leave the A38 at Manadon Interchange and take the A386 into the city. It’s about a three-and-a-half-hour journey from London to Plymouth.
In keeping with the University’s environmental commitment, the use of cars by students, other than students with disabilities, is actively discouraged. In line with good environmental practice, the University charges for car parking on campus.
Parking on campus is severely restricted, however, if visiting us, please ask your University contact to enquire regarding visitor parking, on your behalf. Alternative parking can be found in the city centre. There are several car parks located within walking distance of the University.
A full list of car parks and their locations can be found on the Plymouth City Council website (www.plymouth.gov.uk/)
The city centre also provides three park and ride facilities at George Junction (the largest capacity of the three), Milehouse and Coypool, running services Monday to Saturday. For further information please visit the Park and Ride section of the Plymouth City Council website.
Brittany Ferries operate car ferry services between Roscoff (France) and Santander (Spain) and Plymouth. Fares can be high, especially in season, but are charged by the vehicle, so for a group sharing a car it can be a good deal (with no further travelling necessary in the UK). Visit www.brittany-ferries.com
There are other ferry services from France to ports further East (Weymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Dover), but there are no direct highway connections with Plymouth, so you need to allow ample travelling time. Operators include P&O (www.poferries.com), AFerry.co.uk (www.aferry.co.uk) and DFDS Seaways (www.dfdsseaways.co.uk).