HHMC 2017 will be held on campus of the University of Surrey, located in Guildford, about 50km south-west from the center of London. As the capital of Surrey County, the most interesting part of Guildford (at least for computer scentists) is probably the fact that Alan Turing was living here with his family for many years since 1927. In 2004, the Turing statue made by John M Mills was unveiled at the University of Surrey Campus, which you can still find today (the left most picture in the photo montage below).
The workshop will be held at the Treetop room, Wates House on the Staghill Campus of the University. The workshop dinner on 20th September will be held in a restaurant located in another town close to Guildford, where a short local tour will be organized before the dinner takes place. Shuttle buses will be arranged for transporting participants to the restaurant. The following Google map along with the campus map above can be used for navigation purposes. The Google map also lists relevant bus stops and buses running between University of Surrey campus and Guildford town centre (Friary Bus Station).
Below you can find a list of recommended hotels in Guildford:
- Guildford Harbour Hotel (4*)
- The Mandolay Hotel (4*)
- Asperion Hotel (4*)
- Holiday Inn Hotel (4*)
- Travelodge Guildford Hotel (3*)
From the above hotels to the University campus, you can take buses or walk. The following map shows the location of the workshop venue and the routes from different hotels to the venue (by foot). The closest bus tops and the important exchange stop (Friary Bus Station) for some routes are also marked.
How to get to Guildford
To check the best directions, you may want to use Google Maps which covers most public transporation tools in the UK including trains, buses, subways and trams. For more information on timetables and purchasing train tickets online, you can use National Rail's online journey planning tool. Train tickets can also be purchased from the counter or automatic machines at any train station.
If you plan to use a taxi we advise you to book in advance with a Guildford local taxi company such as GM Cars which is significantly cheaper than taking a cab directly at the airport.
From Heathrow Aiport: You can use public transportation (journey time: ~1.5 hour) or book a taxi service in advance (journey time: ~45 minutes). In order to reach Guildford by public transportation, we advise you to take a bus service operated by the National Express from the airport to Woking train station and then take a train to Guildford. Bus tickets (one-way/return) can be purchased from the ticket counter at the airport or online.
From Gatwick Aiport: You can use a direct train connection (journey time: ~1 hour) from Gatwick Aiport (GTW) train station to Guildford train station or book a taxi service in advance (journey time: ~1 hour).
From London: There are regular express train services running between London Waterloo (WAT) and Guildford (GLD) train stations. The approximate time of the train journey is ~40 minutes. Note that there are also slow train services which will take ~1 hour to get to Guildford.