HNS UK Conference 2020

Durham Castle


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Preparations for the HNS UK Conference 2020 are now underway.

Please make a note in your diaries:

Date:   September 11th to 13th 2020

Place:  Durham University.

Durham lies in the heart of North East England, one of the country’s most vibrant and rapidly developing regions. Few venues in the world can rival the splendour, prestige and heritage of the City of Durham.

Located on a dramatic peninsula overlooking the River Wear, Durham’s unique Norman Cathedral and Castle, the former palatial home of the Prince Bishops, are a designated World Heritage Site.

Durham is a small and compact city, and everything is within easy walking distance.

We are pleased to combine the traditional with the modern by being able to use Durham University’s state of the art conference facilities with a Gala Dinner in the Dining Hall of Hatfield College. This college, one of the oldest in the University, is named after a fourteenth-century Durham Prince-Bishop, Thomas Hatfield, whose architectural contributions to Durham include the Castle Keep, as well as the Bishop’s throne in the Cathedral. (The throne was intentionally constructed to be higher than the seat of the Pope.)

Durham University is distinctive – a Collegiate University with ancient traditions and modern values. However, Durham University is much more than a modern forward thinking place of learning. The World Heritage Site at the heart of the City of Durham has been a leading centre of scholarship for over 1,000 years.

Ensuite accommodation is available at a student Hall of Residence within the University grounds as well as two nearby hotels.

Getting to Durham:

By Rail

60 InterCity trains from most major centres in the country call at Durham daily including 16 trains from London. The National Express high speed service takes under 3 hours from London King’s Cross on the main East Coast line. First Transpennine Express offers frequent links to Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, while Cross Country links Durham directly with Scotland, the Midlands, and the South West.

Journey times to major cities: London 3 hours, Birmingham 3 hours, Edinburgh 1 hour 30 minutes, York 1 hour.

By Road

Durham city centre is only two miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham – Sunderland road and follow signs to Durham City Centre. There are several express coach services daily from most major cities. Durham is well served by both regional express services and the local bus network. From the city bus station – a short walk from the railway station – a bus service runs every 15 minutes past the Colleges on South Road.

By Air

Newcastle International Airport is one of the UK’s fastest growing regional airports. There are direct flights to around 16 domestic destinations including London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol, Aberdeen, Belfast and Cardiff. Durham Tees Valley Airport also has direct flights. Both airports are less than 40 minutes drive from the City,

By Sea

Ferry services operate between North Shields and Ijmuiden (Amsterdam) throughout the year.

The new website with full conference and booking details will be available shortly, but in the meantime if you have any questions or want further information, please contact:

Aidan Morrissey at