Venue, Accommodation & Travel

Information on the conference venue and hotel and other nearby accommodation options.

Conference Venue and Hotel: The Crowne Plaza, Royal Victoria

The Crowne Plaza, Royal Victoria is a 4 Star, Grade II listed hotel located in Sheffield city centre. With 14 meeting rooms, including its elegant ballroom which can host up to 400, and more than 100 bedrooms all newly refurbished in 2018-19, the Royal Victoria is an ideal conference venue.

The hotel is just half a mile from Sheffield’s Railway Station and Bus Station, and is readily accessible by the Sheffield Supertram network – the nearest tram stop is Fitzalan Square Ponds Forge. It is also easily accessible from Junction 33 of the M1 Motorway and has its own private parking, with over 250 parking spaces which will be free to Conference participants.    

  • Address: Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Sheffield, Victoria Station Road, Sheffield, S4 7YE, United Kingdom
  • Tel: 0114 276 8822
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • Making a booking: to access the special conference rate please book through the dedicated event website

Conference Opening Drinks Reception: Firth Court, the University of Sheffield, 1st September 7pm

Completed in 1905, Firth Court is the main administrative centre for the University of Sheffield. This stunning Edwardian Grade II listed building houses the equally impressive Firth Hall which is where the Conference Opening Reception will be held.

On the evening of the reception, transport will be provided to and from the Crown Plaza, Royal Victoria to Firth Court. Firth Court can also be reached using the Sheffield Supertram Network with the nearest stop the University of Sheffield.    

Address: Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN

Conference Gala Dinner: Sheffield Cathedral, 2nd September

Set in the heart of the city, Sheffield Cathedral is one of the city’s great architectural and historical landmarks. This 900 year old, Grade II listed building will provide a unique setting for the conference dinner. It is ideally situated, a short fifteen minute walk from the conference venue, and with the Cathedral tram-stop right outside. The Cathedral is also home to the Cathedral Archer Project which works with the homeless and vulnerable in Sheffield to help them find ways out of homelessness and exclusion:

Address: The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul, Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HA

Tel. 0114 275 3434


Email: [email protected]

Planning your trip


There is a wide selection of hotels available in Sheffield, including the conference hotel and venue – The Crown Plaza, Royal Victoria, and its sister hotel the Holiday Inn Express Sheffield City Centre.

Additional nearby options include the Travelodge Sheffield Central. Further budget-priced hostels and campus accommodation are available.

Making bookings: Reservations can be made using the accommodation link until 28 days prior to the event start date with the exception of the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express which will close bookings through this link 6 weeks before the event date. The booking link will close fully 14 days prior to the event start date. After this date contact details for hotels will be provided for last minute enquiries.

Travel to Sheffield

We look forward to three days of shared learning and discussion. Participants and speakers are encouraged to book their travel and accommodation early to ensure availability, and to spend the entire event with us.

Information on how to get to Sheffield is available here and summarised below:


There are four international airports within an hour’s drive of Sheffield, making it easy to reach from overseas destinations.  

Manchester Airport has a regular direct rail service to Sheffield. 

Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport is served by a number of European destinations with charter flight routes. 

Leeds Bradford Airport is also well served by European and long haul destinations. Sheffield can then be reached using a taxi service or bus to Leeds and then train to Sheffield.

Nottingham East Midlands receives routes from European and long haul destinations. Sheffield can then be reached by road using a taxi service, or take the airport shuttle to East Midlands Parkway and take the train (operated by East Midlands Railway) to the centre of Sheffield.  

To ensure your easy onward journey from your airport of choice, you can book your airport transfer in advance with one of the private hire taxi companies in Sheffield. You can book City Taxis online or call them direct on 0114 239 3939, or travel using UBER.  


There are fast direct links from London to Sheffield departing every thirty minutes from St Pancras International and leaving early morning to late at night. 

If you are travelling from Europe the Eurostar link from Paris arrives at London St Pancras International – you can be in Sheffield in just 5 hours after leaving Paris.  

There are also hourly fast trains from Manchester city centre and direct services from Manchester International airport.  

Sheffield is also easy to reach by train regional rail services, whether you’re travelling from the north, south, east or west. 

Tickets can be booked in advance through National Rail Enquiries and relevant service operator websites or

Conference Sheffield is also pleased to offer discounted travel with East Midlands Railway – this mainly applies to the main route from London St Pancras to Sheffield.  The link to the booking form can be found below and delegates can also access it on the accommodation booking site.


Sheffield is well connected with the rest of the UK by road. To reach the conference hotel and venue by road please see the following information and a local map.

Getting around in Sheffield

Once in Sheffield you can use the Stagecoach Supertram network or local buses to get around – the network is vast with no corner of the city not reached.

Stagecoach Supertram: all trams are accessible, with regular stopping points throughout the city centre.  

The Meadowhall/Middlewood (yellow) route will take you to all the major sporting venues and Meadowhall, one of Europe’s largest shopping malls.  

The Halfway/Malin Bridge (blue) route will take you to some of Sheffield’s most interesting suburbs, one of Sheffield’s oldest parks – Norfolk Heritage Park, and the historic Rivelin Valley.  

There are clear route indicators on supertram stops and on each tram but if you have a question, or need assistance, just ask the on-board tram staff who will be happy to help. You can purchase a ticket for tram travel from the on-board staff or by downloading the Stagecoach App.

Nearly all places of interest, hotels and attractions in Sheffield can be reached by public transport.  To find out about all the local transport services, in and around Sheffield, the easiest starting point is the Travel South Yorkshire website or call the travel information service on +44 (0)1709 515151.    

Taxis: a range of taxi providers are also available in Sheffield, including:

  • City Taxis 0114 239 39 39
  • A1 Taxis 0114 2888 888
  • UBER