The 2006 Arts Conference is to be held in conjuction with the Edinburgh International Arts Festivals and will take place at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, from Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th August 2006.

For all conference inquiries please email the conference secretariat.

Conference Venue

The Arts Conference venue is Pollock Halls, the University of Edinburgh's Edinburgh First complex—a combination of conference facilities and halls of residence in close proximity.

Accommodation options in the Pollock Halls of Residence are available now at this link.

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Edinburgh from Calton Hill

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About the Vecinity
(Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Pollock Halls adjoins Holyrood Park, a royal park in central Edinburgh, Scotland. It is regarded as a microcosm of Scottish scenery, with a stunning array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of gorse packed into its landscape. The park includes Holyrood Palace, Arthur's Seat, the Salisbury Crags, St Margaret's Loch, Dunsapie Loch, Duddingston Loch, and St Anthony's Chapel.

Travelling Directions to the University of Edinburgh
(Information courtesy of Edinburgh First)

By Train

Trains (GNER) from London Kings Cross leave every hour, with a journey time scheduled at slightly under 4.5 hours. GNER trains travel up the east coast line. The GNER web site is www.gner.co.uk, or telephone 08457 225 225 for tickets or 08457 484 950 for enquiries.

Virgin trains provide direct cross country services to many other cities in England. The Virgin trains web site is www.virgin.com/trains, or telephone 08707 891 234 or 08457 222 333.

For details on timetables, see www.networkrail.co.uk or telephone 08457 484 950.

Edinburgh’s principal railway terminus is Waverly Station, less than 15 minutes walk from the University. A cab (a taxi rank is located inside the station next to Platform 11) to the University will cost around £4. Trains from the West Coast or from Glasgow will also stop at Haymarket station, at the west end of Princes St.

By Coach/Bus

Coaches arrive in St Andrews Square located almost directly across Princes St from the Waverley Train Station. St Andrews Square is a 20 minute walk from the University.

There are frequent services from London Victoria Bus Station to Edinburgh. Further information can be obtained from www.nationalexpress.com or telephone 08705 808 080.

By Air

Edinburgh Airport (0870 040 0007) has direct flights to most UK airports and to most European capitals. It is located about a 20 minute drive west of the city centre. A cab from the airport to the University should cost £15-£20, depending on the time of day. Lothian Region Transport operates a frequent Airline bus from the airport to Haymarket and Waverley train stations (£5 return fare).

Discount carriers Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) operate services between London Luton and Stansted airports and Edinburgh, along with services to other regional airports around the UK. Flybe (www.flybe.com) operate services between Birmingham airports and Edinburgh. Advance purchase fares can be as little as £35 return fare on these routes if booked well in advance. A similar fare is also available between Edinburgh and Dublin, and Belfast.

British Airways and British Midland fly between Edinburgh and London Heathrow (BA also has flights to London Gatwick). Advance purchase fares from these airlines are usually around £70 but are seldom available at peak flight times. British European flies between London City Airport and Edinburgh.


A small number of parking permits can be purchased for the University George Square (for George Square conferences only). Alternatively, there is a public car park on Crichton St.

Parking at Pollock Halls is limited and is on a first come first served basis. Pollock Halls is located next to the Commonwealth Swimming Pool on 18 Holyrood Park Rd.

For additional travel information, visit the Scottish Tourist Board web site: www.visitscotland.com