Durham University

Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

Travel Information

Durham (Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Science Site)

The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics is on the Science Site just to the south of Durham city centre (labelled Department of Physics on this interactive map).

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. The postcode for the Science Site is DH1 3LE. Note however that parking on the Science Site is extremely limited and that a parking permit must be obtained from your host in advance of arrival. An alternative is to use the Howlands Park & Ride near Ustinov College (No. 55 on the Durham City map linked below) for which the postcode is DH1 3DE. You need to buy a shuttle bus ticket (~£2) to park, but it is quickest to just walk direct to the Physics Dept (<10 mins).

Durham is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York.

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 science site on South Road.

By rail:

Around 60 InterCity trains from most major centres in the country call at Durham daily including 14 trains from London. The GNER high speed service takes under 3 hours from London King's Cross on the main East Coast line.

Durham is just over 3 hours from Birmingham, 2½ hours from Manchester, 1½ hours from Edinburgh and 45 minutes from York.

A taxi will take you from the station to the science site within 5 minutes and you can walk to the city centre in 10 minutes.

By air:

Durham is 30 minutes drive from Newcastle Airport and about 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley. Both have regular domestic and international flights. Durham is linked to Newcastle Airport by rail and metro. Travellers into Durham Tees Valley can take advantage of the free Sky Express bus service that links the airport to Darlington railway station, with regular connections to Durham.

By sea:

Scheduled ferry services link the River Tyne to ports in Scandinavia, The Netherlands and Germany.

NetPark (NetPark Research Institute)

NetPark is approximately 10 miles south east of the city of Durham near the town of Sedgefield. The nearest air and sea ports are all as they are for Durham.

By road:

From the Science Site head east along Stockton Road and follow the A177 south towards Bowburn until you come to the A1(M) roundabout at Jct 61, and then follow either the A177 or the A688/A177 to Sedgefield. NetPark is clearly signposted on the left and is just outside of Sedgefield. From the south, exit the A1(M) at Jct 60 and follow the A689 east to the first roundabout, then go north on the A177 towards Sedgefield and Coxhoe. NetPark is on the right after approx 1 mile. Note that we are now in the NetPark Research Institute building (see location map below).

By train:

NetPark is about a 20 minute taxi ride from either Durham or Darlington stations.

By air:

NetPark is a 45 minute drive/taxi from Newcastle Airport and about 35 minutes from Durham Tees Valley.

Arriva £1 daily bus travel zone expanded

From Sunday, 30 September, University staff and students can travel within the 'Durham District Zone' including around Durham City, for just £1 per day. This means you can travel to Durham from as far away as Barley Mow (Birtley), Tow Law, Bishop Auckland, Sedegfield and Wheatley Hill. The new arrangement also incorporates the Coxhoe and Brandon ‘corridors’ – increasing the area greatly in which you can travel at reduced rates. Students can also continue to enjoy discounted travel to Newcastle City Centre – for less than the cost of travelling private or other forms of public transport. Full details, including the various ticket options and a boundary map for the Durham District Zone, are available on the Greenspace Travel website.