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For all enquiries relating to the Research Complex, please contact:
Research Complex at Harwell
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
tel: +44 (0) 1235 567700
fax: +44 (0) 1235 567799
The Research Complex is located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell Oxford in Oxfordshire, 16 miles south of Oxford and close to the A34 and M4. There is nearby rail access from Didcot Parkway Station and a regular bus service to local towns. More detailed directions are available here
If your SatNav does not recognise our postcode or directs you to Didcot town centre, please enter the postcode for the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory - OX11 0QX.
Approximately 8 miles on from the A34 junction with the M4 at Newbury, take the A4185 (A417) exit, signposted for Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and Wantage. Turn left onto the A4185 and then turn left at the roundabout approximately half a mile from the exit.
Go straight across the 2 mini roundabouts and continue down Fermi Avenue until you see the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory main gate on the left, which is the main entrance for Research Complex visitors.
Take the A4130 (A417) exit signposted Milton, Chilton, Didcot and Wantage.
At the roundabout take the fourth exit signposted A4130 Wantage, Steventon, Drayton, Harwell. Follow this road up the hill for one and a half miles, going straight ahead at the traffic lights. Continue straight on to the Rowstock Roundabout and take the second exit onto the A4185.
Pass the UKAEA Harwell Laboratory on your right after approximately two miles, then turn right at the next roundabout, taking the exit signposted Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and MRC. Go straight across the 2 mini roundabouts and continue down Fermi Avenue until you see the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory main gate on the left, which is the main entrance for Research Complex visitors.
The nearest rail station is at Didcot Parkway
A regular bus service also runs to the campus: Thames Travel's X31, X32 or X34 bus service runs between Oxford, Didcot Parkway, RAL (ask for the Harwell IBC Bus Station, Fermi Avenue) and Wantage. Mondays to Fridays (except Bank Holidays). Timetable information
Newbury Buses service 6 runs between Newbury, Harwell campus (ask for IBC Bus Station) and Didcot Parkway. Monday to Saturday (except Bank Holidays). Timetable information
The main gate can be found approx. 150m from the bus station on the opposite side of Fermi Avenue.
Harwell Oxford is about one hour's drive from Heathrow Airport and two hours or so from Gatwick Airport. Your host may be able to arrange transport from Heathrow. For flight details, contact the appropriate airport enquiry services.
A frequent coach service, Reading-Heathrow Railair, takes passengers to Reading Station to connect with trains to Didcot Parkway. The service picks up from all four terminals and the journey time to Reading is approximately 40 minutes, depending on traffic.
Visit the Heathrow Airport website for further details
Take the M4 motorway towards Slough, Reading and the West. Continue as far as junction 13 and then head North for about 8 miles on the A34 towards Oxford and follow the A34 (northbound) directions given above.
A direct train service operates between Gatwick Airport and Reading Station to connect with services to Didcot Parkway. The journey takes about 1 hour 40 minutes.
Visit the Gatwick Airport website for further details
Take the M23 to London and Guildford. At junction 7/8 join the M25 to Heathrow and Watford. At junction 15, take the M4 towards Slough, Reading and the West, and continue to junction 13. Head North for about 8 miles on the A34 towards Oxford and follow the A34 (northbound) directions given above.
Further details on airport connection services (for Gatwick and Heathrow) are available from National Rail Enquires on +44 (0)8457 48 49 50.
There are a number of hotels nearby and also accommodation can sometimes be arranged on the campus at Ridgeway House or in Abingdon at The Cosener's House. Please contact your host if you need accommodation.
Restaurant facilities are provided both on the RAL site and as part of the meeting and conference facilities at The Cosener's House.
The Complex has limited parking available next to the building. Parking is also available in the bus station opposite the entrance to the RAL site.
Further information about the Harwell Campus is available at: http://www.harwell.org.uk/