Hafiz and The School of Love in Classical Persian Poetry
Conference - Travel and Accommodation
30 March - 1 April 2007
University of Exeter, Exeter
This conference hopes to reveal, through the works of Hafiz, the historical, aesthetic, rhetorical, philosophical and theological bases of his love lyrics in the culture and civilization devoted to the School of Love in mediaeval Persia.
Please find below relevant travel, accommodation details which you may find of interest
Transport and Parking
Delegates travelling by Road
Exeter is easily reached by the M5 Motorway to the east and by the A30 to the west.
The University of Exeter Streatham Campus is approximately 30 minutes form the M5.
If travelling from the M5 leave at J29
Turn right onto A3015 heading towards City centre
Turn right onto B3181 (Hill Barton Road)
Turn left onto Pinhoe Road, B3212 go under Railway Bridge, past St Marks College on the left then
Turn right on brow of hill beside Henry's Bar into Mount Pleasant Road.
At roundabout turn 2nd left (more or less straight on) onto Union Road.
After about ½ a mile and passing the Victoria Inn on the left go over traffic lights and straight onto Prince of Wales Road.
This takes you straight into the University Campus.
Follow signs for Stocker Road and the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
There are signs to the University almost as soon as you come off the motorway.
If you miss J29 then you may take J30 with signs to the University there as well. You will pick up the A3015 after a short way on the A379 heading towards Topsham.
Residential delegates will be issued a Residential Car Parking Permit on key collection. Please can these be clearly displayed on your vehicle with your car registration marked on it. You may park your car at the car park near to your accommodation and never move it again until you leave or you may move your car around campus parking it in any of the campus car parks.
Day Delegates must purchase a car parking ticket from the machines located near to the car parks on campus. The charges during weekdays are:
1 hour 0.60 GBP
2 hours 1.00 GBP
4 hours 2.00 GBP
Over 4 hours 3.00 GBP
There are no parking charges at weekends.
Delegates Travelling by Air
It is best to fly to one of the London airports. There are train/bus services between the airports and London Paddington or Reading train station (please see information given below). The train journey from London Paddington to Exeter St David's station takes about 2½ hours, from Reading 2 hours. There are also flights to Bristol from certain European cities and New York.
Direct flights operate into Exeter International Airport from across the UK and Europe. Exeter Airport is situated six miles from the city centre and transport from the airport to the University Campus may be either by bus or by a short taxi journey. Further information is available from www.exeter-airport.co.uk
Delegates Travelling by Train
Links from airports to railway stations
London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports are more conveniently located for your onward travel to Exeter than London Stansted, London Luton or London City airports.
From London Heathrow airport there is the Heathrow Express which runs every 15 minutes and takes you to London Paddington station in 15 minutes.
Alternatively there is the "Railair link", a bus service from London Heathrow to Reading station every 30 minutes which takes approximately 45 minutes. This runs direct from all four terminals and tickets for the whole journey through to Exeter can be bought on the bus.
From London Gatwick airport there is a train connection to London Paddington or Reading.
From London Stansted airport, there is the Stansted Express which runs every 15 minutes and takes you to London Liverpool station in 45 minutes where you can get the underground or a taxi to London Paddington station.
From London Paddington or Reading railway stations to Exeter
Trains run regularly from London and Reading directly to Exeter St David's Station (the railway station closest to the University campus), about once an hour. The train journey takes about two and a half hours from London Paddington and two hours from Reading. The University main campus is a 5-10 minute taxi ride from Exeter St David's station.
Timetables and fares for all journeys including the airport links are available on the internet at www.nationalrail.co.uk
Please note that in the UK it is always advisable to buy return tickets as they are about the same price as single tickets.
Once at St. David's you may wish to take a taxi from the rank outside the station, this should cost you no more than 4.00 GBP.
If you would like to walk from the station to the campus there is a quick and direct route although it is quite steep.
Come out of the station and walk to the main road, cross at the pelican crossing and turn left and immediately right along a narrow path (Clements Lane) sign posted as the pedestrian route to the city centre. At the top of the hill, cross the road and walk up Howell Road, turn left onto New North Road, and finally turn right onto the Streatham Drive and the University Campus.
Delegates Travelling by Bus
Coach services from Heathrow Airport to Exeter
There is a direct bus service operated by the National Express from Heathrow Airport central bus station to Exeter bus station. The journey takes about three and a half hours, tickets have to be bought from the ticket office at Heathrow Airport central bus station (not available on the coach) or via the internet, advisable for delegates who have to get an early morning flight. Times and fares are available on the internet at www.nationalexpress.com
The main bus station is on the City Centre on Paris Street, about 1 mile from the Streatham Campus, approximately a 5-10 minute taxi ride. A local bus service is run by Stagecoach. The 'D' bus service runs from the city centre to St Luke's and the Streatham Campus every 30 minutes during the day, Monday - Saturday. Further information is available from www.stagecoachbus.com
This section applies to conference speakers and all those who have booked their accommodation through the University of Exeter.
On the day of your arrival (Friday, March 30, 2007) you may check in for your accommodation from 3pm onwards. The Holland Hall reception office will be open until 11.00pm on all nights of your conference (March 30,31st, April 1)
After this time the Campus security team will hold the keys.
If you arrive after 11.00pm please make your way to Campus Security, located at Northcote House and contactable (+44 (1392) 263999). If you travel by taxi, keep your taxi. Once you have received your keys please go to your accommodation block, see map for location.
Advance notification of arrivals after 11.00pm must be made to the Exeter Conference Office, during office hours, on +44 (1392) 215566.
Please contact Exeter University Campus Security Team for collection of accommodation keys after 23.00, Northcote House : +44 (1392) 263999
All of the bedrooms are well equipped and accommodation comprises:
- A welcome tray and complimentary toiletry pack
- Full linen, including towels which are room serviced daily
- Direct dial telephones (telephone cards may be purchased in reception areas)
- Dial up Internet access (Either via a phone or card or credit card. Instructions on how to do this are in each bedroom)
- If you have an En-Suite bedroom booked then you have your own private bathroom, if you have an Economy or Enhanced bedroom booked you share bathroom facilities.
- All areas have access to Laundry Facilities
For your information, there are some general notes for residential guests displayed in your room. If you require any further assistance during your stay please ask at the reception desk for the Duty manager, who will be delighted to help you.
In the event of an emergency please dial +44 (1392) 263999 to be in contact with the 24hr security team.