Located at the heart of Manchester's cultural corridor, just off its spine, Oxford Road, the RNCM and the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama at The University of Manchester are situated one mile south of Manchester city centre.

Public transport links to and from the University and College are exceptionally good, and we encourage visitors to travel sustainably whenever possible.

Full details of buses, trains and trams can be found at the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

An interactive map, and downloadable maps of the University campus (also showing the location of the RNCM) and city are available from the University's travel pages.

The Martin Harris Centre is building 42 on the campus map, while the RNCM can be found between buildings 26 and 29.

International travel

Manchester International Airport is located 10 miles south of the city centre, and operates flights to and from a huge range of national and international destinations.

For full details of their routes, see the Manchester Airport website. There are regular train, tram, bus and taxi connections into the city from the airport.

National travel


The nearest train station to the RNCM and University is Manchester Oxford Road, located approximately half a mile north of the College and University.

Some national train services stop here directly, but the city's principal rail interchange is Manchester Piccadilly, which is located approximately a mile from the RNCM and Martin Harris Centre.

Travel to the conference venues from Manchester Piccadilly station:

  • On foot: this equates to a 20 to 25-minute walk.
  • By bus: the Oxford Road link bus (service 147) runs between 07:15 and 18:45 during the week, at ten-minute intervals; it can be caught from the Fairfield Street entrance to Piccadilly Station.
  • By taxi: a taxi from the taxi rank at Piccadilly Station to the RNCM or Martin Harris Centre will cost you about £5.

Travel to the conference venues from Manchester Oxford Road station:

  • On foot: turn right out of the station and walk straight up Oxford Road: the RNCM and Martin Harris Centre can be reached within 15 minutes.
  • By bus: multiple routes serve the Oxford Road corridor, and can be caught from outside the Palace Hotel opposite the station.

For details of train timetables, tickets and other rail information, contact National Rail Enquiries.


Bus services to the University and RNCM from Manchester City Centre leave from Piccadilly Gardens and are extremely frequent.

The nearest stop to the Martin Harris Centre at the University is Manchester Museum; for the RNCM, the nearest stop on Oxford Road is Manchester Aquatics Centre, and on Booth Street West outside the main entrance to the College.

Further details of the bus routes serving the University from the city are listed on the University's travel pages.


The tram service runs to the north of Oxford Road rail station so the nearest tram stop for the conference is St Peter's Square, outside the public library and just over a mile from the RNCM and The University of Manchester.

From here we would recommend you take an Oxford Road bus or a taxi to the conference venues.

Car travel and parking

If you are travelling to the conference by car, we recommend that you allow plenty of time to cross the city centre. Note also that changes have recently been made to traffic regulations on Oxford Road, meaning that private vehicles are not permitted to use parts of the road between 06:00 and 21:00.

Indicative travel directions for those travelling to the conference via the M6, M56, M62 and M60 are given on the University's travel pages.

The nearest public car park to the conference venues is The University of Manchester Car Park D on Booth Street West; for satnav, the postcode is M15 6AR.

Blue-badge parking is available in this car park: when arriving at the barrier, please retain your ticket and visit the parking lodge before exiting, where staff will validate your ticket.

Charging for electric vehicles is also available here. For full details, see the University's information on charging electric vehicles.

BBC events

Delegates who have booked to attend the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsal and tour of the studios at MediaCity, Salford will need to make their own way to Salford Quays from the conference venues.

We recommend that you travel by no. 53 bus direct to Salford Quays, a journey of just over 20 minutes, travelling on the 10.52 service from Stop B, Booth Street West (RNCM). Directions and easy links to bus and tram services can be found on the MediaCity travel website and the bus table can be downloaded from here.