The Britannia Hotel -
BRITANNIA HOTEL COVENTRY
Fairfax Street, Coventry CV1 5RP
The Britannia is in the centre of Coventry, near to the Cathedral. It can be easily reached by car - see below for information about parking for the convention.
The hotel is a short taxi ride, or 20-minute walk, from the railway station, and very close to the bus station. Birmingham International airport is a 20-30 minute rail journey.
Situated in the city centre, the hotel is a short walk from banks, a wide range of shops including a Co-op supermarket, and various restaurants, pubs and cafés in different price ranges. A small branch of Forbidden Planet is five minutes' walk away. The city centre is largely pedestrianised. It can get a bit boisterous and crowded on a Saturday night.
Be aware that there are other hotels in Coventry that are also part of the Britannia chain (the Coventry Hill and the Royal Court hotels), so don't get confused if you're looking up directions! It's also worth making clear to taxi drivers that you mean the Britannia hotel on Fairfax St.
Driving to the Britannia
Coventry is in the centre of England, about twenty miles east of Birmingham. It is close to the M1, M6, M40 and M42. Driving times are approximately one-and-a-half hours from London or Manchester, subject to traffic conditions.
The Britannia is easily reached from the Coventry ring road. For detailed directions, please see the separate page on driving and parking.
Travelling by rail
Coventry is just over an hour from London by rail, and the service is very regular (about twice an hour at normal times).
Coventry train station is on the other side of the city centre from the Britannia. It is a fairly long walk, particularly with luggage, and it is probably worth budgeting an extra £5 or so for a taxi to the hotel from the station. As you leave the station there are plenty of taxis in the forecourt. (Remember to ask for the Britannia hotel on Fairfax Street). Alternatively, you can get one of the buses from the train station to Pool Meadow bus station. Buses 8, 8A, 9 and 9A combine to provide a service roughly every 15 minutes Monday-Saturday during the day, and every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.
Travelling by air
Birmingham International Airport is on the same rail line as Coventry, and only one stop away (approx. 15mins' journey). From the passenger terminals, take the Air-Rail link monorail (free, 90-second journey every two minutes) to Birmingham International Rail Station, then take a train to Coventry (10mins, less than £5). Alternatively, from Stand K at the airport, take the 900 bus to Coventry Pool Meadow Station (45mins, £1.70 - note that many of the local bus services do not give change). The airport's web site has detailed bus information.
Nottingham East Midlands Airport has no rail links, though Skylink buses run from the airport to Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, with a single ticket costing about £5.
Travelling by bus or coach
The simplest way to get to the Britannia is by bus or coach. You can travel by coach to Coventry from most parts of the country (though travel times can be longer than other methods), and the Britannia is very close to Coventry Bus Station (Pool Meadow Station). Turn right as you exit from the Bus Station and you will see the Britannia on the other side of the road.