The Palace Hotel
For 2015, QED is returning to the Palace Hotel in Central Manchester. This beautiful historic building is conveniently placed for public transport, and boasts spacious conference rooms and labrynthine corridors packed with hidden nooks and crannies.
If you’re staying at the hotel, we have reserved a number of rooms for QED attendees at the Palace Hotel at a discounted rate; these rooms are immune from the usual time-sensitive fluctuations of hotel pricing, so be sure to take advantage of the agreement by quoting the discount code QEDcon2015 when making your reservation. That said, cheaper rooms may sometimes be available online, so it is worth checking just in case. You can find more details below, together with other accommodation options.
Manchester enjoys excellent transport links: the North West has the highest density of motorways in the UK, and the city is ringed by the only truly orbital motorway. The beneficent government provides a useful transport direct journey planner, which can provide train and bus alternatives. For sat nav purposes you need to go to:Palace Hotel Manchester
Should you find yourself in the Manchester area, you can route-plan with the traveline journey planner. A bus ride from the south of the city may carry you along what is often claimed to be Europe’s busiest bus route. There is room for skepticism over this claim.
The hotel is on Oxford Street, facing the entrance to Oxford Road Railway Station. There are also bus stops right outside and the tram is five minutes walk away (the nearest stop is St Peter’s Square).
We aim to keep the cost of attending QED as low as possible, but we understand that getting to the conference and finding accommodation can push the price up. With this in mind, we have a range of suggested accommodation options, to suit a range of budgets:
Palace Hotel (QED Venue)
We have agreed a discounted rate for QED attendees of £102 for a single-occupancy room, or £112 for a double room (breakfast included in both). To take advantage of our rate, quote QEDcon2015 when booking your room.
Note: Our agreed room allocation deal with the hotel expires on January 31st, after which our QED rate can no longer be guaranteed.
While our discounted rate represents a saving on the list price of the rooms, you may be able to find even greater discounts via third party booking services, such as Bookings.com and Hotels.com. We advise you to shop around for the best available price.
Ibis Manchester - Princess Street (~4 minute walk)
Ibis Manchester - Portland Street (~6 minute walk)
Days Inn Manchester (~7 minute walk)
Other Accommodation Options
Aside from the places listed above, there are many reasonable accommodation options in Manchester. QED veterans will have fond memories of the ever popular Hatters Hostel on Newton Street, which is often overrun with QED attendees. Other hostels, hotels, and even apartments could prove cost effective if shared with a group. Laterooms.com is handy, as is Hostelbookers.com.
The Palace encourages you to leave your car at home, largely as there is no parking on-site. If you book your accommodation at the Palace Hotel they do have a special 24 hour rate with Euro Car Park. However, potentially cheaper may be the Total on Store Street (by Piccadilly Station). The hotel is directly opposite major rail route Oxford Road Station (download direct train routes into Oxford Road Station) station - just a short journey from Manchester International Airport.
The hotel stands directly opposite the Palace Theatre and is a few minutes from the Opera House and Bridgewater Hall, home of the famous Halle Orchestra. With its excellent transport links, it is also an ideal base for touring Greater Manchester and the surrounding countryside.
Manchester Airport is less than ten miles away, and regular trains will whisk you to Oxford Road station. Liverpool “John Lennon” Airport is only thirty miles away, about forty-five minutes transit time. These two airports are well served by budget airlines such as Easyjet, Flybe and bmibaby. Kayak can be useful for booking cheap flights.
While the hotel will provide reasonably priced sandwiches and tea/coffee throughout each day, immediately opposite the hotel is a Sainsburys Local for a wider selection of cheap food. Plus, there are many convenient and delicious food options just a few steps away.
New York Deli just up Oxford Road sells delicious fare at an average of £2.40 per sandwich.
The venue hotel is right opposite The Cornerhouse, where you could bury yourself in culture for hours, possibly days. From their website “Cornerhouse is Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual arts and independent film.”
You might want to take a walking tour, such as those given by New Manchester Walks. You could explore the museums, the Museum of Science and Industry the site of the world’s first railway station, or The Manchester Museum, or many others. Or investigate the numerous space invaders parasitising buildings and structures all over the city, or locate the statue of Alan Turing, or maybe the monument to Vimto.
If your time is quite literally no concern, it is theoretically possible (but as yet unproven)
to travel to the conference by canal. We’d welcome tales of a QED first, should any
stupid brave QED attendee find their sea legs. Routes on British waterways can be planned on this Canal Plan AC journey planner.
The closest canal is Oxford Street Bridge on the Rochdale Canal.
Although the journey may take days or weeks, if you travel by narrowboat you will at least have
accommodation in a city centre location.
Last year a group of students from Liverpool University tried to take the canal route, but were unable to secure the use of a boat. Do you think you can do better?