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Travel and accommodation

Jennie Lee Building - OU Campus

The Computing department at the Open University is located on the main campus in Milton Keynes, at the following address:

    The Computing Department
    The Open University
    Walton Hall
    Milton Keynes
    MK7 6AA
    United Kingdom
The department occupies the bottom and top floor of the new Jennie Lee Building. The workshop events will all take place on the ground floor of the building.


The following maps may be useful in finding your way around Milton Keynes and the campus.

Map of Milton Keynes surroundings
Map of OU main campus.

Your overnight accommodation

For those of you who require overnight accommodation we have booked a place for you at Accenture hotel which is located at just 5 minutes' walk from the Open University.

    Accenture Hotel and Conferencing
    Kents Hill Park
    Training And Conference Centre
    Timbold Drive
    Milton Keynes
    MK7 6TT
    Tel: +44(0)1908 358000
    Fax: +44(0)1908 358621
    URL: http://www.accenturehotelandconferencing.com/
    Email: swallowreception.hrservices@accenture.com

Airport links to the Open University

From Luton airport
    LUTON is the closest airport to Milton Keynes and although it does have a regular coach service to Milton Keynes it is quicker to get a taxi, but this will cost approximately 35.

    For bus details, link here to National Express web site where you can pre-book a bus from Luton Airport to Central Milton Keynes, at approximately 7 for a one-way ticket.

    Alternatively take the bright red Virgin bus (VT99) which runs hourly from Luton airport to Central Milton Keynes (this bus leaves at 5 minutes past the hour and fare is 4, but we recommend you check the details here [bus schedule] before your journey, for any changes). The journey time is just under an hour - ( this service does not operate through the night).

Taxi from Luton to Milton Keynes
    Fare is around 35. You can pre-book a taxi with Carlton Car Service
    telephone +44 (0)1908 307030.
From Birmingham International airport
    Birmingham Airport is directly on the main train line to Milton Keynes.

    Birmingham International railway station is directly linked to the airport passenger Terminals by SkyRail. The SkyRail is free, operates about every 2 minutes when the rail station is open and the journey takes less than 2 minutes, you can then pick up a train connection to Milton Keynes Central, at approximately 24 for a one-way standard ticket.

    For coach details, link here to National Express web site where you can pre-book a coach from Birmingham International Airport to Milton Keynes Coachway, at approximately 12 for a one-way ticket.

Car / Taxi from Birmingham to Milton Keynes
    By car / taxi - most of the time it is quicker to avoid the M6 and use A45, M45 then M1.
    Fare is around 65. You can pre-book a taxi with Carlton Car Service
    telephone +44 (0)1908 307030.

Travelling from Heathrow airport
    [click here for a basic map]

    Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington
    Journey time: 15 minutes
    Fare: 14 one way, 26 return

    From Paddington take the Underground [Hammersmith and Circle line] to Euston Square.
    Journey time: 10 minutes
    Fare: 2.00

    You will then need to take a short walk along Euston road till you reach London Euston Railway Station. From London Euston you can catch either a Virgin or Silverlink train to Milton Keynes Central.
    Journey Time: 30 - 50 minutes
Travelling from Gatwick airport
    The Gatwick Express train travels to Milton Keynes ( 1 hour and 40 minutes) The Open University can then be reached by taxi.

    Discover times and cost of rail journeys at http://www.rail.co.uk.

    Direct bus services from Heathrow, Gatwick to Milton Keynes Coach Station - details at this web site: http://www.nationalexpress.com/neh.cfm
From Standsted


Taxi from Milton Keynes railway station
    From Milton Keynes Central Train Station to the Open University : fare approx. 7.00, journey time about 10 mins.


Arrival at Workshop

If arriving by taxi at the workshop please ask to be dropped off at the 'Walton Hall entrance' - Walton Hall being the old white building on the campus. The Jennie Lee Building is right next to this (see photo above).

In order to be able to enter the building you will need to dial extension 58620 using the phone near the door. This will get you through to the secretaries who will come and open up for you.

If you have any problems during your journey and wish to contact us then please call the secretaries on 01908 658620 so that we can be of assistance.