GIG-ARTS 2018 will be held in Wales's capital city, Cardiff, at the Centre for Internet and Global Politics, hosted at the Cardiff University's School of Law and Politics.
The Centre's address is: 21 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3DQ, United Kingdom (see map).
Cardiff is easy to reach from anywhere in Europe, the UK or further abroad.
Cardiff Airport is situated 11 miles from the city centre. There are regular scheduled flights from Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva, Dusseldorf, Munich, Milan, Rome and other European destinations. You can travel to/from the airport by a shuttle bus (8 GBP) that takes you to Cardiff Bay or Cardiff Central station. A Taxi ride usually takes 20 minutes (25 GBP).
Bristol Airport serves a broad range of low coast carriers to a wide range of European destinations (such as Brussels, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, or Budapest). It is connected to Cardiff city centre by a direct bus journey of an hour and a half. (see schedules).
London airports provide further connections. From London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports, there are frequent, direct coach services to Cardiff Central Station (see schedules). Alternatively, you can take Heathrow and Gatwick Express and then continue via rail. A direct train service of 2 and 15 minutes from London’s Paddington station is a further connection (early booking is recommended).
The conference venue is easily reached from Cardiff Central Station, which has direct rail links to many cities in the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol and Southampton.
Cardiff is also easily accessible via the M4 motorway, which runs through the north of the city, providing a direct route between Cardiff, Heathrow Airport and London, and other parts of the UK.
Cardiff offers a large number of accommodation options in the city centre. These are in close vicinity (walking distance) to the conference venue. This includes hostels, bed and breakfasts, mid-range and high-end hotels. Also a wide variety of AirBnB options are available, however Cardiff accommodation options are all reasonably priced. Below is a selection of recommended hotels.
10 minutes walk distance from the conference venue
- Park Plaza (about 85 GBP per night)
- Hilton (about 150 GBP per night)
- Travelodge (about 50 GBP per night)
- The Jury’s Inn (about 85 GBP per night)
Exploring Cardiff, Capital of Wales
Cardiff University, including the conference venue, is located in the heart of the Welsh Capital which offers a range of unique attractions and top class entertainment – all within walking distance. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings and Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone. The compact city centre, a short walk from Cardiff University’s campus, combines the traditional and modern to provide one of the finest regional shopping centres in Britain. A spacious, pedestrian area features a mixture of major department stores and individual shops, a network of glass canopied Victorian and Edwardian arcades, indoor and outdoor markets and several large, contemporary complexes. The City has a thriving nightlife, including a vast range of lively pubs, wine bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
The city supports a rich and diverse cultural life drawing on its musical and literary heritage in Welsh and English. Cardiff Bay has been turned into a vast freshwater lake with the introduction of a barrage. Europe's Largest Waterfront Development has reunited the city with its waterfront and is home to a number of attractions such as the Techniquest Science Discovery Centre (ideal for all the family), Craft in the Bay, The Welsh Assembly at the Pierhead, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Goleulong 2000 Lightship, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the Wales Millennium Centre. The city is within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Glamorganshire Heritage coastline and a plethora of historic tourist attractions, which are scattered throughout South Wales.
Additional information are available from the university webpage for visitors.