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30th European Frequency and Time Forum


University lake


EFTF 2016 will be held on the lakeside campus at the University of York, UK.

Venue address: The Exhibition Centre, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD

Accommodation is available within 200 metres of the presentations and exhibitions, and the historic city of York is just 10 minutes away by bus. The social programme will include a welcome reception and a conference dinner.

York is situated in Northern England, about 300 km from London to the South and 300 km from Edinburgh to the North. It is well served by transport links so it is easy to plan your travel.

Registration desk

At the University of York, you can collect your conference bag and programme booklet from the EFTF registration desk:

Sunday 3rd April 17:00 - 19:00 James College Reception
Monday 4th - Thursday 7th April 08:00 - 18:00 Exhibition Centre


On campus

Vanbrugh single ensuite bedroom

Rooms are available in three colleges on the University campus:

James college

If you book campus accommodation, you will be informed which college you are in before arrival. Guests will need to go to the college receptions to obtain their room allocation and room key. The 'University Library' bus stop is the best for all three colleges, and is marked on the Google map. If arrival is by taxi, the driver should know where the college receptions are located.

York city centre

A range of accommodation is also available in York city centre.

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Lunch will be held each day in the Galleria restaurant, Roger Kirk Centre. The cost is included in the conference/tutorial fee and your conference badge will act as your ticket for lunch.

Eating out in York

There are two pubs which serve food in Heslington village: 'The Charles' is popular with the students, offering a range of value meal and drink deals; 'The Deramore Arms' is more popular with mature students and academic staff, offering a good range of real ales and home cooked food.

For those guests who wish to venture into York, there is a wide range of establishments to choose from. Particular streets containing restaurants are: Walmgate, Fossgate, Goodramgate, Rougier Street, Micklegate and Lendal; but there are also many others. Many of the pubs serve food and most of the hotels also have their own restaurants. There are relatively few places to eat on the main shopping streets of Coney Street, Davygate and Parliament Street.

Breakfast for those staying in campus accommodation

On most days breakfast will be served in the Galleria restaurant, Roger Kirk Centre, which is marked on the campus map. Guests will be informed of any changes to the breakfast location when they collect their room keys.

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City of York

York railway station - catch buses from here to the university campus (route shown in blue)
University campus - for conference, accommodation and food
Hotels - blue pins show conference hotels, pink pins show other hotel options
National Railway Museum - for conference dinner

University campus - Heslington West

Exhibition Centre - for EFTF conference, tutorials, exhibition and satellite workshop
James, Vanbrugh and Alcuin Colleges - for accommodation
Galleria restaurant, Roger Kirk Centre - for lunch each day

Exhibition Centre

- floor plan

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By air

York has excellent transport connections to several international airports:

  • Manchester Airport - Direct trains from the airport run every 30 minutes and take approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to York station.
  • Leeds Bradford Airport - Current one-way taxi fare is around 60.
  • London Heathrow - 1 hour on Underground to London King's Cross, then train from King's Cross to York station in 2 hours.
  • Newcastle Airport - Metro to Newcastle Central railway station, then train from Newcastle to York Station in 1 hour.

By train

This journey planner gives train times and fares. It is recommended that you book your tickets in advance to reduce the cost.

Getting from York Railway Station to the University Campus

By bus

  • Take the number 44 Transdev bus or the number 66 FirstYork bus from the front of the railway station to the university campus. These will be directly in front of you as you exit the station - do not cross the main road.
  • A single ticket costs 1.50 on both the 44 and the 66. Tickets are purchased directly from the driver.
  • Try to provide the exact amount in change - it is not advisable to pay using a large note.
  • Journey times are approximately 15-20 minutes (depending on traffic).
  • The name of the bus stop nearest the Exhibition Centre is 'University library', which is easy to spot because there's a bridge above the road there.

By taxi

  • Take a licensed taxi from outside the front of the railway station to the campus.
  • A taxi will cost approximately 10.

By car

For satnav users, the main university postcode is YO10 5DD.

Driving is not recommended as parking spaces are in short supply on the university campus, and charges apply (6 per day, coins only).

For pay and display car parking near the Exhibition Centre, enter the campus from the south, via Newton Way.

UK map

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Check if you need a visa to visit the UK, or start the application process
Please begin your visa application in good time and note that the conference committee is unable to contact any embassies on your behalf.

If you need an invitation letter to attend the conference, please email the local organising committee at eftf2016@york.ac.uk, including 'VISA' in your email subject header. Please provide your full name and address, your paper title and number, and any other details that your country of residence may require. You must be registered for the conference before requesting an invitation letter.

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Visit York

The walled city of York, with its cobbled streets and rich historic past, has many visitor attractions. For a comprehensive list of things to see and do, please visit the official tourism website

To give you a flavour of the variety of attractions available:

York Minster

York Minster
This medieval gothic cathedral is one of the most magnificent in the world, and is particularly renowned for its stained glass windows.

Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Museum
Housing some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe, the Yorkshire Museum presents the whole story of York from prehistory to the city's medieval splendour.

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum
See hundreds of years of York's history in one place, from 18th century prison cells to recreated Victorian streets, all the way to the Space Age and the swinging Sixties. A new exhibition, '1914: When the World Changed Forever', brings the First World War to life.

Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre
A thousand years ago, the Vikings invaded medieval York and set up Jorvik to be the capital of a strong Viking kingdom. Travel back in time through reconstructed streets to experience the sights and sounds (and smells!) from the past.
Currently closed due to recent flooding.

National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum
Home to a vast collection, including Mallard - the world's fastest steam locomotive; a reconstruction of Stephenson's 'Rocket' and the largest collection of Royal Carriages in the world.

Cold War Bunker

Cold War Bunker
In service between 1961 and 1991, the Bunker's control rooms display original communications and monitoring equipment for detecting nuclear explosion and fallout. Open 10 am - 4 pm, weekends only.

Holgate Windmill

Holgate Windmill
A fully-restored and working 18th century corn mill with four floors for visitors to explore. Open 11 am - 4 pm, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April 2016, but not weekdays.

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Beyond York

For those with more time, the historic city of York provides an excellent base for journeys through Yorkshire's stunning scenery, to discover the beauty of England's largest county. More information can be found on the Visit York and Yorkshire tourism websites.

The many highlights include:

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
This breathtaking World Heritage Site includes the atmospheric ruins of the most complete Cistercian abbey in the country, an elegant Georgian water garden and a medieval deer park.
Fountains Abbey website

Castle Howard

Castle Howard
One of Britain's finest historic houses, situated just outside York in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Castle Howard has remained the home of the Howard family for over 300 years. Explore almost 1,000 acres of gardens, woods and Grade 1 listed parkland.
Castle Howard website

Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum
Located just to the east of York on the site of a former RAF airfield, the award-winning Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial provides many fascinating displays such as the superb Bomber Command exhibition, restored Control Tower, Airborne Forces display and Pioneers of Aviation exhibition. The aircraft on view range from Cayley's glider to the Halifax bomber, and modern jets including the Harrier, Tornado and Victor. Yorkshire Air Museum website

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Climb aboard a steam or heritage diesel train in the historic market town of Pickering, and ride along 18 miles of railway through the majestic scenery of the North York Moors. Most trains continue to the attractive seaside town of Whitby, with dramatic clifftop abbey ruins and Captain Cook museum.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway website

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All images are courtesy of www.visityork.org