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50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

50 George Square

The University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JU

Home of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, 50 George Square was renovated in 2014 to the highest standards. In the very heart of The University of Edinburgh main campus (A.K.A. “George Square campus”), the building is within close walking distance to many cafes, restaurants and hotels. The majority of the conference programme will be held in this building.



National Library of Scotland

George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW

Opened in 1956, the National Library of Scotland is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and less than 2 mins walk from The Royal Mile. Travelling from 50 George Square to the National Library will take approx. 10-15 mins on foot, but taxis may also be used. This venue will host the conference keynote presentation and wine reception.

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University Accommodation


Kenneth Mackenzie Hotel

Richmond Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9ST, United Kingdom

Formerly University of Edinburgh halls of residence, Kenneth Mackenzie Hotel offers low-cost rooms in the centre of Edinburgh, less than 5 minute’s walk to the University’s main campus.

Booking & Information: www.kennethmackenzieedinburghhotel.com

About Edinburgh

Inspiring Princes St. Gardens

Scotland’s inspiring capital city is a fusion of fabled streets and historic buildings, contained within a vibrant modern city. Quite simply, it is a brilliant destination in which to hold an international conference.

Voted the best city in the UK by a survey of 10,000 people (2009), it’s stunningly beautiful and also compact, with a wonderful atmosphere and very friendly people.

It’s the perfect fusion of old and new. To enjoy the historic wonders of the Old Town, visitors can trail from the iconic Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile all the way down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, and the new
Scottish Parliament.

Across the green expanse of Princes Street Gardens lies the elegant Georgian New Town, with its stunning architecture, leafy gardens, stylish boutiques and fantastic restaurants.

In the midst of these gracious surroundings, Edinburgh is alive with inspiration and innovation.

By air

Edinburgh International Airport is only 12 kilometres (8 miles) from the city centre and has very good connections to the city via taxi, express coach and shuttle bus. Over 100 destinations are served by more than 40 airlines including New York, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris, Prague, Madrid, Munich, Stockholm & Oslo.

There are over 324 flights from London airports every week, and numerous flights to other major cities in the UK including Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol.

See www.edinburghairport.com for full details.

By rail

Edinburgh is linked to all the major cities and airports in Britain. The high-speed link to London gets you from the heart of one city to the other in just over four hours, while the Eurostar service connects Paris to Edinburgh in around eight hours.

See www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information.

By road

Motorways and a network of quiet trunk roads ensure Edinburgh is easily – and pleasantly – accessible by road.

The recently-refurbished coach station at St Andrew Square in the heart of the city offers connections to all major cities in Britain.

See www.nationalexpress.com for more information.

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