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Progressive Palaeontology 2023 - Liverpool, UK: Travel & Accommodation

Year: 2023
Location: Liverpool, UK
Hosted By: University of Liverpool
Organised By: Samuel Cross (co-chair), Matthew Dempsey (co-chair), Amber Wood-Bailey (co-chair)
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Travel & Accommodation

Located in North West England, the city of Liverpool sits at the mouth of the River Mersey and is globally recognised for its historical significance and contemporary charm. Formerly a major world port, the Royal Albert Dock comprises the largest collection of grade 1 listed buildings in the UK, while the towering Liver Building – who’s Liver birds are said to protect the city – inspired our logo. Modern Liverpool is renowned for its musical and sporting heritage, and the cavern club, the birthplace of the Beatles, is a short walk from the conference venues. 

Getting to Liverpool

Rail: Liverpool Lime Street Station provides nationwide rail connections, with regular services running direct to Manchester, London and Birmingham. The station is located in the city centre, near the University and a range of accommodation options, and is likely the most efficient option for the majority of delegates. Consult The Trainline and National Rail for route advice and ticket prices. 

Please note that ‘Liverpool Central’ station serves the local commuter rail (Merseyrail), and delegates arriving from outside the Northwest may expect higher ticket prices and more changes if using this station. 

Coach: Liverpool One bus station is located in the city centre and has connections nationwide. See National Express and Megabus for more information and ticket prices.

Air: Liverpool John Lennon Airport has daily flights to numerous cities across Europe, including connections to major changeover hubs such as Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt. The airport is located 8 miles outside the city, and has a regular bus service direct to the city centre.

Car: For delegates wishing to travel by car, Liverpool is located in Northwest England and distances to select major cities are provided below. Please note that parking within the city centre is limited and may be expensive, and we are unable to organise on site parking at the University.
Manchester: 35 miles (via M62)
London: 99 miles (via M6)
Birmingham: 213 miles (via M1)
Bristol: 180 miles (via M5)
Edinburgh: 224 miles (via A702 & A74)

Getting to the University

The University is located east of the city centre and is a short walk from the stations (alternatively, taxis are readily available from both Lime Street and Liverpool One stations). 

Liverpool Lime Street Station (15-20 minutes): Exit station, turn left down Lime St. and continue until you pass the Adelphi Hotel. Take the immediate left up Brownlow Hill and continue walking until you come upon the University Place.

Liverpool One Bus Station (20-25 minutes): Exit station and walk right up Hannover St., continuing onto Ranelagh St. This will bring you to a T-junction facing onto the Adelphi Hotel, at which point cross over and walk up Brownlow Hill (on the right of the hotel), which will take you to the University. 


We recommend staying in Liverpool City Centre, close to the University, transport hubs, and a variety of restaurants, pubs and nightlife. There are numerous smaller hotels and bed & breakfasts in this area, and some delegates may also wish to consider Airbnb Below we provide a list of major hotel chains with distances to the University and nearest major station.

Travelodge Liverpool Central, 25 Old Haymarket, L1 6ER. £40 per night. University, 0.8 miles; Lime St. Station, 0.3 miles.
Ibis Liverpool Central Albert Dock, 27 Wapping, L1 8LY. £44 per night. University, 1.1 miles; Liverpool One station, 0.2 miles. 
Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village, 3 Paddington Village, Grove St., L7 3FA. £80 per night. University, 0.2 miles; Lime St. Station, 0.8 miles.
Premier Inn Liverpool City Centre, 4 Bolton St., L3 5LX. £71 per night. University, 0.5 miles; Lime St. Station, <0.1 miles.


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