The King’s Centre is located on the banks of the Thames, a 15 minute walk from the station and city centre. In its previous life it was the Oxford Instruments factory – 30 years ago the first ever MRI scanner was constructed in its main hall.
Nowadays it’s Oxford’s largest city centre conference venue. We chose it for jQuery UK because it’s got loads of space, serves good food and is 100% accessible.
Please note: The workshops take place the day before the conference, at a different venue to the conference.
The Saïd Business School is a modern, innovative venue located next to the railway station in central Oxford.
In addition to being one of the UK’s notable web technology hubs, Oxford is a historic and beautiful city, home to famous colleges, gargoyles, dozens of restaurants and the Ashmolean museum. The conference is on a Friday and, if you aren’t local, Oxford is well worth a weekend stay.
The King’s Centre is a 15 minute walk from Oxford rail station. Direct trains from London take approximately one hour and leave Paddington every 30 minutes.
Oxford is also well served from main travel hubs around the country:
Oxford’s Park & Ride is the easiest way to get into Oxford city centre by car – believe us!
With five car parks located around Oxford’s ring road and fast and frequent bus services until late evening, it is the only sensible way to travel into the city centre. The nearest is the Seacourt, just off the A34 Botley Interchange. You will need to get off at the Osney Island bus stop on Botley Road, from where The King’s Centre is just a 5-10 minute walk along the Thames towpath. Our friendly staff in blue t-shirts will be on hand to guide people!
Please note there is no parking space available at the venue. While there is parking in the city centre, it’s very expensive and Oxford’s one way system makes it a challenge for newcomers.
The Oxford Tube coach service runs to and from London every 15 minutes during the day (2 hours), complete with free Wi-Fi and power points.
All the major bus companies, including National Express, Megabus and Stagecoach, operate from Oxford Bus Station which is a 15 minute walk from the venue.
The King’s Centre provides undercover and secure bicycle racks. If you cycle round Oxford or would like to bring your bike on the train, The King’s Centre is next to the Thames towpath, which is suitable for bicycles. Transport Paradise has a detailed map of Oxford’s dual cycle network.
Regular coach services connect Oxford with Heathrow (1 hour), Gatwick (2 hours) and Luton (2 hours) airports. They terminate at Gloucester Green coach station in Oxford City Centre, a 15–20 minute walk from The King’s Centre.
There is a range of accommodation in Oxford to suit all budgets. Here is a small selection. Check these and others out on TripAdvisor before you make your choice.