Getting to the conference venue 

By Air
London airports are the closest and most convenient for Canterbury. Rail and road links from central London take between 60-90 minutes.
By Train
There are direct rail links between Canterbury and many of the UK’s major cities and airports. For train times, visit National Rail.
By Bus
Buses run regularly (four times each hour) to and from the city centre (see this map). The Canterbury Triangle service, Uni 1 and Uni 2 buses stop at Keynes College on the University of Kent campus.
Visit the Stagecoach website to plan your journey.
By Foot
You can walk from Canterbury West train station to the University campus in about 25-30 minutes. Turn left out of the station and walk to the end of the road. Just after the Goods Shed market on your left, follow the footpath on the left and cross the subway under the railway line. Blue signs indicate the way to the University from this point onwards.

For more information on travel and maps for the University of Kent Canterbury campus – including road, rail, air, bus and walking directions: GETTING HERE

Places to Stay

You can either stay on campus in an en-suite room reserved for conference attendees or choose one of the number of options for places to stay in the city centre.

En-suite single bed and breakfast campus accommodation is available to book during the registration process. Rooms are £49.35 per night, and are available to book from Wednesday 21st June to Sunday 25th June. There is limited availability so early registration and booking is advised. For payment, registration or accommodation queries please contact

The following hotels and B&Bs are within walking distance from the conference venue:

  • House of Agnes (71 St. Dunstans St, Canterbury CT2 8BN)
  • The Falstaff Hotel (8-10 St. Dunstans St, Canterbury CT2 8AF)
  • York Lodge (50 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8LF)
  • Victoria Hotel (59 London Rd, Canterbury CT2 8JY)
  • Canterbury Lodge (63 London Rd, Canterbury CT2 8JZ)
  • Premier Inn Canterbury City Centre hotel (New Dover Rd, Canterbury CT1 1UP)
  • Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Hotel (Cathedral, The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH)

Eating and Drinking

The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments on all days of the conference. All food served during the conference will be vegan. Any additional dietary requirements will be catered for separately. Some finger food will also be served at the receptions.

  • A welcome reception will take place in Keynes Atrium Foyer on Thursday June 22 from 18:00-19:30.
  • A networking reception will take place on Friday June 23 at 19:00. This reception is sponsored by Mercy For Animals, and will take place at the Abode Hotel (30-33 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RX). Tickets for this reception will be provided during registration.

Most restaurants in Canterbury have a vegan menu or provide vegan options. Some possibilities are:

  • The Veg Box Café – fully plant-based café/restaurant (17a Burgate, Canterbury, CT1 2HG)
  • The Lady Luck – Rock n’ Roll Pub with vegan pub menu (18 St Peters St, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ)
  • Cafe Des Amis – Mexican (95 St. Dunstans St, Canterbury CT2 8AA)
  • Cosy Club – British (20-21 St Margaret’s St, Canterbury CT1 2TH)
  • Wagamama – Asian/Japanese inspired (7-9 Longmarket, Canterbury CT1 2JS)
  • Refectory kitchen – breakfast/brunch (16 St Dunstans Street, Canterbury  CT2 8AF)
  • Possilipo – Italian (16 The Borough, Canterbury CT1 2DR)
  • Zizzi – Italian/pizza (53 St Peter’s St, Canterbury CT1 2BE
  • Bangkok House – Thai (14-15 Church Street, Saint Paul’s, Canterbury CT1 1NH)
  • Creams Café – Deserts, waffles, crepes (60/61 Palace Street, Canterbury CT1 2DY)
  • The Two Sawyers – British Pub-restaurant (58 Ivy Lane, Canterbury CT1 1TU)

Places of Interest

  • Canterbury has the oldest cathedral in England, well worth visiting.
  • The Canterbury Heritage Museum exhibits the city’s story from medieval times to the present.
  • Take a boat ride on the historic Stour, with either a tour of the city or a luxurious punt.
  • The ruins of the Norman castle contain elevated viewing platforms, a model of the castle keep and its walls as they used to appear.
  • Canterbury is steeped in literary history. Pay a visit to the Canterbury Tales Museum to see Chaucer’s characters brought to life.
  • There are also many parks and outside spaces in and around Canterbury, including Curtis Wood Park, Westgate Gardens, Dane John Gardens, and the Clean Ancient Woodlands. Kent is known as the “Garden of England” and travelling even a short distance outside of the city centre will bring you to beautiful country landscapes ideal for exploring.
  • Visit the Tourist Information page for more information and ideas!