Venue and Travel

The conference will be held at the SECC (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) Glasgow. The postcode is G3 8YW.

Getting to the Registration Desk at the SECC on Sunday afternoon
1.  Taxi: The taxi rank is in Gordon Street opposite the main entrance to Glasgow Central Railway station.  The journey should take about 6 or 7 minutes.

2.  On foot: This can take about 25 minutes.  From Glasgow Central station [G1 3SL], walk southwards along Oswald Street towards the River Clyde.  Turn right onto the Broomielaw, and continue westwards by the side of the river.  You'll pass under the M8 motorway.  The road is now called Lancefield Quay.  On your left you'll see the Clyde Arc bridge (known to the locals as the Squinty Bridge).  Just beyond are the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and the Finnieston Crane.  Keep going, and you'll see the SECC and the Hydro (the large circular building with a sloping roof).

3.  By local train from Glasgow Central Railway Station [G1 3SL]:

Click here for the Glasgow Central Station Plan. Take any train from Platform 17, going westwards.  Platform 17 is two levels below the main station concourse.  Trains run about every 15 minutes.

Exhibition Centre is the next stop.  (On a Sunday, the train doesn't stop at Anderston.)

Get off at Exhibition Centre and follow the signs to the elevated walkway and the SECC.  (For a good plan of the site click here

4.  From Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station [G1 2AF] by local train:

Either walk to Glasgow Central Station, or get the shuttle bus (free) that runs between Queen Street and Central, and use the instructions above.

Alternatively, go down a level at Queen Street to Platform 8 and get any west-bound train to Partick.

At Partick, go down the escalators, along the passageway, and go up onto platform 1.  Get the train for Exhibition Centre.  (NB: not all the trains from Platform 1 go to the SECC!)  Follow the signs to the elevated walkway and the SECC.  (For a good plan of the site click here

Travel directions can be found on the SECC website by clicking here under 'How to get here'

Click here to download a map showing the location of the SECC in relation to accommodation, restaurants etc.

The Eating & Drinking Guide is a useful resource for restaurants as well as what's on.

Delegate Travel Pass
Your registration fee includes a 6 day travel pass that will be handed to you when you register at the meeting.

When is the ticket valid?
Your ticket is valid for 6 days from Sunday 9 August to Friday 14 August inclusive.

Where can the ticket be used?
The Delegate Travel Pass (“Zone Card”) can be used on various methods of transport in and around the city including Subway, Bus and Rail travel, i.e.  the “All Zones” SPT area.

This allows the pass to be used throughout the city centre in Glasgow and beyond the city boundary as far north as Loch Lomond.

Please click here to see a map of the area the card covers.

There will be free WIFI available for the duration of the conference for email and general web browsing.

Discount vouchers
The following website provides discount vouchers for various attractions in Glasgow. They usually provide a booklet with the vouchers that can be collected at train stations etc but you can also download them here

Getting to Glasgow
By Air
Glasgow International Airport
More than 30 airlines link Glasgow International Airport to 90 destinations worldwide. Click on the link above to view destinations and airlines.
A taxi to the city centre will cost approximately £15-£20. A direct airport bus also operates between the city and the airport every 10 minutes and fares are £4.50/£6.50 for single/return journeys.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is located 30 miles (48 kilometres) south of Glasgow. A railway station is adjacent to the airport with regular direct trains to the city centre which take 45 minutes. Approximate cost is £3 and tickets can be purchased on the train.
A taxi to the city centre will cost approximately £60-£70.

Edinburgh International Airport
Edinburgh is approximately a one hour drive from Glasgow. A taxi can be expensive (approximately £70) and we would recommend taking a taxi or tram from the airport to Waverley train station, where there is a regular train service to Glasgow Central Station.The journey time is approximately one hour and trains depart every 15 minutes, depending on the time of day. The cost is approximately £18 peak day return and £11 off peak return.  Alternatively, there is a direct coach from the main terminal every 30 minutes, from 05.00 to 23.30 daily to Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow City Centre. The journey time is 55 minutes, and the cost is approximately £16 return.

By Rail
National Rail Enquiry Service (24 hours) Tel: 08457 484 950
Glasgow Central Station is Scotland's largest interchange railway station. Direct regular services connect to London in just under 4 hours 30 minutes

By Car
If you are using satellite navigation please enter the postcode G3 8YM

By Bus
National Express - Telephone 08705 808080
The National Express coach terminal is located at Buchanan bus station, in Glasgow City Centre.

Dear Parents! 
The ICPhS organisers are dedicated to helping participants access information on family-focused activities in and around Glasgow during the duration of the conference. We’re currently developing a separate Facebook group to provide this information, which we will make available in the new year.
In the meantime, if you are looking for childcare during the conference, you can either find a registered childminder from here:
Glasgow Childcare Information Service
Centenary House
100 Morrison Street
G5 8LN 
Tel: 0141 287 5223
Fax: 0141 287 3561
Or you will find more information here: 
and/or the nanny agency, ‘Tinies Glasgow’ has fully registered nannies for babysitting and childcare.
In line with current Scottish legislation on childcare, ICPhS cannot either recommend unofficial childcarers, such as students, or provide a room to hold an informal crèche, and unfortunately providing a registered crèche is not possible within our budget.
If you have queries, please send us a direct message on the Facebook page. 

Please visit the websites below for information about Glasgow and the SECC.