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Travel and Accommodation


Events on Friday 15 July will be held on The Open University’s Walton Hall campus in Milton Keynes. Events on Saturday 16 July will be held at Olney Parish Church.


There are hotels in Milton Keynes to suit a range of budgets as well as numerous AirBnB rooms to rent. There are also several places to stay in Olney; see the Visit Olney website for information.

Hotels located in the centre of Milton Keynes (closer to restaurants etc.) include:

Hotels located near to The Open University’s Walton Hall campus include:

Travel to Milton Keynes

By train/coach

Milton Keynes Central is the closest station to The Open University. It is a mainline station with regular trains to and from London Euston, Birmingham, the Northwest of England and North Wales. The X5 bus service running between Oxford and Cambridge also stops at Milton Keynes Central.

Getting from Milton Keynes Central to The Open University

The campus is approximately 4 miles from Milton Keynes Central station. Delegates will need to make their own way to and from the campus on both days of the conference. Taxis from Milton Keynes Central to the campus are the best option, especially if you can share. They typically cost under £10. The following taxi companies operate in Milton Keynes:

  • Skyline: 01908 222111
  • ASL Taxis: 07836 676055
  • Raffles: 01908 222222

A local bus service runs between Milton Keynes Central station and The Open University. A PDF bus schedule is downloadable.

By car

Use the postcode MK7 6AA to locate the main campus. Please use the entrance from Brickhill Street V10 to enter the campus via St Michael’s Drive. The entrance from Groveway H9 via Walton Drive will be closed. See OU travel advice page for more information.


There is free parking available on campus, but you will need to book this in advance by emailing (copying with the following message: ‘Dear Open University Security, I will be attending the Amazing Grace and its legacies conference on 15 July and write to request permission to park my vehicle on campus. My license plate number is _______________.’

By air

Airports in London, Birmingham and Manchester are well connected to train services that call at Milton Keynes Central.

Travel to Olney

Olney is located approximately 10 miles away from Milton Keynes. Detailed information on travel and parking is available via the Visit Olney website.