The Geometry of Data Analysis (Gowerfest II)


The Open University is located in Milton Keynes. Maps and travel details to our University campus can be found within The Open University's travel details. In addition, a map of the local area may be useful for anyone wishing to walk between the Open University campus and the listed hotels.

For those wishing to book air travel, the closest airport is London Luton, and there are good regular coach links to Milton Keynes from here. Otherwise we recommend to fly into one of the other London airports or Birmingham airport.

Public transport

By train:

Milton Keynes Central is the most convenient train station for travel to the Open University. Buses and Taxis can be picked up just outside the station. 

By bus from Central Milton Keynes to the Open University:

Public bus service numbers 12 and 20 run from Central Milton Keynes to the University, the journey takes no more than 25 minutes. Check Milton Keynes bus timetable page for up-to-date timetables, the 12 operates half-hourly and the 20 operates hourly. Both services run from bus stop number 34 outside the train station or stops L3 and D3 at the shopping centre. Only the 20 runs from stop R3 outside the Jurys Inn hotel and it may be worth walking to the train station. 

The University also operates a shuttle bus service to and from the train station and University at peak hours, these make no additional stops and the journey takes 10 minutes. These are usually large coaches with 'Souls' written on the side, there may be a sign in the front window to notify that it is the Open University service. These run from stop number 34 outside the train station departing at 8:40, 9:30 and 10:15. A coach returns from the University to the train station at 18:00. This service costs £1 per journey, which is cheaper than the public bus.

By coach:

Except for the VT99 service from Luton airport, which serves Milton Keynes Central train station, airport coaches and national express coaches will arrive at Milton Keynes Coachway. There are no direct local bus links with the Open University from here, but there is an office where taxis can be ordered or it is possible to walk to the shopping centre to use public bus services.

Car parking at the Open University

Visitors can park for free in any of the car parks on the Open University campus, no parking permit is required. However, signs in the car parks indicate that cars not parked in the marked bays will be clamped. The car parks closest to the Berrill lecture theatre are likely to be full before registration begins on the first day, but spaces are often available in the South West car park.