Travel & Accommodation


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The conference is held in the Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH. No 2 on the campus map.

  • Only blue badge holders are able to park on campus. You will have the option to book disabled parking during the registration process, when purchasing your ticket. Parking must be booked in advance.
  • No daily parking permits for UoP car parks are available for visitors.
  • We recommend parking at Wickham Street carpark, which is about 15 minutes walk to the university. There is a discounted parking rate for ALDcon23 delegates of £4.50 24-hour day rate (reduced from £15.00) on display of your conference ticket. Please bring a printed copy of your PDF conference ticket or show your PDF ticket on your phone. The car park is open from 8am – 7.45pm.
  • There is also a park and ride.

Luggage Store

If you need to store your luggage at the venue, please visit room 0.41, Portland Building. Room 0.41 is the South Lecture Theatre (both of these are written on the door). The luggage room is just by the registration desk.


There are several hotels close to the conference venue. Please check with your hotel in advance with regards to parking, if required. Below is a list of some hotels near to the venue.

Ibis Portsmouth Centre
Holiday Inn Portsmouth
Premier Inn Portsmouth Dockyard
Travel Lodge Portsmouth
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth – Gunwharf Quays


For those who have a room-only rate and would like breakfast:

The Hub

The Hub is in the Dennis Sciama building (almost opposite the Portland building) and is open from 8am. It is part of the campus and can be found at no. 9 on the campus map. They sell a range of hot food (including vegan and vegetarian options). The menu is fairly basic (sausage rolls, pasties etc.). 

Places to dine

Around Gunwharf Quays by the river and the sea, there is a full range of restaurants and bars of every variety. Enjoy a stroll and take your pick. Alternatively, see our top three recommendations below:


Still and West website

This pub is known for the best fish and chips in Pompey and serving some good local ales.

Spice Island website

Located in Old Portsmouth, this is a very nice pub for a meal and it’s a lovely walk from the venue.

The Old Customs House website

One of Portsmouth’s original naval buildings, this is now a great place to eat, located next to Spinnaker Tower.

Walking tour of Old Portsmouth (self-guided)

You can also walk around Old Portsmouth, following this self-walking tour. You may wish to make arrangements amongst yourselves to do this as a group.

Follow the walk around Old Portsmouth.

Monday evening free time

If you’re arriving in Portsmouth on Monday 12th June, ahead of the conference on Tuesday 13th June, there will be a pub crawl from outside the historic dockyard to Old Portsmouth, via Gunwharf Quays. Meet outside The Ship Anson at 7.30pm.

The Ship Anson

Recharge your batteries

at University of Portsmouth’s Ravelin Sports Centre

Exterior of University of Portsmouth Ravelin Sports Centre

£10 1-day passes are available to #ALDcon23 delegates providing access to the gym, swim (including sauna and steam) and fitness class at University of Portsmouth’s Ravelin Sports Centre.

This is at a discounted rate. Single session prices are shown below. The pass provides a saving of at least £11.25:
£8 a gym session
£5.75 for a swim
£7.50 for a fitness class

ALDcon23 delegates should report to the Ravelin Centre reception to purchase a pass and book into your chosen activities.

Location: Next to the University Library at the junction of Cambridge Road and Museum Road

University of Portsmouth Ravelin Sports Centre  with sports bikes and treadmills
University of Portsmouth Ravelin Sports Centre  25 swimming pool.

Explore Portsmouth

Welcome to Portsmouth

Visit Portsmouth

Portsmouth Harbour Tour

Gunwharf Quays

Pedal around Pompey

The Isle of Wight Festival – if you’d like to extend your stay, the festival is the weekend following the conference, 15 – 18 June 2023.

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