How to get to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Contacts

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Campus
Didcot
OX11 0QX

Tel: +44 (0)1235 445 000
Fax: +44 (0)1235 445 808
Email: general enquiries

Directions


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Directions by road

  • From the A34 (Southbound) - Exit the A34 at the Milton Interchange Junction, the A4130 (A417) exit signposted Milton, Chilton, Didcot and Wantage. At the roundabout take the fourth exit signposted A4130 Wantage, Steventon, Drayton, Harwell. Follow this road for one and a half miles and continue straight on at the Rowstock roundabout onto the A4185. After about two miles turn right at the roundabout onto Fermi Avenue (signposted Harwell Campus Fermi Entrance, Diamond, HPA, RAL). Go straight across two mini roundabouts and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory can be found on the left hand side after the Diamond Light Source building.
  • From the A34 (Northbound) - Exit the A34 at Chilton Junction, branch left (signposted, Wantage), then merge onto the A4185. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit (signposted Harwell Campus Fermi Entrance, Diamond, HPA, RAL). Go straight across two mini roundabouts and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory can be found on the left hand side after the Diamond Light Source building.
  • From Heathrow Airport - Take the M4 motorway towards Slough, Reading and the West. Continue as far as junction 13 and then head North for about 8 miles on the A34 towards Oxford and follow the A34 directions given above.
     
  • From Gatwick Airport - Take the M23 to London and Guildford. At junction 7/8 join the M25 to Heathrow and Watford. At junction 15, take the M4 towards Slough, Reading and the West, and continue to junction 13. Head North for about 8 miles on the A34 towards Oxford and follow the A34 directions given above.

By train

Nearest rail station is Didcot Parkway, served by trains from London Paddington.

By taxi

The journey to the laboratory is approximately a 15-20 minute drive from Didcot train station and approximately a 35-40 minute journey from Oxford train station.

By bicycle

By bus

Didcot

Abingdon

  • Stagecoach 34, 1-2 buses at peak times only, 25 mins
  • Thames Travel X1, hourly, ~ 1 hour

Oxford

  • Thames Travel X34, 1-2 buses at peak times only, 40 mins
  • Stagecoach 34, 1-2 buses at peak times only, 50 mins
  • Thames Travel X32, hourly, ~ 1 hour

Wantage

  • Thames Travel X1 or X32, every 30 mins, 15-20 mins

Newbury

  • Newbury & District 6, 3 buses a day, 35-50 mins

In addition, information about buses from Heathrow and Gatwick airports is available on the Oxford Bus Company website (link opens in a new window).

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Arriving at RAL

Please report at the main Reception building (R75), where your details will be taken and directions given on parking.

Local hotels to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

expandLocal hotels
  • The Kingswell Hotel (5 minute drive to RAL)
    Reading Road, Harwell
    Nr Didcot, Oxfordshire
    OX11 0LZ
    Tel: +44 (0)1235 833 043
     
  • Steventon House Hotel (5 minute drive to RAL)
    Milton Hill, Steventon,
    Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire
    OX13 6AB
    Tel: +44 (0)1235 831 223
     
  • Milton Hill House (5 minute drive to RAL)
    Milton Hill, Steventon
    Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire
    OX13 6AF
    Tel: +44 (0)844 980 2314
     
  • Abingdon Four Pillars Hotel (15 minute drive to RAL)
    Marcham Rd, Abingdon-on-Thames
    Oxfordshire
    OX14 4JH
    Tel: +44 (0)800 374 692 / 01235 553 456
     
  • Hilton Newbury North Hotel (15 minute drive to RAL)
    M4 Junction 13
    Oxford Road, Newbury
    Berkshire
    RG20 8XY
    Tel: +44 (0)1635 247 010
     
  • Ridgeway House (next to RAL Reception/Security Gate)
    Science and Technology Facilities Council
    Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
    Harwell Science and Innovation Campus
    Didcot, Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX
    Tel: +44 (0)1235 445 500
    Email Ridgeway House
     
  • The Cosener's House (20 minute drive to RAL)
    Science and Technology Facilities Council
    Abbey Close, Abingdon
    Oxfordshire
    OX14 3JD
    Tel: +44 (0)1235 523 198
    Fax: +44 (0)1235 534 160
    Email Cosener's House
     

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