Attending Events

Go to the ‘What’s on’ page to see our full programme and book your free tickets.

During the Festival, head to our Box Office for more information and ticket bookings:

Box Office: 11.00 – 19.00 | 11-14 September | Middleton Hall, University of Hull Campus, HU6 7RX

To gain entry to ticketed events, please make sure to bring your tickets with you on an electronic device or as a printout. You can access, edit, and print your tickets from your account page. Please note, there will be no printing facilities available on site. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your tickets as soon as possible, to allow entry for other patrons.

Please note that, for ticketed events, doors close 15 mins after the stated start time to avoid disturbance to speakers and other patrons. You will not be able to gain admittance to ticketed events after that time.

Getting to Hull

By train

Hull Paragon Interchange is the main railway station in Hull, situated in the city centre.

  • From London: First Hull Trains run several times a day, seven days a week departing from London Kings Cross.
  • Virgin Trains East Coast also runs regular services and connects London to Hull via Grantham and Newark North Gate.
  • If you are visiting Hull from the west, TransPennine Express runs direct train services every hour, from Liverpool, Manchester, Huddersfield and Leeds.

There is a taxi rank just outside of the station, and a bus station around the corner. Both are clearly signposted.

By bus

You can also get to Hull via coach, with services running to and from Hull Paragon Interchange from across the country.

  • National Express services run from London to Hull, in under 6 hours
  • Megabus services run from East Midlands Parkway to Hull city centre
  • A free shuttle bus and Park & Ride service will be running hourly between Priory Park, Hessle and University of Hull Campus, with a stop at Hull Paragon Interchange (departure times can be found in “Getting Around“).
  • EYMS run buses throughout East and North Yorkshire, connecting Hull to York, Bridlington and Scarborough. EYMS have a free journey planner app (App Store / Google Play).

By car

Make sure  you check and plan your route before you travel.

  • If you are travelling to Hull from Liverpool, Manchester or Leeds, take the M62 until it turns into the A63. The A63 will take you along the north shore of the Humber into Hull.
  • If you’re travelling to Hull from London or the south, you can take the A1 and turn off at Newark-on Trent or Doncaster, and then head north east. If you take the A15 east of Scunthorpe it will take you over the Humber Bridge straight into Hull. Please note that the Humber Bridge is a toll road, you can find out the latest toll charges here.
  • If you’re travelling down from Scotland or from the north, take the A1 down, and after Leeds join the M62 eastbound.

The Hessle Priory Park car park provides free parking close to the city, for Sat Nav users the postcode is HU4 7DY. There will be a free shuttle bus service running between the Priory Park car park, the University of Hull campus and Hull city centre. 

Getting Around

The University of Hull Campus is easily accessible from Hull City Centre as well as most parts of the UK. You can find more information here.

Park & Ride service

From Tuesday 11 September to Friday 14 September, a free shuttle bus and Park & Ride service will be running hourly between Priory Park, Hessle and University of Hull Campus, with a stop at Hull Paragon Interchange. Please show your BSF event ticket to the driver to gain admittance. 

Free shuttle bus departure times: 

Outbound  – First service: 11.00, last service: 18.00 

Hessle Priory Park, Park & Ride: 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00, 18.00

Hull Paragon Interchange, Bay 3 (Outbound): 11.15, 12.15, 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15, 17.15, 18.15

Return  – First service: 11.30, last service: 20.30 

University of Hull, Cottingham Rd: 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30, 15.30, 16.30, 17.30, 18.30, 19.30, 20.30

Hull Paragon Interchange, Bay 3 (Return): 11.42, 12.42, 13.42, 14.42, 15.42, 16.42, 17.42, 18.42, 19.42, 20.42

Please note, the shuttle bus service will only run on the days of the British Science Festival. 

Hull public transport

Hull has a great network of buses and taxis that will keep you well  connected to our event venues and the University campus during the Festival. Download the EYMS free journey planner app where you can instantly buy tickets and view bus timetables. (App Store / Google Play).

Hull city centre parking

The Hessle Priory Park car park provides ample parking space close to the city, for Sat Nav users the postcode is HU4 7DY. Throughout the British Science Festival, a free shuttle bus service will run between the Priory Park car park, the University of Hull campus and Hull city centre. 

University of Hull Campus parking

There are 400 ‘Pay on Foot’ parking spaces in the University of Hull Wilberforce car park that you will be able to access by showing a BSF ticket to staff on site. The cost is £1 for every four hours spent on site. 




University of Hull Campus accommodation

The University of Hull has accommodation available on campus  where a big part of the Festival programme will take place. Please enquire directly via their website here.  Mention the British Science Festival and a member of the Beyond Events team will look after your enquiry.

Hull city centre accommodation

There are several hotels located in Hull city center, and you can  book your stay through this bespoke Visit Hull & East Yorkshire website.


University of Hull Campus access

All University of Hull campus venues are wheelchair accessible. DisabledGo provides detailed guided for all campus buildings here. There are a number of disabled parking spots on campus, which will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Hull city centre accessibility

The majority of city centre venues are wheelchair accessible. Please refer to each venue’s weblink for more details.

We endeavor for the Festival to be fully accessible but, due to the nature of some event activities, this may not always be possible. Any activities or events that are not accessible will be clearly noted under that event’s description.

Non-accessible Hull city centre events:

A guided tour of Drax Power Station– The tour will involve up to one hour of walking and climbing to a height of  seven metres, up staircases with safety rails.

Unlocking the secrets of the canine mind– This event will be a standing event, and includes an optional guided tour back to Hull University Campus.

Places to eat

Food on the University of Hull Campus

There will be several cafes and eateries open on the University of Hull Campus throughout the Festival. You will be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner near all the Festival venues.

Food in Hull city centre

You can see a list of restaurants, bars, and cafes located in Hull city center, by searching on the Visit Hull & East Yorkshire website here.

Terms & Conditions

Film & Photography

Filming and photography will be taking place at events. If you don’t wish to be filmed/photographed, please ask one of our Festival Assistants for a yellow lanyard at the door of our events or at the Festival Box Office.

Code of Conduct

During the Festival, no attendee shall act in breach of the criminal law or incite hatred, violence, or intolerance.

Whilst the Festival endeavors to be a platform for constructive debate, it is also dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of their gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, disability, religious or other similar belief, sexual orientation, or age. We do not tolerate any form of harassment towards Festival speakers/participants, staff, volunteers, or attendees. We retain the right to refuse admission to an event or the Festival as a whole to anyone who we reasonably consider does not abide by this Code of Conduct.

Safety & Security

For your safety, enhanced security measures will be in place and we will be conducting random bag searches.

Please note that there are no cloakroom facilities available throughout the Festival, so please make alternative arrangements for any large bags. You will not be permitted to leave any personal belongings unattended or in spaces where they pose a health & safety risk or disrupt the other attendees’ experience (e.g. aisles, fire exits, seats/chairs in busy event venues).