Location

The retreat will be hosted at Alexandra House, which is surrounded by 2 acres of landscaped grounds and trees, delivering tranquil setting and backdrop for SoCraTes UK 2023.

Alexandra House is just 10 minutes from junction 15 of the M4, 15 minutes from Swindon, 1h from London Heathrow or Bristol Airport and just 50 minutes by train into London’s Paddington. Alexandra House is easily accessible by air, rail or car. It’s situated on the B4005 between Wroughton and Hodson, within easy reach of London and the main motorways.

The nearest train station is Swindon (Wilts), 4 miles away.

Please check Alexandra House Google Maps location to ensure you get to the hotel correctly.

Free parking is available. There are charging bays for electric vehicles.

Alexandra House Hotel - Aerial view showing the building surrounded with trees and some parking places
Alexandra House Hotel - One of the courtyards with wooden tables, chairs and parasols
Alexandra House Hotel - The main conference room
Alexandra House Hotel - View of the main entrance with trees in the foreground

When can I check in?

Check ins will start on Thursday after TBCpm. SoCraTes UK 2023 will start at TBCpm, just before dinner.


When do I need to check out?

Check outs must be finished on Sunday before TBCam. Late check outs are TBC.


How to get there?

Alexandra House
Whittingham Dr
Wroughton
Swindon
SN4 0QJ England, United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 1793 819 000

The best place to find out how to get there is Alexandra House’s site.

The nearest station is Swindown Station. It is 4 miles and 15 minutes’ drive away. A one way taxi should cost between £TBC and £TBC depending on traffic.

Please check our wiki for the local taxi companies.

Swindon rail station has direct links and connections from London Paddington station, Bristol and Heathrow airport.

Heathrow Airport and Bristol Airport are about 1 hour from the venue. Uber taxis will cost £TBC while black cabs in the airport will cost on average £TBC depending on the traffic. TBC? Taxi will be the fastest way to get to the venue as you don’t need to come to London and then back to Swindon.

TAXIS: If using taxis, either use Uber or one of the local taxi companies listed on the wiki. They are much cheaper. Be aware that they normally ask you to wait for them at the departures “drop off” and you will need to make your way there from the arrivals.

The fastest way to get to London from any airport is by train. Take a look at National Rail for routes, times, prices and to book your tickets. If you are coming in a group, bear in mind you could save money. Three or four people travelling together pay for only two tickets if the service is off-peak (remember, you need to get these group tickets at the ticket office, rather than online or using the ticket machines at the train station).

You normally can get direct trains to Swindon from London Paddington station. The train fare should cost around £TBC. When buying your train ticket, go to the ticket office instead of buying on the machines and show your tube ticket as you may get more than 50% discount — they will charge you only for the stretch beyond the zones you already paid for when coming to central London from the airport. That’s the same for people with Oyster cards.

If you prefer to get to London by coach, National Express is probably the best option, with wi-fi on their coaches.

More details can be found on the airport websites:

Once in London you might need a tube map. For more info on transport in London visit the Transport for London website.