Travel and Accommodation

The meeting will be held at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, which is located in rural Cheshire, about 20 miles (35 km) south of the city of Manchester in the UK. There are no convenient public transport links to the observatory, so we will arrange for transport to and from local hotels for the duration of the meeting, including fitting in with evening events.  We highly recommend that you use the transport we arrange (costs included in the registration fee), however those that do want to find their own transport, for example a rental car, may find the visitor centre webpage helpful. If you do plan to rent a car do please let us know so that we can accommodate it.

Travel from outside the UK

The nearest airport is Manchester Airport (MAN), which has direct flights to many international destinations, including common hubs such as Dubai, Heathrow, Paris-CDG, Amsterdam, New York (JFK) and Chicago.

Taxi from the airport

If you decide to use a taxi to get to your hotel from the airport there are a couple of options, there are the usual black cabs that you can find just outside any terminal. You can also use Arrow Cars which are often cheaper and allow you to book in advance and online.

If flying into another UK airport, you may find it useful to check for rail connections.

Hotels

Accommodation in the area is relatively limited, so we do suggest that you book your hotel as soon as possible, but only after you have paid for, and had confirmed, your registration. Please also inform us of your choice of hotel (by emailing the LOC) as soon as possible so that we can make sure to arrange sufficient busses.

As mentioned above, we will be providing transport from a few main hubs to and from the observatory every day, so please use one of the hotels listed below or arrange your own transport either to the observatory or to one of the transport hub hotels. We group the hotels below by area.

We note that a number of the hotels offer twin rooms if people are willing to share which can help with accommodation costs. This is particularly true of the big chain hotels like Travelodge, Premier Inn, and Holiday Inn.

Holmes Chapel

Cranage Hall is a hotel associated with a conference centre located in beautiful grounds just outside of Holmes Chapel. It is often used for meetings at JBO and has a large number of rooms. We will be running at least one bus from this location. There is a very nice restaurant on site with a choice of a bar menu or a more formal dining menu. The rural location means that other eating options would require transport of some sort. Travel to and from the airport would be by taxi.

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from
JBO
Standard Double
Price
Website
Cranage Hall Byley Lane,
Holmes Chapel
CW4 8EW
Tel: 01477 536 666
4.7 miles ££ Website

Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge is a nice village located just about 6.5 miles from JBO. It has a train station which has connections to the airport and Manchester but generally a taxi will be quicker. It has a large number of restaurants and cafes and is a popular location, so booking would be recommended. We will be running at least one bus from Alderley Edge.

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from
JBO
Standard Double
Price
Website
Alderley Edge Hotel Macclesfield Road,
Alderley Edge
SK9 7BJ
Tel: 01625 583 033
6.5 miles £££ Website
De Trafford 2 Congleton Road,
Alderley Edge
SK9 7AA
Tel: 01625 583 881
6.4 miles ££ Website

Wilmslow

Wilmslow is another nice village, larger than Alderley Edge, located just about 7.5 miles from JBO. It has a train station which has connections to the airport and Manchester, and direct connections to London, but generally a taxi from the airport will be quicker. It has a large number of restaurants and cafes and is a popular location, so booking would be recommended. We will be running at least one bus from Wilmslow. We note that the Premier Inn is about a 10 minute walk from the village centre.

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from
JBO
Standard Double
Price
Website
The Wilmslow Lodge at the Coach & Four Alderley Road,
Wilmslow
SK9 1PA
Tel: 01625 532 300
7.7 miles ££ Website
Premier Inn (Wilmslow) Racecourse Road,
Wilmslow
SK9 5LR
Tel: 08715 278 736
8.6 miles ££ Website

Macclesfield

Macclesfield is a town located about 7.5 miles from JBO. The Travelodge Macclesfield is a very good budget option and has many twin rooms potentially suitable for sharing. It is located very close to Macclesfield train station which has direct links to London and Manchester. The airport is also accessible by train but a taxi will be faster, but more expensive. Within about a 15 minute walk there are a number of restaurants in Macclesfield to suit a range of tastes. We will be running at least one bus from this hotel to JBO.

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from
JBO
Standard Double
Price
Website
Travelodge Macclesfield Gas Road,
Macclesfield
SK11 6JS
Tel: 08719 846 432
7.6 miles £ Website

Stockport

Stockport is a large town about 16 miles from JBO. It has two more budget options for hotels. It has very good rail connections to the whole of the UK and to the airport. There are a number of restaurants in the neighbourhood, but not as tightly clustered as some of the other locations. It is only 10 minutes by train to the centre of Manchester, though, and there are trains every few minutes. If you choose this option then you will need to take a train every morning/evening to/from Wilmslow to meet one of the busses that we will have running from there to JBO at your own expense. Note that both hotels are close to the train station.

Hotel Name Contact Details Standard Double
Price
Website
Holiday Inn Express NCP Railway Road,
Stockport
SK1 3SW
Tel: 08714 234 876
££ Website
Travelodge Stockport Heaton Lane,
Stockport
SK4 1BS
Tel: 08715 591 890
£ Website

Other accommodation options in the area

This is a non-comprehensive list of other options for accommodation in the area. Note however that we will not be able to run busses to all of these locations and so your own transport to JBO will be required, or alternatively, transport to one of the bus pick-up points, i.e. in Cranage Hall, Alderley Edge, Macclesfield, or Wilmslow.

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from
JBO
Standard Double
Price
Website
Holly Tree Farm Holmes Chapel Road,
Lower Withington,
Macclesfield
SK11 9DT
Tel: 01477 571 257
Mob: 07979 910 800
0.9 miles ££ Website
Bridge Farm B&B Bridge Lane,
Blackden,
Holmes Chapel
CW4 8BX
Tel: 01477 571 202
1.2 miles ££ Website
The Dog Wellbank Lane,
Over Peover,
Knutsford
WA16 8UP
Tel: 01625 861 421
2.1 miles ££ Website
Goostrey B&B 10 Station Road,
Goostrey
CW4 8PJ
Tel: 01477 534 314
Mob: 07958 198 121
2.3 miles ££ Website
The Vicarage Knutsford Road,
Cranage,
Holmes Chapel
CW4 8EF
Tel: 01477 533 393
4.9 miles ££ Website
Bear’s Head Brereton Green,
Nr Sandbach
CW11 1RS
Tel: 08451 126 026
5.6 miles ££ Website
The Cottage London Road,
Allostock,
Knutsford
WA16 9LU
Tel: 01565 722 470
6 miles ££ Website
Longview Hotel 51-55 Manchester Rd,
Knutsford
WA16 0LX
Tel: 01565 632 119
6.7 miles £££ Website
The Merlin Wilmslow Road,
Alderley Edge
SK9 7QL
Tel: 01625 599 959
6.9 miles ££ Website
Alexandra Court Hotel 7 Newcastle Road,
Congleton
CW12 4HN
Tel: 01260 297 871
7 miles ££ Website
Chimney House Hotel Congleton Road,
Sandbach,
Crewe
CW11 4ST
Tel: 01270 764 141
7.5 miles £££ Website
The Lion & Swan Hotel Swan Bank,
Congleton
CW12 1AH
Tel: 01260 273 115
7.6 miles ££ Website
The Kinderton House Hotel Kinderton Street,
Middlewich
CW10 0JE
Tel: 01606 834 169
7.6 miles ££ Website
Golden Lion Hotel (Middlewich) 61 Chester Road,
Middlewich
CW10 9ET
Tel: 01606 737 163
8 miles £ Website
The Sandhurst 69 Chester Road,
Middlewich
CW10 9EU
Tel: 01606 834 125
8.2 miles ££ Website
Rose ‘N Crown 62 King Street,
Knutsford
WA16 6DT
Tel: 01565 652 366
8.2 miles ££ Website
Cross Keys 52 King Street,
Knutsford
WA16 6DT
Tel: 01565 750 404
8.2 miles ££ Website
The Plough Inn Macclesfield Road,
Congleton
CW12 2NH
Tel: 01260 280 207
8.4 miles ££ Website
The Hinton Guest House Town Lane,
Mobberley,
Knutsford
WA16 7HH
Tel: 01565 873 484
8.8 miles £ Website
Hotel Ibis Budget Knutsford Chester Road,
Tabley
WA16 0PP
Tel: 01565 650 636
9 miles £ Website
Cottons Hotel & Spa Manchester Road,
Knutsford
WA16 0SU
Tel: 01565 650 333
9.4 miles £££ Website
Mottram Hall Wilmslow Road,
Mottram
SK10 4QT
Tel: 01625 828 135
9.9 miles £££ Website
The Bridge Prestbury,
Cheshire
SK10 4DQ
Tel: 01625 829 326
9.9 miles ££ Website
Airport Inn Manchester Hotel & Spa Altrincham Rd,
Wilmslow
SK9 4LR
Tel: 08712 210 247
10.7 miles £ Website
Mere Court Hotel Warrington Road,
Mere,
Knutsford
WA16 0RW
Tel: 01565 831 000
11.8 miles £££ Website
Hollin Hall Hotel Jackson Lane,
Kerridge,
Macclesfield
SK10 5BG
Tel: 01625 573 246
12.9 miles ££ Website