How to get to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries at Napier House
- Napier House, 4 Worcester StreetOxford OX1 2AWUnited Kingdom
Trains run hourly from London's Paddington Station to Oxford. The journey time is 55 minutes approximately and the fare varies depending on the time of day. Napier House is 5-10 minutes walk from the station. On leaving the station entrance road (see map - station is yellow dot surrounded by red circle), turn left at the traffic lights and, keeping on the same side of the road, continue straight along Hythe Bridge Street, crossing two side roads until you reach Worcester Street - a sharp left bend in the road. Cross the road at the pedestrian traffic light crossing and follow the road round the corner. Napier House is about 25 yards on your right - part of a modern brick building with a wooden door. The door bell to your left will alert the receptionist of your arrival.
The bus station for coaches to London and to London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead Airports is immediately to the rear of Napier House.
Coaches from Oxford to London run every few minutes during the day. The journey takes a minimum of 75 minutes but it is advisable to allow plenty of time, due to traffic congestion. The day return fare is currently £7.50. The single fare costs £7. There are two bus companies. One of these, the Oxford Tube, calls at Watlington (on the M40), Hillingdon, Shepherd's Bush, Notting Hill and Marble Arch, terminating close to London's Victoria Coach Station. The other bus company, Oxford Express - X90 calls at Shepherd's Bush and Marble Arch and terminates at London Victoria Coach Station.
For all journeys to airports the time given here is the minimum required. Due to heavy traffic congestion it is again advisable to allow extra time, particularly when catching flights which are not flexible. Coaches from Oxford to Heathrow Terminal 1 and Terminal 4 are half hourly, on the hour and half hour and from Heathrow to Oxford they leave at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour (Terminal 4) and 10 minutes later from Terminal 1. The journey takes a minimum of 75 minutes. The cost is currently £12 return. Coaches from Oxford to Gatwick and from Gatwick to Oxford are hourly in the daytime and two hourly at night. The journey takes a minimum of two hours and the cost is currently £19. Services run to Stansted three times daily and take a minimum of three hours.
Approaching from the north, leave the M40 motorway at junction 9 (Oxford/Bicester) and follow the A34 westward around the city. Leave the A34 at the A420 (Swindon) junction and follow the signs to the town centre along the Botley Road. Parking in the centre is costly and the traffic is often very heavy. You may find it easier to follow the signs to the Park-&-Ride (Seacourt), park (50p) and take one of the buses (£1.50 and about every 10 minutes).
From the south and west you will also join the A34 ring road, leave it at the A420 junction and follow the route described above.
Approaching from the east, leave the M40 at junction 8 and either leave your car at the Park-&-Ride (Thornhill) and take a bus into the city or follow the A40 north around the city turning left into the Banbury Road (signed to Summertown) and follow signs to the city centre.
Parking in Oxford
Parking is expensive - expect to pay £15+ per day. Parking is available at Worcester Street car park. Access is from Park End Street. Parking is also available in Gloucester Place car park, off Beaumont Street and is sometimes available at the Randolph Hotel, in Beaumont Street. All are within two minutes walk of Napier House.