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We are holding the conference at The Sharp Project is centrally located just outside Manchester city centre in the North West of England and is close to air, motorway and public transport connections.

It's easy to get to from the city centre via tram. There is also a secure car park if you wish to drive.

We have more information about getting there below.


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We recommend that if you are booking a hotel for the conference that you book one in the centre of Manchester and with our Official Accommodation Provider, Laterooms.com.
Accommodation options near to the venue are limited.

The venue is a short hop from the city centre by tram so a hotel near to Piccadilly Gardens or any city centre tram stop would be ideal.

The parties on Friday & Saturday will also be a short walk from Piccadilly Gardens.

Getting there

To the venue

The best method to get to the venue is to catch a tram from the city centre. The Sharp Project have some comprehensive information on how to get there by tram. It will take about 7 minutes from the city centre and cost around £5.50​ for a weekend travelcard

If you are travelling by car then use 1 Thorp Road, M40 5BJ (53.50201, -2.19344) for your sat nav.

To Manchester

Manchester has very good transport links with London, Europe and international destinations.

The train from London only takes a little over 2 hours and if you book tickets in advance can be bought for under £80.

If you are flying into Manchester airport then the easiest way to get into the centre is to catch the train. The airport train leaves every 10 minutes and takes around 20 minutes to get into the city centre (Manchester Piccadilly station).

Food & Drinks

There are the usual chain restaurants scattered across Manchester covering all types of cuisine and budgets. We have a few favourites though.


For the best coffee in Manchester head to North Tea Power and a good backup is Takk.


For the best burgers and steaks head to Solita.

The Mark Addy for traditional Manchester pub food.

For a good curry don't bother with the curry mile, go to This & That but go to the one on soap street (3 Soap Street) for the full 'rice and three' experience.

Teacup does really good breakfasts and home-made cakes.


Manchester seems to be pretty good at these!

Common has a very good range of beers and also does a good burger.
It's sister pub, Port street Beer House, has the best range of real ales on tap and beers in Manchester. Just don't ask for a Stella otherwise they may throw you out.

For a taste of Manchester, head to a Marble pub. Manchester's very own microbrewery.

Ben is a bit of a foodie so if you need any specific recommendations then drop him a line.