Directions to ISIS

Aerial view of Rutherford Appleton Laboratories

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How to get to ISIS at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Address

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Oxford
Didcot
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom

 

Arriving by public transport
Didcot Parkway is the closest railway station to ISIS. There is a regular bus service to the Harwell campus, the X32 – timetable here. Taxis from Didcot to ISIS take about 15 minutes.

Getting to ISIS from Heathrow airport
There is a regular train service from Heathrow to London Paddington, and from London Paddington to Didcot Parkway. The journey time to Didcot is approximately 1.5 hours. Alternatively a frequent coach service, Reading-Heathrow RailAir, takes passengers to Reading Station to connect with trains to Didcot Parkway Station. The service picks up from all four terminals and the journey time to Reading is approximately 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Getting to ISIS from Gatwick airport
A direct train service operates between Gatwick Airport and Reading Station to connect with services to Didcot Parkway Station. The entire journey takes just over 2 hours.

Directions by road

  • From the A34 (Southbound) - Exit the A34 at the Milton Interchange Junction, the A4130 (A417) exit signposted Milton, Chilton, Didcot and Wantage. At the roundabout take the fourth exit signposted A4130 Wantage, Steventon, Drayton, Harwell. Follow this road for one and a half miles and continue straight on at the Rowstock roundabout onto the A4185. After about two miles turn right at the roundabout onto Fermi Avenue (signposted Harwell Business Centre, RAL, NRPB). Go straight across two mini roundabouts and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory can be found on the left hand side after the Diamond Light Source building.

  • From the A34 (Northbound) - Exit the A34 at Chilton Junction, branch left (signposted, Wantage), then merge onto the A4185. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit (signposted Harwell Business Centre, RAL, NRPB). Go straight across two mini roundabouts and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory can be found on the left hand side after the Diamond Light Source building.

  • From Heathrow Airport - Take the M4 motorway towards Slough, Reading and the West. Continue as far as junction 13 and then head North for about 8 miles on the A34 towards Oxford and follow the A34 directions given above.

  • From Gatwick Airport - Take the M23 to London and Guildford. At junction 7/8 join the M25 to Heathrow and Watford. At junction 15, take the M4 towards Slough, Reading and the West, and continue to junction 13. Head North for about 8 miles on the A34 towards Oxford and follow the A34 directions given above.
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