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2018 Venue & Travel

The 2018 Annual NHS R&D Forum is to be held at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales on the 14th and 15th May 2018.

Celtic Manor

Celtic Manor has recently been awarded the M&IT 2017 Best Conference Hotel in the UK which secures its place as the leading destination for events in the UK. The Hotel is set in 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland in the beautiful Usk Valley, just off the M4 (J24), only 90 minutes from London Heathrow, 45 minutes from Cardiff Airport and Bristol Airport and 5 minutes from the Severn Bridge. It is located close to intercity rail services at Newport, with direct trains to Cardiff, London Paddington, and Birmingham.

Getting to Celtic Manor

Car: Celtic Manor is located just off Junction 24 of the M4. It is 130 miles from London, 90 miles from Birmingham, 170 miles from Manchester.

Train: Newport is the nearest main line railway station. Celtic Manor is a short taxi ride from the station. Newport is 1h 50m from London, 40 minutes from Bristol, 2h 50 from Manchester.

GWR is now introducing its new Intercity Express Trains into service on the London – South Wales route with total fleet modernisation planned for completion in 2018.  These new trains offer more seats, more leg room, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning throughout and an at-seat refreshments service (complimentary in First Class).  For more information on travelling to the Celtic Manor Resort by train and to book your train tickets, please visit:

Air: Cardiff Airport is 35 miles and Bristol Airport is 30 miles away. There are numerous bus links between these airports and the main railway stations of Cardiff and Bristol which allows a train connection to Newport.

Leaving Celtic Manor

The Conference finishes at 15:40 on Tuesday 15th May.

By Train

We have provided as a guide below some train departures from Newport Station to some of the major UK cities:

From Newport to: Departure Time Arrival Time Changes
Manchester 17:04 20:19 0
London 17:10 19:07 0
Leeds 17:10 21:01 1
Norwich 17:10 22:29 2
Newcastle 17:00 22:47 1
Truro 16:45 21:00 1
Nottingham 17:00 20:04 0
Brighton 17:10 20:47 2


By Plane

Departing From Arriving At Departure Time Arrival Time
Cardiff Edinburgh 17:55 19:10
Bristol Glasgow 20:00 21:15
Bristol Edinburgh 20:45 21:55
Cardiff Belfast 19:15 20:20