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How to get to STFC headquarters in Swindon


Science and Technology Facilities Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue

Tel: +44 (0)1793 442 000
Fax: +44 (0)1793 442 002
Email: general enquiries


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Polaris House is situated close to Swindon railway station, from which there is direct access by footbridge. If driving, our Head Office can be located, once in Swindon, by following signposts for "the Oasis" and then "Polaris House".

Directions by road

  • We are 81 miles from London, 40 miles from Reading and 45 miles from Basingstoke via the M4. Leave the motorway at Junction 15 on to the A419.
  • We are 38 miles from Bath, 42 miles from Bristol and 77 miles from Cardiff via the M4. Leave the motorway at Junction 16 on to the A3102 (A420).
  • We are 29 miles from Oxford via the A420.
  • We are 35 miles from Gloucester and the M5 via the A419.
  • We are 41 miles from Salisbury via the A345.

By rail

Swindon is less than an hour from London (Paddington), half an hour from Reading or Bristol and about an hour from Cardiff by High Speed Train. Other trains are also frequent.

Swindon is 52 minutes from Gloucester by train.

We are a three minute walk from Swindon station via the foot bridge.

By bicycle

  • Cycle shelters, showers and changing facilities are available to visitors and staff.

Travel information from Swindon Travel Choices on getting to Polaris House or North Star House.

Last updated: 17 March 2016


Science and Technology Facilities Council
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