NewcastleGateshead is widely accessible to everyone from wheelchair users and people with mobility scooters to those with pushchairs or mobility issues, hearing or visual impairment or additional accessibility requirements. For more information on accessibility, please see here:


The main conference venue is Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA, UK. Please see travel direction tab above for more information. The BALTIC and the event spaces The Sociological Review Foundation is hiring is fully accessible. More details on The BALTICs accessibility can be found here:

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The BALTIC is situated on the Quayside in Gateshead, a 10-minute walk from Gateshead Town Centre. The BALTIC is accessible for pedestrians from the Newcastle Quayside over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Travelling by Train or Metro

Newcastle Central Station. Ca. 3 hours to London’s Kings Cross, 1.5 hours to Edinburgh.

Tyne and Wear Metro Service: Newcastle Central Station or Gateshead Metro Interchange.

Travelling by Bus

Gateshead Bus Interchange or Newcastle Central Station. The bright Yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, at least every 20 minutes during the evening and directly serve BALTIC. The Quaylink service 1 (Q1) starts from both Gateshead Interchange and Newcastle Central Station.

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Traveling by Air

Newcastle International Airport is North East’s largest airport, with arrival and departure from over 80 destinations. See Newcastle International Airport for information.

Newcastle International Airport metro station: The journey to Newcastle city centre (Haymarket, Monument or Central Station) takes around 25 minutes. There are trains every 12 minutes.

There are also airport taxis available.

Parking at BALTIC

Parking spaces are available in the BALTIC Car Park. Follow Signage for ‘Gateshead Quays’ and ‘Other Car Parks’ until specific signage for BALTIC Car Park becomes visible. Spaces are pay on exit and cash-only. Please note that The Sociological Review Foundation cannot cover delegates’ parking expenses, unless they have been awarded a travel bursary.

Blue badge holders park FREE. For ticket validation during gallery hours (10:00-18:00), please go to the Information Desk on the ground floor of the BALTIC. Outside of these times, please contact security via the intercom on exit.