Science and Technology Facilities Council
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Telephone: 01235 445000
It is easy to visit RAL, with excellent bus, rail, bike and road connections from all over England.
RAL is part of the Harwell Science and Innovation campus, located in beautiful countryside just south of Oxford, one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. Oxford city centre is just over 20 minutes drive away, Heathrow is 55 minutes by road, and nearby Didcot Parkway station connects you to London Paddington in just 42 minutes.
Didcot Parkway rail station is five miles away, with direct services to London (Paddington) in under 45 minutes and Oxford City in under 15 minutes. It is easy to cycle from the station to Harwell campus, and there are frequent bus services and taxis available for onward travel to RAL.
The launch of Crossrail and the upgrade to the Didcot Parkway Line mean it will soon be possible to reach central London Underground stations in under one hour.
Bus stops and routes on campus can be found on the Harwell Campus travel map (PDF, 9MB).
Details of all bus services serving Harwell can be found on the Oxford Bus Company website, including:
- ST1: Oxford, Broad Street direct via A34 to Harwell Campus
- X34 and X35: Didcot, Great Western Park, Harwell Campus then Wantage and Faringdon (X35) or Chilton and Newbury (X34)
- 43: Oxford City Centre, Abingdon, Drayton, Steventon, Harwell Campus
- 94: Didcot, East Hagbourne, Blewbury, West Hagbourne, Chilton, Harwell Campus
Oxfordshire has a great cycling community so why not get involved. We have bikes available from Didcot Parkway railway station, head to the bike hub outside the station and look for the Harwell Campus bikes and e-bikes.
Cycle Route 544 connects Harwell, Didcot and Wantage, Sustrans cycle map route 544.
If you’re interested in car sharing please find information about the Harwell Liftshare scheme.
There is a visitor car park outside the main entrance to RAL as well as electric vehicle charging points.
London Heathrow is less than one hour by road or train. Birmingham, Luton and Gatwick are all accessible by public transport.