National STEM Centre, York

The National STEM Learning Centre is the home of York MakerFest, and we love it!

The National STEM Learning Centre in York is a unique teacher CPD venue, mirroring the modern classroom and laboratory facilities, as well as housing our inspirational resources centre. We are within walking distance from York city centre. York is ideally placed with excellent rail links, thanks to the east coast mainline, and close to the M1, M62 and M18.


National STEM Learning Centre,
Siwards Way,
University of York,
YO10 5DD

Travel by rail

You can get to York from London in less than two hours with services from both LNER and Grand Central. There are direct services from Birmingham and the South West. TransPennine Express runs direct train services from Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

Typical train travel times to York:

• London 1 hr 50m
• Manchester 1 hr 24m
• Newcastle 55m
• Bristol 4 hr
- Birmingham 2 hr 15m

Travel by car

York is just 20 minutes from the M1/M62 motorway network and is within comfortable driving times from many parts of the UK.

Typical drive times to York:

• London 3hr 50 mins 210 miles
• Manchester 1hr 34m 73 miles
• Newcastle 1hr 47 mins 87 miles
• Bristol 3 h 53 mins 223 miles
• Birmingham 2hr 26 min 134 miles

However, we suggest using public transport as parking is limited. The nearest pay and display is North Car Park but is often full from quite early on in the day. The machines only accept payment made by phone.

Travel by air

York is close to four international airports:

• Leeds/Bradford
• Manchester
• Humberside
• Robin Hood Doncaster/Sheffield

From York City Centre and York Station

STEM Learning is located on York University campus


It takes 25-40 minutes to walk from York city centre or York train station.


A bus service, the number 66, runs from York station to the University approximately every 10 minutes. Alight at the University Library stop. The scheduled journey time is 20 minutes. Find out more about getting around York by bus.


There are abundant cycle tracks and bike parks available on campus and bike racks at our centre. It takes 15-25 minutes to cycle from York station.


There is a taxi rank outside York station. Ask for National STEM Learning Centre, York Medical School or the University of York’s Campus North car park.

York MakerFest

MakerFest is managed by and part of the Keeping Digital Foundation

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