Getting to the BISC
1. From Heathrow Airport
Take the National Express coach connection to Gatwick airport. Tickets can be purchased at the bus and coach information desk, located in terminals 1, 3, 4, and 5 or on the bus itself. This bus service takes approximately 70 minutes and costs approximately £30.00. Once at Gatwick, catch the train to Polegate (see next step). Further information about connections, timetables, and fares can be found at the National Express website
2. From Gatwick Airport
Catch the train to Polegate directly from the train station at the airport. The journey will take approximately 40 minutes. For more information about rail connections and departure times, check the National Rail website.
Once at Polegate Station...
Take a taxi from the station to the Castle. Ask the driver to take you to Bader Hall via the East Gate of Herstmonceux Castle, located on Wartling Road. The BISC's preferred taxi provider is Harbourside Taxis of Polegate. A discounted rate of around £13 can be negotiated if you book in advance on 0800 1699532. Their fleet consists of 4,6 and 8 seater vehicles.
It is not recommended that you rent a car while in England. Apart from being very expensive and the obvious difference of driving on the left, there are many other subtle, yet important, rules of the road that you might not be aware of.
If you have family in the UK who will be bringing you to the BISC by car, the directions are as follows:
From Heathrow Airport:
Follow the signs for M25 - Gatwick Airport. Follow the M25 and turn onto the M23 towards Gatwick Airport. Follow the M23 south towards the A23 (M23 becomes the A23). North of Brighton, turn east on the A27 (towards Lewes). Follow the A27 toward Polegate and Bexhill. Approximately 3 miles beyond Polegate at the Esso Roundabout follow the road to Herstmonceux. The East Gate of Herstmonceux Castle is about 3 miles up this road, 1 mile north of Wartling.
Alternate Route from Heathrow:
Turn east and then south out of London Heathrow Airport onto the M25 motorway following the signs for Gatwick Airport, and turn off on M23 towards Gatwick Airport. Take the A264 exit to East Grinstead. At Felbridge (2 miles NW of East Grinstead) join the A22 to Eastbourne. Stay on the A22 for approximately 20 miles until you reach the Boship Farm roundabout (Travelodge on the left, Boship Farm Hotel on right) and take the A271 through Horsebridge. (The roundabout is situated where the A22, A271, and A267 converge). Four miles along the A271 is the village of Herstmonceux. Continue on the A271 for a couple of miles and after passing the Windmill Hill Tennis Centre take the right turn to Wartling and Pevensey (also marked for Herstmonceux Castle). The East Gate to the Castle is on the right, one mile down the road. Note that entry to the grounds is through the East Gate only.
From Gatwick Airport:
Follow either route starting with the M23 south.
Bader Hall runs Bed and Breakfast facilities for families visiting students. Young people of student age may book a room in the Student wing at a reduced price and your student (if in a single room) may have an overnight guest free of charge (for no more than 3 nights per term). There are also many very good hotels, hostels and Guest Houses in the local area. Church Road (adjacent to the Castle) has several guest houses. The Lamb Inn is highly recommended for a typical English country experience and is within a 30minute walk of the Castle.