How to find us


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
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On foot

We’re next to the railway station in Swindon town centre, where there is a footbridge from the station to Polaris House. If you’re walking from the town centre and need to pass through the station to get to us, we’ll provide you with a letter to show the First Great Western staff so that they will let you through. You can get help if there is no-one at the ticket barrier by pressing the assistance button there.

By train

Trains to Swindon run from London Paddington, Bristol, Gloucester and South Wales. EPSRC is a couple of minutes walk from Swindon rail station. From platforms 1, 2 or 3, go up the steps next to the newsagent and go across the footbridge to Polaris House. You'll need your ticket to go through the barrier at the entrance of the footbridge.

If you arrive on platform 4, go down the exit stairs and turn right at the bottom into the underpass. Take the left-hand stairs at the end of the underpass into the main station. The footbridge is on your right, next to the newsagent.

By car

Limited visitor parking is available on site. Visitor parking spaces (including disabled parking) are in front of reception.

When you get to Swindon, follow signs for 'Town Centre' then signs for 'North Star'. Follow the signs until you arrive at the roundabout next to the Oasis leisure complex and Swindon College. Take the second exit from the roundabout. At the next roundabout, with the railway station car park in front of you, turn left into the Polaris House main entrance road.

By bus or coach

Bus and coach services to Swindon stop either at the bus station or on Fleming Way. It takes about five minutes to walk to Polaris House, passing through the rail station.

By air

The nearest airports to Swindon are London Heathrow and Bristol. From Heathrow Airport catch the Railair coach to Reading Station, which takes about 40 minutes, and then the train to Swindon. From Bristol Airport catch the Bristol International Flyer coach to Bristol Temple Meads Rail Station, which takes about 30 minutes, and then the train to Swindon.