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The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall

Home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, a venue for residential events.

Building closure

Following careful consideration of the current course of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Royal Society has made the decision to implement a closure of our buildings to Fellows, staff, conferencing clients and other visitors. They will remain closed until further notice.


Chicheley Hall, Chicheley
Newport Pagnell
Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ

+44 1234 868 650


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By road

Chicheley Hall is situated about 7 miles from Milton Keynes, just 10 minutes from Junction 14 of the M1.

Directions from the M25: Proceed north along the M1 until junction 14. At the exit roundabout, join the A509 towards Wellingborough and Kettering. Turn right at the next roundabout, still following the A509. Pass over next roundabout onto a long, straight mile of dual carriageway. At the top of the hill, turn right at Chicheley Hill roundabout onto the A422 towards Bedford. After approximately 400 m, take the first right into Chicheley Road (signposted North Crawley), follow the road for approximately a quarter of a mile then turn left through the gates to Chicheley Hall

Please note that some satellite navigation systems incorrectly advise use of Hall Lane. The correct access is via the main entrance on Chicheley Road.

Follow the gravel driveway around the side of the buildings. Parking is available either on the cobbled courtyard at the side of the main house, or if this is full, please follow the gravel drive past the house (keeping the buildings on your right) and park in the green overflow carpark just beyond the buildings.

By taxi

Taxis can be pre-booked for railway station or airport pickup with Skyline Taxis or Bounds Taxis.

Ask to be dropped at the side entrance of the main house (white doorway, signposted Visitors Reception) if arriving in the evening to check-in. If arriving in the morning for a meeting in the Wolfson Centre, ask to be dropped at the glass atrium.

By rail

The nearest stations are:

  • Milton Keynes Central: Regular fast trains from London Euston, Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly.
  • Bedford: Direct trains from London St Pancras

Taxis from the railway stations to Chicheley Hall:

  • Milton Keynes Central: taxi takes about 20 minutes, costs approx £20 (reduced fare available if booked in advance)
  • Bedford: taxi takes about 30 minutes, costs about £30 (reduced fare available if booked in advance)

By coach or bus

There are no direct bus routes to the village of Chicheley. The nearest bus stations are:

  • Milton Keynes Coachway (about 15 minutes by taxi)
  • Bedford Bus Station (about 30 minutes by taxi).

The X5 bus, which runs between Cambridge and Oxford stops at both bus stations.

There are direct National Express bus services from Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports to Milton Keynes Coachway.

By air

The nearest airports (with approximate timings) are:

  • London Luton: 35 minutes by road or 30 minutes by rail to Bedford.
  • Birmingham International: 1 hour 5 minutes by road or 50 minutes by rail to Milton Keynes Central.
  • London Heathrow: 1 hour 15 minutes by road or 1 hour 45 minutes by rail (Heathrow Express to Paddington, underground to London Euston then rail to Milton Keynes Central).
  • London Stansted: 1 hour 15 minutes by road or 2 hours 15 minutes by coach (no rail link).
  • London Gatwick: 2 hours by road or 2 hours by rail to Bedford.

There are direct National Express bus services from Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports to Milton Keynes Coachway.

By bike

The Milton Keynes Redways cycle network can be followed from the train station to Chicheley Hall.

Bicycles may be left in the old stables at Chicheley Hall.


There is one exterior step followed by another two steps into the main house via the side doors. A ramp is available.

The Wolfson Centre and the three meeting rooms in the main house are all wheelchair accessible, as are the sitting room, bar and Winton rooms.

There is a lift to the first and second floors of main house and there are two bedrooms which are allocated for wheelchair use.

For dining, there are two steps down into the Grand Hall. A ramp is available.

There is an accessible toilet in the Wolfson atrium and another on the ground floor of the main house.

About the Kavli Royal Society International Centre

In 2010 the Royal Society acquired Chicheley Hall in Buckinghamshire with support from The Kavli Foundation. The building is named The Kavli Royal Society International Centre in recognition of the Royal Society’s gratitude to the Kavli Foundation.


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