Social Programme

Thursday 12th December 2019

When visiting England for EIBA don’t miss out a tour in Yorkshire!  Please book via the registration system.

Castle Howard and the City of York (£75 per person)

Starting off the day with a visit to Castle Howard. You will be visiting one of Britain’s finest stately homes. A magnificent historic house in the north of England, set in a thousand acres of sweeping parkland dotted with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. Castle Howard served as the film location for the US PBS blockbuster Brideshead Revisited and will be decked out for their Christmas pageant.

On this visit you can view the house, the fine art collections, the castle’s memorabilia and stories, and explore the beautiful gardens.

In the afternoon you will be transported to the City of York where you will be introduced to your City of York tour guide. You will walk along the cobbled medieval streets and view the Georgian architecture. A city where chocolate, Romans and gruesome ghost stories collide offering an eclectic mix of culture and history. Modern day meets old, there are hidden gems and unique experiences around every corner.

You will also visit York Minster, one of the world’s most exquisite cathedrals. From the handcrafted stone to the unrivalled collection of medieval stained glass you will tour this ancient building and experience this sacred journey.

Itinerary of the day  

08:30 - Mini bus from University (Parkinson Building) to Castle Howard (approx. 1 hour, 42 miles) 
10:00 - Castle Howard exploration of house and gardens 
Lunch (at own cost) at Castle Howard cafés / marquees on site 
12:45 – Mini bus to the City of York (approx. 45 mins) 
14:00 – York walking tour (90 minutes max) / York Minster Tour (1 hour max) 
16:30 – Mini bus departure  
17:30 – Approximate arrival time to the University of Leeds, Parkinson Building 

Please book both tours via the registration system.

Friday 13th December 2019

Welcome Reception, 20:30, University of Leeds, Parkinson Court Building, Leeds, LS2 9JT

The welcome reception of EIBA 2019 Leeds will be hosted in the Parkinson Building (a grade 11 listed art deco building and campanile) located at the University of Leeds. A prominent landmark in Leeds, the tower can be seen for miles around the campus, and has become synonymous with the University of Leeds. We look forward to welcoming you at this reception with drinks and canapés.

For further information on the venue and the location, please click here.

Saturday 14th December 2019

EIBA 2019 PhD Student Social Event

The EIBA 2019 Conference Team is happy to invite all PhD students and anyone who wishes to have fun to join the EIBA 2019 PhD Student Social Event on Saturday 14th of December 2019. The first part of the event – from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm – will reconcile a city walk tour with a visit to Leeds city centre’s best pubs.

Dinner will follow at Leeds Water Lane Boat House ( from 8:30 pm onwards. For the more stubborn, the night will continue along Leeds Call Lane area – one of UK’s most vibrant party area. 

The event’s meeting point is outside the main entrance of the University of Leeds Student Union (where the conference lunch and poster sessions are held – Lifton Place, LS2 9JZ – between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

At 6:30 PM the tour will start. The latecomers can join on the go at any point in time. The group’s movements will be constantly updated within the EIBA 2019 PhD Student Social Event Facebook group (Indication on how to join the group are given in the Facebook group page).

The event represents a great opportunity to meet new people and strengthen our PhD student’s community. For further information do not hesitate to email Cristian Luise – EIBA 2019 PhD Student Liaison – at: Please, note that the EIBA 2019 PhD Student Social Event is self-funded.

Sunday 15th December 2019

Gala Dinner, Royal Armouries, Armouries Dr, Leeds, LS10 1LT

18:45 - Drinks reception and canapés in the War and Tournament Gallery 
20:00 - Dinner will be served in the New Dock Hall
00:00 - Close 

The Gala dinner will take place at The Royal Armouries located at the Leeds city docks displaying arms and armour from all around the world. The Royal Armouries is one of the most important museums of its type in the world. Drinks and canapes will be served before dinner in the War and Tournament Gallery where exclusive use to EIBA guests will be given. Dinner will be served in the New Dock Hall.

Attendees of the Gala Dinner must wear their badges. 

Coach Transport

Free coach transport will be available to and from the Royal Armouries:
18:00 and 18:30 - Coach pick-ups by the layby opposite the Scarborough Taps Pub, Bishopgate Street, LS1 5DY, Leeds (next to Leeds City Train Station) (click here) to the Royal Armouries

18:00 and 18:30 - Coach pick-ups by the Parkinson Court Building, University of Leeds to the Royal Armouries

23:00, 23:30 and 00:00 - Coach pick-ups from the Royal Armouries, outside Holiday Inn Express to the layby opposite the Scarborough Taps Pub, Bishopgate Street, LS1 5DY, Leeds (next to the Leeds City Train Station).

Taxi Service

On departure from the Gala dinner, taxis can be booked by phoning Amber Cars on T. 0113 242 9600 (or download the Amber app).

The pick up address for the taxis is: Royal Armouries, Holiday Inn Express, Leeds Dock.  Approximate cost from
the Royal Armouries to Leeds City Centre is £5.

Uber – Uber is available in Leeds, Download the Uber app for iPhone or Android and sign up to request a ride.
You will be notified when your Uber has arrived. (Click here)

Car Parking 

For those driving to and from the venue there is a 'CitiPark' car park next to the Holiday Inn Express at Leeds Dock.
Click here for further information. 

For more information about the museum and venue please click here.