Dhamma Dīpa and Dhamma Padhāna office telephone number:
+44 (0)1989 730234
If you have any questions about travelling to the centre, please write to:
All nationals of the European Union will not need a visa for tourist trips to the UK of short duration (less than six months). People making short business trips will also be exempt from visa requirements in the UK (simple professional visits, training, conferences, seminars, etc.).
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From 1 January 2021, most visitors from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland may need to pay for NHS healthcare.
Until 1 October 2021, it will still be possible to enter UK territory with a valid identity card or passport. After this date, the identity card will no longer be sufficient to cross the Channel and you will need to have a passport.
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Travel to Dhamma Dīpa and and Dhamma Padhāna might be affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please refer to your course confirmation letter regarding travel arrangements and make sure you have the latest travel information.
If you are travelling to the UK from overseas please read this important information Vipassana Meditators.
For information about up-to-date UK government requirements in terms of travelling to the UK please click HERE .
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All students are asked to arrive between 2 and 5 pm on the day the course begins. After registration is completed, a light meal and orientation will precede the start of the course.
The course will end at approximately 7:30 am on the last day of the course. All new students, as well as old (returning) students taking a full course, are required to remain until the very end of the course. Part-time old students will not be permitted to leave on metta day, the tenth full day, except in case of emergency or by prior arrangement with the assistant teacher(s).
There are several routes to the centres. All routes will eventually take you either to Ross-on-Wye (7 miles), Hereford (10 miles) or Gloucester (25 miles), the three nearest towns/cities.
The Vipassana Trust organises a direct coach service from Gloucester to Dhamma Dīpa/Dhamma Padhāna on the starting and finishing day of every course. Otherwise you can use a bus or taxi from either city (details below).
There is plenty of car-parking space at the centre.
The nearest postcode is HR28NG but it is better to use the address Dhamma Dipa Vipassana Meditation Centre, Pencoyd, St Owens Cross.
You can also use these coordinates: Latitude: 51.937 / Longitude: -2.718 (equivalent to North 51 degrees 56 minutes 2 seconds, West 2 degrees 43 minutes 0 seconds).
The Vipassana Trust organises a coach service on the starting and finishing day of every course between Gloucester and Dhamma Dipa/Dhamma Padhana. The coaches leaves from Gloucester train station. (Note that this is not Gloucester Road Underground station in London). The railway station is 100 metres walk from the town's coach station.
For Dhamma Dipa courses, there will be two coaches, the first departing at 3.45pm and the second departing at 4.00pm.
For Dhamma Padhana courses, there will be one coach departing at 3.45pm.
At the end of the course, the return coach will leave at 9.00am from Dhamma Dipa/Dhamma Padhana and arrive at Gloucester train station around 10am. At the end of 3-day courses the coach leaves at 5pm and arrives in Gloucester around 6pm.
It is a non-refundable return (two-way) ticket and the cost is £22+booking fees. This is payable online by credit card, debit card or PayPal. No single fares are available.
Important: this ticket must be shown to the driver. There is no refund if you cannot travel or miss the coach for any reason.
Ticket booking closes at 10am, the day of the start of the course. If you have not booked a ticket by then, you will have to use a local bus or taxi.
For return journeys to Gloucester, Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Heathrow etc., you can also share a local taxi with other people at a preferential rate (and at a different time from the return coach). More information will be put up on the last day of the course, when you will be able to make arrangements.
For long courses only (twenty-, thirty-, and forty-five-day courses) there is also a coach service on the day before the start day of the course, leaving Gloucester later in the afternoon. You will be given details about this by email after you have been accepted on your course.
If you wish to buy a ticket for the Gloucester coach service, Click here. direPlease do not contact the centre directly about this coach service – if you have any questions about travel to the centre, please email [email protected]
Having arrived in:
From either direction on the 33 or 32 bus, ask to be let off at the Harewood End Inn bus stop.
For local bus timetables visit: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/plan-a-journey Please note that Harewood End Inn stop is between Peterstow and Kingshorne bus stops.
The local bus stop is Harewood End Inn.
On the starting day of courses, the centre car will come and pick you up from the Harewood End Inn bus stop. Please do not attempt to walk from here.
In order to arrange this, please call the centre before getting on the bus (in Hereford or Gloucester) on 01989 730234 or use the freephone number 0800 9177377 to tell the centre managers what bus you are arriving on, so that a car can be ready to collect you. If you don’t have a mobile/cell phone you can use any public phone using the freephone number 0800 9177377 – no cash or card required. If you are unable to call before getting on the bus in Gloucester or Hereford, you can use the public phone booth when you arrive at Harewood End Inn bus stop, which is located opposite the Harewood End Inn. However, please be warned that it may not be possible for centre staff to arrange an immediate pick-up at short notice, meaning there may be a delay in picking you up.
Please do not disturb the owners of the Harewood End Inn or the neighbouring homes by asking to use their phone, and please wait for the centre car on the opposite side of the road from the inn.
There are arrangements with local taxi companies to offer special rates for people coming to Dhamma Dīpa or Dhamma Padhāna from various points on the journey, long or short-distance.
Taxis should always be booked in advance to avoid an initial delay in the pick-up. The companies have a variety of different-sized vehicles, so if more than one person books a taxi at a similar time of day they will group them together so the cost can be shared.
For more information or to pre-book a taxi contact:
If you prefer not to share a taxi please notify them at the time of booking.
London has five main airports:
Heathrow is closest and most convenient for Dhamma Dīpa/Dhamma Padhāna.
Flights to Stansted and Luton are usually less expensive, although the extra distance will add a few hours to your journey.
National Express Coaches run regularly between airports.
National Express Coaches offer services from these smaller airports to Gloucester. Go to the National Express Coaches website to find coach times.
Birmingham airport has its own railway station – Birmingham International station – from which you can catch a train to Gloucester or Hereford. You may need to change at Birmingham New Street.
From Bristol airport there is a coach to Bristol Temple Meads railway station from where there are regular trains to Gloucester.
Cardiff airport: a rail link connects Rhoose Cardiff airport station to Cardiff Central station. There are regular trains from Cardiff Central to Hereford and Gloucester. For further information about trains, see the National Rail Enquiries website.
The simplest and cheapest way to get to Dhamma Dīpa/Dhamma Padhāna from London Heathrow is by coach. Coaches run from other London airports to Heathrow, at least once an hour. See the National Express for coach times to Gloucester.
Please note: a return ticket only costs a little more than a single, and considerably less than a single each way.
Heathrow Central Bus station is located between Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and above the Underground railway station. To get there from Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 there are free rail services called Heathrow Express and TfL Rail (formerly Heathrow Connect).
Both airports have local stations with single-change rail services to Hereford. There is a good service back from Hereford to Liverpool airport on a Sunday morning.
For further information about trains, see National Rail Enquiries.
Eurostar trains from Paris, Lille and Brussels arrive in London at St Pancras International station.
From central London, trains travel from Paddington to Gloucester or Hereford (see National Rail Enquiries). The Circle line of the Underground (the Tube) connects St Pancras to Paddington.
Alternatively, from Victoria coach station you can catch a National Express coach to Gloucester or Ross-on-Wye, or one of the cheap services offered by Megabus between Victoria coach station and Gloucester.
To get from St Pancras to Victoria coach station, take the Underground (Victoria line) to Victoria railway station. Note that the coach station is about ten minutes’ walk south of the railway station along Buckingham Palace Road.
It is sometimes possible to get a lift by car with other students.
At the end of the course there is a coach service leaving the centre at 9 am and arriving at Gloucester railway station around 10 am.
At the end of three-day courses the coach leaves at 5 pm.
The fare for the Gloucester coach service is £17 + booking fees per person. This covers travel to and from the centre. Single (one-way) tickets are not available.
If you wish to buy a ticket for the Gloucester coach service, Click here.
For the return journey to Gloucester, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford or Heathrow after your course, you can also share a local taxi with other people at a preferential rate at a different time. More information will be put up on the last day of the course, so you will be able to make arrangements then.
Public transport for courses ending Monday–Saturday is reasonably good. Local buses run from the Harewood End Inn bus stop to Hereford and Gloucester.
On Sundays public transport is poor, with local buses not starting until the end of the morning. For the times of coaches to Heathrow leaving from Gloucester, visit National Express.
Day 0 bus pick-ups from Harewood End:
+44 (0) 800 9177377 (free from phone box)
For general use:
+44 (0)1989 730234
If you have any questions about travelling to the centre, please email:
Info for Dhamma Dīpa or Dhamma Padhāna.
Coach booking - Gloucester to DD/DP
Local Buses (32 & 33)
+44 (0)1432 260211
S&R Taxis (for Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye):
+44 (0)1989 566246 / 566100
Blue Line Taxis (for Hereford and UK Airports):
+44 (0)1432 343435