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Shrivenham Campus

The Shrivenham Campus is home to Defence Academy HQ, JSCSC, and DA-CMT. Shrivenham is situated on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border in rural surroundings near the village of Watchfield and is close to Swindon, near the M4.

Specific contact details can be found under the relevant section of Colleges and Components

Travel Information

By Road

Click for full-size mapClick for full-size mapShrivenham is 12km from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain's motorway network. We are well positioned for the rest of the country, with Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford all within an hour's drive. London is less than two hours away. 

By Rail

Swindon is just 50 minutes from London Paddington and 25 minutes from Bristol. The Great Western Trains service also links Swindon with South Wales, and other services provide easy access to the Midlands and North.

By Air

The major UK airports are easy and quick to reach. Heathrow is less than two hours by road along the M4 and the M25 has now reduced travelling time to Gatwick. There are also good rail links to the airports. Also close by are Bristol, Southampton and Cardiff airports.

Directions

From M4

  • Leave the M4 at Junction 15, taking the exit for Swindon
  • Take the 3rd exit from the dual carriageway onto the A420, signposted Swindon and Oxford
  • Follow the A420, heading for Oxford
  • Continue past the turning for Shrivenham till you reach the Watchfield roundabout – The Defence Academy is signposted
  • Take the 3rd exit (Shrivenham and Defence Academy) and at the next roundabout take the 1st exit into the Defence Academy
  • The Visitors car park is just to the right as you enter the Academy.  Please report to the gatehouse on arrival

From M5

  • Exit M5 at Junction 11a and follow the A417 towards Cirencester.
  • From Cirencester, follow the A419 south towards Swindon (approx 15 Miles) until the A420 (Oxford) turn off
  • Follow the A420, heading for Oxford
  • At the Watchfield roundabout (the Defence Academy is signposted) take the 2nd exit towards Shrivenham
  • At the next roundabout take the 1st exit into the Defence Academy
  • The Visitors car park is just to the right as you enter the Academy.  Please report to the gatehouse on arrival

From Oxford

  • From the Botley Interchange roundabout (just off the A34), follow the A420, heading for Swindon
  • Continue heading for Swindon till you reach the Watchfield roundabout where the Defence Academy is signposted
  • Take the 2nd exit and at the next roundabout take the 1st exit into the Defence Academy
  • The Visitors car park is just to the right as you enter the Academy.  Please report to the gatehouse on arrival

On Arrival

Visitors arriving at the Defence Academy should first visit the Reception building at the main entrance

  • Car parking is available in front of Reception. 
  • Photographic identification will be required and all visitors must be expected by their host on the campus. 
  • The reception desk staff will issue a temporary pass and will assist with directions to your destination on the campus.