Opening times


Sign & Digital UK 2019 will be held in halls 3 & 3A at the NEC 


Tuesday 2 April 2019
10:00 - 17:00


Wednesday 3 April 2019
10:00 - 17:00


Thursday 4 April 2019
10:00 - 16:30



Getting to the NEC

By Bus or Coach

By Bus or Coach

From Birmingham Airport you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link, which takes just 90 seconds and runs every two minutes.

If you are travelling from the West Midlands area, there are numerous options that will get you to the NEC. Visit Network West Midland for more details.

By Train


The NEC is located a five-minute walk away from Birmingham International Railway Station and direct services run all day. For more information on train travel, visit National Rail. If travelling by Virgin Trains, get 20% off advanced fares from their website 

By Car


You’ll find the NEC clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes  just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav. When you arrive at the NEC don’t follow your satnav anymore, look out for the signs to Sign & Digital UK. For parking options, visit the NEC website

By Plane


Birmingham Airport is just 90 seconds away from the NEC via the free air-rail link to Birmingham International Railway Station located at the upper level of Terminal 1. The train runs every two minutes.

NEC facilities

Bank and cash points

You’ll find portable cash dispensers (withdrawal fees apply) around the venue, while free NatWest and HSBC ATMs can be found at the train station.

Car parking

The NEC has 16,500 spaces available. Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by the NEC traffic team to get you to the right car park area for Sign & Digital UK. Once you’ve parked, you can either take a free shuttle bus or walk to the hall using the sign posted footpaths. Standard parking is charged at £16 per day by the NEC, however you can pre-book online (before midnight the day before you want to park) from £12 per day. Please visit:

Chaplaincy and prayer room

There is a prayer room available on the Piazza (located between Halls 1 and 2), for consultation and support. Inside the room you’ll find washing facilities, prayer mats and holy books, many of which have been generously donated by representatives of local faiths. 

Cloakrooms and lost property

Bags, coats and luggage can be left in the NEC cloakrooms, which can be found adjacent to the halls. Items are charged at £1 each (cash only). In the interests of safety and security, overnight storage is not possible. Sorry.

Disabled services

Wheelchairs are available free of charge for blue badge holders and £5 for all other visitors. The number of wheelchairs available is limited, so we strongly advise if you have your own and are able to, please bring it with you.

Scooters are £15 per hire for all visitors.

We strongly advise visitors to pre-book equipment to avoid disappointment. A telephone booking line is available Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 16:00 on +44 (0)121 780 4141 (option 2, then option 7). Or alternatively, please email

All pre-bookings will be held until 11:00 on the day booked for, unless otherwise advised.

For any visitors who have not pre-booked equipment and arrive on the day, any remaining stock will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. As collection varies from event to event, please check the collection point when making a booking.

Mobility equipment hire is only available during event open times and only card payment is accepted for any equipment hired.

Mobile charging

The NEC offer secure mobile charging units in the Piazza and Atrium. Compatible with most major models, charging costs £1.50 for 30 minutes, £2.00 for 50 minutes or £3.00 for 90 minutes.

Shuttle buses and taxis

The NEC runs free shuttle buses continuously around the site and car parks during exhibitions, usually starting one hour before and finishing one hour after the exhibition. You’ll find operating times listed on all our bus stops. If you’d rather walk from the car park, simply follow our finger post signage.

If you’re looking for a black cab, you’ll find NEC's partners TOA Taxis outside the Piazza main entrance, Atrium 1 entrance and Atrium 3 entrance when shows are taking place at the NEC. To book simply call 0121 427 8888 or 0800 0142 729.


All visitors to the NEC can connect to WiFi across the entire venue completely free of charge. However, we recommend the service is for checking emails and posting on social media etc,  not for streaming. If you’re unsure how to connect, or experience any difficulties, just head to the Visitor and Business Centres and they’ll get you surfing the web in no time.

Hotel accommodation for Sign & Digital UK

Discounted hotel accommodation 

We’ve partnered with specialist accommodation agency Event Express to provide discounted hotel accommodation exclusively for Sign & Digital UK. But hurry – availability is extremely limited and these preferential rates are selling out fast!

If you’re unsure of your requirements just yet, Event Express have also negotiated flexible cancellation terms, so you can make any amendments and cancellations until closer to the event date. Please note that the discounted hotel prices are subject to availability, so we strongly recommend booking sooner rather than later to guarantee your preferred hotel. For more information or to make an enquiry, please contact Event Express directly on +44 (0)1905 732 737, or email Alternatively, you can click here to book your accommodation online.

Visa Information

If you are not a British citizen or a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), you will require a visa to travel to the United Kingdom.

Once registered for the show, the confirmation email can be used to apply for your visa, but Sign & Digital UK does not provide visa invitation letters for prospective visitors under any circumstances. If you require further information regarding visas please visit the UK Border Agency website or contact your local Embassy.

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