RILD Building

RILD Building

Welcome to the RILD (Research Innovation Learning & Development) Building

The RILD is a state-of-the-art facility that houses a number of seminar rooms, a lecture theatre and specialist medical training rooms. These rooms are available for hire for both NHS and non-NHS organisations.

The RILD is located and situated close to Exeter City centre, making it an ideal location for visitors and conference attendees. The RILD centre is easy to find, with excellent local transport links and overnight accommodation just a short walking distance away.

Whether it is two or 130 people, RILD is the perfect location to have that meeting, seminar or conference.

More about us

Room hire

Room rentals are available seven days a week, including evenings and weekends.

We have a large variety of different-sized rooms, all fully accessible, and all with AV and interactive whiteboards, with Wi-Fi available throughout. There is a dedicated team on hand to help, and refreshments and catering are available on request.

Team Building

We can also arrange a host of away-day packages to incorporate various team building activities.

Getting here

The RILD Building is located at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) - the building's address and postcode is:

RILD Building
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)
Barrack Road

Our hospital site

The hospital is based on a large site, housing many of our acute clinical services and specialist centres. We have a map of the main Wonford site.

Park and Ride

Our park and ride service offers a convenient and easy alternative to driving and parking at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) site. Simply park for free at the Sowton Park and Ride site and buy your ticket onboard the PR3/SPR3 bus.

The Sowton Park and Ride site is located on Sidmouth Road, near Junction 30 of the M5, to the east of the city. The postcode is EX2 5GL and its location is highlighted on the map below.

Click here for the latest Park and Ride timetable

The buses go directly to the Wonford site, stopping at the RILD (Research Innovation Learning & Development) building, the RD&E Hospital's main entrance, and the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC). The buses also stop at the Digby Park and Ride site, which provides parking for staff only.

The Park and Ride is one of the most cost-effective forms of transport, with an adult return costing £2 (£1.50 single) and a child return costing £1 (80p single). 

A return ticket is only £1.50 for all English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) pass holders.

Public transport

The hospital is easily accessible using public transport and other sustainable means of travel.

We are well served by local bus routes, from across Devon. A number of services stop at the hospital, whereas others require a connection with a local bus route from Exeter City Centre.

Both the main Exeter train stations, St Davids and Exeter Central, are around three miles from the hospital and are served by buses that travel directly to our site.

For help planning your journey and the latest timetables please visit the websites below:


The hospital site is around one and a half miles from Exeter City centre and takes approximately 30 minutes on foot.


Bike paths run throughout Exeter and the hospital site is easily accessible by bike. Bicycle parking is available across the site, particularly outside the main hospital entrance.

Car parking

Car parking on site is limited, with a number of paid car parks, which are highlighted on the map of our car parks. We encourage visitors to use public transport and other sustainable means of travel whenever possible (see the sections above for details).

Under section 7 of the Health and Medicines Act 1988 Hospitals were permitted and encouraged to introduce Income Generation schemes, to fund their services.

Our patient and visitor car parks are now controlled by Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras (ANPR), which will capture vehicle registrations on entry. Users simply enter their registration at the car park terminal when they return to their cars at the end of their hospital visit, and pay for the time used. Payment can be made with cash, card or contactless, or via mobile phone app. Please note the payment machines do not give change.

Car registrations are recorded only for the purposes of car park charging, and are used in compliance with Data Protection laws.

Car parking charges

  • Up to 2 Hours: £2.50
  • Up to 3 Hours: £3.50
  • Up to 4 Hours: £4.50
  • Up to 5 Hours: £5.50
  • Up to 6 Hours: £6.50
  • Up to 7 Hours: £7.50
  • 7-24 Hours: £12.50

Weekly tickets are available from the General Office, Main Entrance for patients/visitors £26.00

These charges are in operation 24/7

Entitled to free parking?

If you are currently entitled to free parking at the hospital, this will continue to be the case.

Blue Badge Holders: Simply take your Blue Badge to a reception desk on entering the hospital, and your vehicle registration will be registered for free parking. You will not need to do anything further on leaving the car park.

Volunteer drivers: Will be able to register for a 12 month permit via the staff Parking Portal, but in the meantime, you can just check your vehicle registration number in at a reception desk.

Carers and parents with children in hospital overnight: Register your vehicle at reception or at Bramble ward

Patients visiting on a regular basis for treatment i.e. Oncology, Haematology, Renal and Diabetes departments: When you attend your department reception as normal, please give the reception staff your vehicle registration number and vehicle details and they will add your vehicle to the exemption list.


The RILD has its own restaurant available. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.

For details about what other facilities are available on the Wonford site, please visit the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) page.

Contact details

To hire a room, or if you’d like a tour of the RILD Conference Centre, please contact or call 01392 408111.

Last updated: May 14, 2024.