Local information

Events around Bristol

  • This year, Brisfest will take place over two days from September 22 to 23 at Ashton Court Estate. The festival announced its move from the harbourside to its ‘spiritual home’ of Ashton Court earlier this year, increasing its capacity to 20,000 people and allowing organisers to put on a bigger, better festival.

    There will be 11 stages to choose from at the festival, and headlining the weekend will be Hip Hop legends De La Soul, alongside Hawkwind, Beardyman and Roni Size. They top the bill on a line-up which features an eclectic mix of over 300 acts representing the best musical talent from all over the South West including Babyhead, Laid Blak and Dr Meaker.

    More information can be found at http://www.brisfest.co.uk

  • More events and activities can be found at http://visitbristol.co.uk/things-to-do/

Flying to Bristol

Options for flying to the UK

  • Bristol Airport is the UK’s fastest growing regional airport, and is situated 8 miles south of the city centre. The Airport express link services A1 & A2 provide high quality, frequent travel to and from Bristol airport to the city centre for approximately £6 one way, or £10 return.
  • London Heathrow offers coaches to Bristol coach station which take approximately 2 hours. Alternatively, you can travel by rail by taking the Heathrow Express to London Paddington (15mins) , followed by a train to Bristol Temple Meads (1hr45).
  • London Gatwick also connects to Bristol by rail by taking the Gatwick Express to London Victoria (30mins), travelling on the Circle underground line to London Paddington (15mins), followed by an overground train to Bristol Temple Meads (1hr45).

Other region airports (Birmingham, Manchester, London Stansted) are available, but have a longer travel time once in the UK to reach Bristol.

Please allow plenty of time for connections and transfers between services.


Arriving by Rail

Bristol is serviced by 3 railway stations: Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway and Bristol Airport Station. The best option is to travel to Bristol Temple Meads, which is situated approximately 15 minutes walk from the city centre, or 25 minutes from the university. There are frequent bus services which travel from Temple Meads to the coach station, the university and the city centre.

Bus services number 8 and 9, which can be boarded at Temple Meads, travel directly to the University’s landmark, Wills Memorial Building. The stop is just opposite the entrance to Wills Memorial Building, with a day ticket (Bristol zone 1-2) with which you can take any bus in Bristol, costing £4. A single ticket from Bristol Temple Meads train station to Wills Memorial Building costs £1.90.

Taxis are also available just outside Temple Meads, with a standard fare to the university costing approximately £9.


Please remember that in the UK cars are driven on the left side of the road. Please check traffic lights and both directions of traffic before crossing the road.


Additional information for travelling to Bristol and the UK

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