Bristol Visitor information


An Introduction to Bristol

Bristol is home to many things, the creators of Wallace and Gromit, the concorde and many bridges.Bristol, though an old city, has established an important creative scene for art, music and new media.

Bristol Attractions

In 'Old Bristol', The Palladian Corn Exchange, built in 1743, boasts a clock on its frontage that ingeniously tells time both in GMT and the old Bristol time. Nearby is the Castle Park housing the ruins of the castle. Up into Clifton there is the suspension bridge and fairly upmarket housing to admire with Clifton Downs to appreciate Bristol from. The Theatre Royal is the oldest continually operating theatre in England and the building itself is a Grade 1 listed building. The city has its own zoo, where a large variety of creatures are housed both here and in the aquarium. Bristol also has a large number of live music venues after the music scene grew rapidly after the 1970's. Around Bristol there are many historic houses and galleries that are open to the public.

Other attractions to visit include - 

Bristol Balloons - Why not treat your partner, family or a friend (or yourself!) to a brilliant champagne hot air balloon ride a superb gift experience that will be eagerly awaited and remembered for years to come. Take a balloon flight from the Ashton Court estate, on the edge of the city. Depending on wind direction you might fly over The Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Harbourside, The SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo, St Mary Redcliffe Church, Blaise Castle House or Tyntesfield House!

Getting to Bristol

By Air

Bristol has a large international airport, with operators flying into Bristol from 112 different countries. It is 8 miles away from the city and easily accessible via the A38 or through the train and bus services that run to the city centre.

By Car

Bristol has easy road access from London, less than two hours, as well as from the north and east of England, as it is situated at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways.

If you require car hire during your stay, please click here.

By Rail

Bristol Temple Meads railway station managed by First Great Western is the largest rail hub in the west of England, with direct services available from London, Scotland, Wales, Manchester and Birmingham.

By Coach

National Rail serves from all around the country to Bristol, under a two hour journey from London. Once in Bristol, the city has plenty of fast and convenient bus services available from many locations such as Bristol Temple Meads train station and the city centre. The main bus operators are First.