Bristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK, with excellent road, rail, bus and coach and air links.


Located in the southwest of England, Bristol not only has an active contemporary cultural life and is a beautiful city in its own right, but it also acts a doorway to some of the most beautiful parts of Britain, such as Cornwall, Snowdonia National Park in mid-Wales and the Cotswolds, including the ancient cities of Bath and Oxford.

By Air
Bristol Airport
Bristol has a large international airport, with operators flying from over 100 different countries. There are direct flights from most major European cities.

Airport Flyer Express
This bus service to Bristol City Centre runs 24 hours a day, with departures every 8 minutes at peak times.  Journey time is approx. 30 minutes. The closest stop to the Festival venue is Bristol Temple Meads train station.

By Rail
The closest train station to the Festival venue is Bristol Temple Meads, which can be reached by direct and regular services from London, Manchester and Birmingham. Journey time from London is approx. 1hr 45 mins.

The Festival venue can be reached on foot in 25 minutes, but there is also an active taxi  service.

Please note that Bristol Parkway is also a major train station, but this lies at a considerable distance from the Festival venue, so delegates should avoid getting off there

Plan your journey and buy tickets with the help of the following websites:
Great Western Railway

By Road
Bristol is situated at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways, making it easily accessible from London as well as from the north and east of England.

There are regular bus services to Bristol from London and other major cities in the UK. There is also a direct bus service from London Heathrow (approx 2 hours) and London Gatwick (approx 3.5 hours). There is also a bus service from London Stansted, but this generally involves a change at Heathrow and usually takes at least 4.5 hours.
Plan your journey and buy tickets with the help of the following websites:
National Express

The journey by car is also straightforward. Journey time from Central London (very much depending on traffic leaving the city) is approx. 2.5 hours.From the M4, exit at junction 19 (signpost to Bristol) and follow the M32 into the city centre. From the M5, exit at junction 18 and follow the A4 Portway (signpost Bristol Airport) into the city centre. There is a car park under the Bristol Millenium Square, which is very close to the Festival venue.

Bristol Tourist Information Centre
E Shed, 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX
Phone: 0906 711 2191

To find out more about travel to and within the South West of England on Travel West.
Visitors from overseas can find more about Visa and entry requirements into the UK here.