Maps and travel

We advise you not to book travel or accommodation before you receive your booking confirmation email.

Each of our open days attracts over 15,000 visitors. The University is based in Clifton in the heart of the city of Bristol; some of the roads around the campus will be closed to vehicles and parking close by is extremely limited. We advise you use the free University open day park and ride service, or public transport.

Where to stay

If you need to book overnight accommodation when visiting the open day, please visit our where to stay page and our information about the city.

Travel directions to the main campus

Getting around on the day

Please remember to allow at least 15 minutes to transfer between activities in the main University campus and at least 20 minutes to get to the open day exhibition and Students' Union.

Please note, the Physiology subject talks at 12.15pm and 3.15pm have been moved from School of Chemistry (map ref 12) to Coutts lecture theatre, on the third floor of Wills Memorial Building (map ref 26). Please print the Physiology talk location map (PDF, 1,894kB) and bring with you on the day to follow the route between the Physiology display in Medical Teaching Labs (map ref 13) and Wills Memorial Building (map ref 26).

If you are planning to visit student residences, please see our Visits to accommodation page for travel times and shuttle bus information.

Use our open day Google map of the campus to help find talk locations and facilities. Walking routes from Bristol Temple Meads train station and Marlborough Street coach and bus station are shown on our Approaching the University map (PDF, 320kB).

Google map walking directions

The Universities of Bath and Bristol share the same Open Day date on Saturday 13 September 2014.  We know that some prospective students will be looking to visit both universities on that day.

Although Bath and Bristol are not far apart, we do expect traffic to be busier than normal and therefore recommend using public transport if possible when travelling between the two cities.
There is a regular train service connecting Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.  We would recommend that you use the Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington service as these trains are faster, more direct and have more coaches.  Please visit the first great western website for further information.
There are also bus shuttle services from both stations to the local university.

If you have booked to attend both universities, we recommend you allow plenty of time in between in case you experience any travel delays.

Travel notices

If you are travelling along the Long Ashton Bypass (A370), to or from the University of Bristol, your journey time may take longer than expected due to ongoing major road works. Please check the BBC travel website on the day for live travel information.

To help you avoid any traffic congestion, please use the following websites:

Walking tour

Explore the campus with our self-guided walking tour.

School and college coaches and minibuses

Please refer to our information for schools and colleges.

Travel arrangements for veterinary subject talks

If you are attending a Veterinary subject talk at our Langford campus, please follow our travel instructions for getting to Langford.