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.
For information about how to get to the University and to help find your way around campus, download our print-friendly maps and travel guide and bring it with you on the day.
Where to stay
Travel directions to the main campus
Car (park and ride)
Parking in the city is very limited and can be expensive. We encourage you to use the University's free park and ride service from The Mall at Cribbs Causeway shopping centre, which is clearly visible as you leave the M5 motorway at junction 17.
Please follow the blue road signs for the University of Bristol open day park and ride to Coach Park H. For Sat Nav users the postcode for the whole site at The Mall is BS34 5DG. Head towards the Marks and Spencer end of the complex.
Please allow at least an hour for this service.
Coaches from The Mall to the University, with the option to go via student halls at Stoke Bishop, will be available every 10 to 15 minutes from 8.30 am. The last coach leaves the University at 5 pm.
Stewards in red T-shirts will be at The Mall to help with queries and register your arrival.
The University park and ride service will only be operating on open days (19 and 20 June and 12 September). If you are visiting at other times, please see the University's main maps and travel information.
There are two main train stations in Bristol: Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. The University is much closer to Bristol Temple Meads, and we recommend you arrive at this station. There are hourly trains from London Paddington; the journey takes around 1 hour 40 minutes.
A free shuttle bus service from Bristol Temple Meads to the University (Woodland Road) will operate every 10 to 15 minutes from 8.30 am throughout the day, with the last shuttle leaving Woodland Road for Bristol Temple Meads at 5 pm. At busy times there may be a short wait for this service.
Stewards in red T-shirts will be at the station to help with queries and register your arrival.
The University's shuttle bus service from Temple Meads will only be operating on open days (19 and 20 June and 12 September). If you are visiting at other times, please see the University's main maps and travel information.
City bus services 8 and 9 operate between Bristol Temple Meads and the University. The number 8 stops by the Berkeley pub on Queen's Road opposite the Wills Memorial Building, while the number 9 continues from the Berkeley pub up towards Tyndall Avenue.
Please allow 30 - 45 minutes for these bus journeys in the morning and up to 90 minutes for the return journey due to rush hour traffic. During rush hour there can be severe delays as the routes go directly through the city centre.
The University is a 30-minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads station (please note that the route is quite steep and uneven in places). The route is marked on our walking map, which will be available from stewards at the station and from the registration point if you would like to collect one for your return journey.
Bristol Bus and Coach Station has direct National Express services between most UK cities. It is located in the centre of Bristol, close to the University campus; you can either take a taxi (the taxi rank is outside the bus station) or walk to the University (this takes about 15 minutes; please note that the route is quite steep in places).
From Bristol Airport
Bristol Airport has direct flights to a wide range of countries and, as a KLM/Air France hub, has connecting flights (via Paris or Amsterdam) to many more. The airport is nine miles (13 km) south of the city, along the A38. The Bristol International Flyer service, bus service A1, runs approximately every ten minutes at peak times between the airport and Temple Meads Train Station and Bristol Bus and Coach Station. Please allow at least 90 minutes to get from the airport to the main campus.
From London Heathrow
There is a direct National Express Coach Service between Heathrow and Bristol. Alternatively, you can take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington and a Great Western train from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads station. For information on how to get from Bristol Temple Meads to the University please see how to get here by train (above).
Getting around on the day
If you are planning to visit student residences, please see our visits to accommodation page for travel times and shuttle bus information.
Google map walking directions
- Walking directions: Main University campus to Students' Union
- Walking directions: Coach station to The Hawthorns
- Walking directions: The Hawthorns to the Wills Memorial Building
- Walking directions: The Hawthorns to the Victoria Rooms
- Walking directions: The Hawthorns to the Richmond Building
- Walking directions: Wills Memorial Building to the Victoria Rooms
- Walking directions: Victoria Rooms to the Richmond Building
- Walking directions: Wills Memorial Building to City centre living (student accommodation)
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 Students' Union.
The open day maps and travel guide will be available soon.
On Saturday 20 June there will be road closures in and around the city centre due to a bike race event. Please allow plenty of extra time to get to/from Bristol Temple Meads train station and the main campus. We advise you to avoid driving into the city completely on this day and to only use our park and ride service.
Please visit the BBC Travel Bristol website on the day for live travel information.
To help you avoid any traffic congestion, please use the following websites:
Travel to our Langford campus is on our Veterinary subjects page.
While exploring the city, don’t worry if you can’t make our last 5pm shuttle buses back to Cribbs Causeway Park and Ride or Bristol Temple Meads train station.
First bus offers free travel to open day visitors on these services:
- Services 1, 2 and 41 between the city centre and Cribbs Causeway
- Services 8 and 9 along the entire route from the University to Bristol Temple Meads train station
Please show your open day booking letter to the driver.
For more information please see the bus timetables on the First website.
Young people (16-21) and students (of any age if in full time education) can get a 30% discount on all tickets across the West of England, including First bus services.