Maps and travel

We advise you not to book travel or accommodation until you have received your booking confirmation email.

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

A print-friendly map and travel guide, with information about how to get to the University and find your way around the campus, will be available to download from this page later this month.

Getting to the main campus

By 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 black and yellow road signs for the University of Bristol open day park and ride to Coach Park H, which is near the Marks and Spencer end of The Mall. Sat nav users should use postcode BS34 5DG.

Coaches from The Mall to the University, with the option to go via student halls of residence at Stoke Bishop, will be available every 10 to 15 minutes from 8.30 am. The last coach leaves the University at 5 pm. Please allow at least an hour for this service.

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 the open days (17 and 18 June, 9 September). If you are visiting at another time, please see the University's main maps and travel information.

By train

Bristol has two mainline railway stations. Bristol Temple Meads is two miles from the University and much closer than Bristol Parkway. 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 campus (Woodland Road) will operate every 10-15 minutes from 8.30 am, 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 the open days (17 and 18 June, 9 September). If you are visiting at another time, please see the University's main maps and travel information.

First 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 you will be able to download from this page to bring with you on the day. Copies will be available from stewards at the station and from the main registration point.

By coach/bus

National Express and other coach/bus operators run direct services to Bristol Bus and Coach Station from most UK cities. The bus station is on Marlborough Street in the centre of Bristol, near to the University. You can take a taxi to the University from outside the bus station, or walk, which will take about 15 minutes and involves an uphill climb.

By plane

From Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport offers direct flights to a number of European destinations and, as a KLM/Air France hub, has connecting flights (via Paris or Amsterdam) to many more worldwide. The airport is eight miles (13 km) south of the city, along the A38. The Airport Flyer Express bus (service A1) runs approximately every ten minutes at peak times between the airport and Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Bus and Coach Station. Please allow at least 90 minutes to get from the airport to the main University campus.

From London Heathrow

There is a direct National Express coach service between London Heathrow and Bristol. Alternatively, you can take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington and a Great Western Railway train from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads station. For information on how to get from Bristol Temple Meads to the University please see the Train section above.

Please allow at least 15 minutes to transfer between activities on the main University campus.

Traffic and travel

Please refer to 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.

Veterinary subjects

Visit the veterinary subjects page to find out how to get to our Langford campus.

Free bus travel

If you decide to explore the city, don’t panic if you can’t make the last buses back to Cribbs Causeway park and ride or Temple Meads train station at 5pm. 

First bus offers free travel all day to open day visitors on these services:

  • Services 1 and 2 between Bristol Temple Meads and Cribbs Causeway via the city centre
  • Services 3 and 4 between the City Centre and Cribbs Causeway 
  • Services 8 and 9 between Bristol Temple Meads and Redland/Clifton via the city centre

Please show your open day booking letter to the driver. For more information, visit the First website.

Young people (aged 16-21) and students (of any age if in full-time education) get a 30 per cent discount on all First bus tickets across the West of England.

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