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 provide free shuttle bus services to and from the following open day locations:
- Park and ride from The Mall, Cribbs Causeway to the University campus
- Park and ride from The Mall, Cribbs Causeway to student residences at Stoke Bishop
- University campus to student residences at Stoke Bishop
- University main campus to Langford campus (veterinary subjects only)
Please use the free bus services or public transport to get to the University on open day.
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. There is no parking for open day visitors at any of our student residences.
Stewards 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 (16 and 17 June, 9 September). If you are visiting at another time, please see the University's main maps and travel information page.
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 bus leaving Woodland Road for Bristol Temple Meads at 5 pm. At busy times there may be a short wait for this service.
Stewards will be at the station to help with queries and register your arrival.
Great Western Railway are offering a 20% discount on Advance Purchase fares for journeys taken within the GWR network between Saturday 10 and Sunday 18 June 2017. Open day visitors can take advantage of the offer via the open day-specific GWR booking page, subject to the following conditions.
- the discount can be used by more than one passenger, provided the tickets are booked at the same time;
- the discount can be combined with a railcard. Simply tick the box on the page by 'Passengers' and select from the drop down box;
- the offer is only available for travel to stations on the GWR network map (PDF, 490kB) between the specified dates;
- the destination must be relevant to the University (Bristol Temple Meads or Bristol Parkway);
- Advance Purchase tickets have set times and dates of travel, are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
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 also be available from stewards at the station and from the main registration point.
The University's shuttle bus service from Temple Meads will only be operating on the open days (16 and 17 June, 9 September). If you are visiting at another time, please see the University's main maps and travel information.
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.
From Bristol Airport
Bristol Airport offers direct flights to a number of European destinations and has connecting flights (for example, via Paris or Amsterdam) to many more cities 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 'by train' section 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.
Walking directions (Google maps)
- from Bristol Bus and Coach Station to the main registration point
- from the main registration point to Beacon House
- from the main registration point to the Students' Union, Richmond Building
- from the main registration point to Wills Memorial Building
- from the Students' Union, Richmond Building to Clifton accommodation
- from Wills Memorial Building to City Centre Living accommodation
Please allow at least 15 minutes to transfer between activities on the main University campus.
University of Bath open days
As you may be aware, the University of Bath will be holding an open day on Friday 16 June 2017. Where possible, we would encourage applicants who are interested in both universities to take the time to engage in a full open day at each institution; this will give you the best opportunity to see what each has to offer.
If you are planning to visit both Bristol and Bath open days during one day we would suggest you use public transport, as opposed to car. The roads in both cities can become extremely busy on open day and travelling between them can take much longer than anticipated. The journey time between Bath Spa and Temple Meads stations by train is just over 10 minutes, while on open day a free bus service runs from Temple Meads to the main campus at Bristol.
Booking for 2017 open days
You can now book online for our June open days.
You can book for our open day on 9 September from 9 am on Wednesday 26 July.
Copies of the undergraduate prospectus and course leaflets will be available at the Welcome stand in the open day exhibition.