Your Bristol guide
Located along the picturesque River Avon, Bristol has an irresistible charm that captivates visitors from near and far. This vibrant city, mixed with both history and modern energy, offers a range of experiences that will appeal to travelers of all interests. Bristol's rich maritime heritage is evident in its bustling harborside, where historic ships share the water with contemporary art installations. Renowned for its thriving cultural scene, Bristol boasts many museums, galleries, and theaters, showcasing everything from ancient artifacts to cutting-edge performances. From the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge to the colorful streets of Stokes Croft; Bristol's eclectic architecture provides a visual feast at every turn. Moreover, its dynamic culinary landscape, fueled by an abundance of local markets and artisanal producers, ensures that every palate is wowed. Whether exploring its vibrant street art scene, embarking on a leisurely boat trip down the River Avon, or simply soaking in the laid-back atmosphere of its bustling cafes and pubs, Bristol beckons travelers with its endless array of delights.
There are endless reasons to visit Bristol. Check out our top 3 picks as to why you should plan your next journey here!
- Suspension Bridge Marvel - The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is one of Bristol's most iconic landmarks. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it is a marvel of engineering and offers stunning views of the city.
- Wallace & Gromit - The beloved animated characters Wallace and Gromit were created by Bristol-based animator Nick Park. Aardman Animations, the studio behind the iconic duo, is headquartered in the city.
- Hot Air Balloon Capital - Bristol hosts one of the largest hot air balloon festivals in Europe, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Held annually in August, the fiesta features mass ascents of colourful balloons filling the sky.
Bristol has two main railway stations: Bedminster and Bristol Temple Meads.
Bedminster railway station will facilitate passenger travel from Cardiff to Bristol or from Plymouth, Exeter, or Penzanz. Platforms 1, 2, and 3 all have ramped access and there is level access to the main entrance of the station.
An important note: this station is not staffed so assistance cannot be obtained from the station itself. Most services will be run by Great Western Railway (GWR) so passengers who seek assistance are advised to contact GWR. This can be done by following the link https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/travel-information/operators/great-western-railway/ or calling 08001971329 to discuss assisted travel. You can also download the route map to locate step-free access routes.
Another important note: there are no disabled toilets at this station. For more information, including photos of the ramps and station, please refer to the AccessAble guide
Bristol Temple Meads railway station is Bristol’s oldest railway and will provide passengers with links to London, Portsmouth, Salisbury, and Leeds. This station has lift access to all platforms and most facilities. Should you need assistance, staff members are available. If you would like to call in advance to ask for assistance you can do so on 0800 022 3720. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets on site and can be found on the map at the station.
For more information about the rail station as well as their accessibility, please visit the website https://www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/passengers/our-stations/bristol-temple-meads/.
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