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Travelling to Bristol
Bristol is only an hour and half (90 minutes) by train from London and 15 minutes by train from Bath. Journey times and prices vary according to the time of day – for more information please check train timetables (telephone +44 8457 48 49 50) or download an app such as trainline.com or Rome2Rio from your smartphone app store. You can download information about travelling from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads on Brunel's Great Western Railway in Chinese, German, French, Italian and English at the bottom of this page.
The Airport is well connected to European destinations, as well as Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. The Airport Flyer Express Bus Service takes 30 minutes to reach Bristol Temple Meads railway station in the city centre.
National Express and MegaBus offer national coach services which stop in Bristol city centre.
Arriving at the Bridge
We recommend that you begin your visit in Clifton Village, cross the bridge and take in the views before you arrive at our Visitor Centre. If you are staying in Bristol city centre during your visit we recommend travelling by bus or following the Avon Trail riverside and woodland walk.
Travelling by bus?
If you are already in the city centre, it is much easier to reach us by bus. You can buy a ticket from the driver when you board (make sure you have coins to pay), buy a weekly or monthly ticket online - or dowload the First Bus mobile app to buy single tickets in advance. The free First Bus smartphone app will also help with timetable information and journey planning.
To reach us, take a No 8 circular bus from Bristol Temple Meads (BTM) railway station or at the Centre Promenade opposite the Hippodrome theatre (near the statue of Neptune.) Get off at Clifton Village or at Christ Church, Clifton. This bus journey is timetabled to go roughly every 10 minutes and will take approximately 24 minutes.
The Bridge is a short level walk from either of these bus stops.
8: BRISTOL CENTRE - CLIFTON (VIA BRISTOL ZOO): Bristol Temple Meads - Centre - Clifton - Centre - Bristol Temple Meads
X2 and X3 to Portishead stop along the A369 at the Clifton Lodge entrance of the Ashton Court Estate. It is a short walk (7 minutes) along Bridge Road to reach the Visitor Centre.
X2: BRISTOL - PORTISHEAD: Via Hotwells, Bower Ashton, Pill, Easton-in-Gordano, Sheepway, West Hill, Redcliffe Bay
X3: BRISTOL - PORTISHEAD: Via Hotwells, Bower Ashton, Sheepway, Portbury Wharf, West Hill, Redcliffe Bay
These two services provide a journey between Bristol and Portishead every 30 minutes during the daytime Monday - Friday. Where the routes combine the buses will run every 15 minutes in both directions Monday - Saturday.
Service 505 provides a Park and Ride service between Long Ashton Park & Ride site, Clifton, Bristol Zoo, Redland and Southmead Hospital. To reach us, get off at Bristol Zoo and take a scenic walk along Ladies Mile and over Observatory Hill, where you will get a great view of the bridge! The Park & Ride site is located just off the A370 traveling into Bristol from North Somerset, Postcode: BS3 2HB Parking is free if you're using the bus and you don't need to display a ticket in your car. There are 1,500 parking spaces at the Long Ashton site. The car park is locked at 2130 (Monday to Friday) 2100 (Saturday) and overnight parking is not permitted.
Bristol Insight – Open-Top Bus tour
From February to December (daily from March to October) Bristol Insight operate a hop-on, hop-off open-top bus tour at frequent intervals. Hop on the open-top bus at Bristol Temple Meads, near Bristol bus station or near Bristol City Centre. The nearest stop to the Bridge is stop 8. You can buy tickets for the bust at any stop, buy them in advance online - or get them from our shop, the Tourist Information Centre or many hotel receptions in the city at a special discount rate.
CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS STOPS City Centre Broad Quay – At Bristol & Aquarium – Hotwells – Baltic Wharf – ss Great Britain – Downs Sea Walls – Downs Ladies Mile – Bristol Zoo Gardens – Clifton Village – Victoria Square – Victoria Rooms – City Museum – Park Street – City Centre Broad Quay – Bristol Bridge Indoor Market – Cabot Circus Harvey Nicholls - Victoria Street Novotel Hotel – Bristol Temple Meads Station – St Mary Redcliffe – Prince Street – City Centre Broad Quay.
Reaching us by taxi
If you would like to travel by taxi, you can find information about types of taxi and a list of fares on the Bristol City Council website.
Information for cyclists
We're just off Route 334 of the sustrans National Cycle Network at Ashton Court. Route 334 runs north-south, to the west of Bristol, and connects Sheepway (Portbury) and Felton via Ashton Court and Long Ashton.
Crossing the Bridge on a push bike is free and there are cycle lanes on the approaches to the Bridge at both sides which allow you to bypass the toll barriers. Please be aware of traffic and lowering barriers as you merge back into traffic for your crossing. There are bike racks opposite the Visitor Centre for your convenience - and popular cycle and mountain bike trails at nearby Ashton Court.
Prefer to walk?
To reach us on foot, you can follow the Avon Trail from Bristol City Centre, Pill - or even Bath. If you enjoy shorter walks or would like to bring your dog along on your day out, put your boots on and ask us about some of the great walks in our area. We've got maps and leaflets with routes you can follow, whether you'd prefer to go across the Downs, into the woods or find a nice route back into the city centre.
Serious walkers might enjoy the Bristol Bridges Walk: a 33 mile route crossing each of Bristol's 43 bridges once each.
Our Visitor Centre can be found at Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol, BS8 3PA - but please note that the Visitor Centre does not have a dedicated car park. Parking in the bridge layby in Leigh Woods is curently suspended due to Bridgeworks.
Parking in Clifton Village is pay and display. We recommend this option as it is much easier to find a space and park safely. Use postcode BS8 4AW for your satnav (this will take you to the bridge approach at the junction of Observatory Road and Sion Hill on the furthest side of Clifton Village; it's best to park before you reach this end point).
Up to 30 minutes free of charge (please obtain a ticket from the machine)
£1 for any period up to 1 hour
£2 for any period up to 2 hours
£3 for any period up to 3 hours (maximum stay)
Parking on-street is extremely limited but free on the Leigh Woods, although there is a £1 toll charge to cross the bridge in a vehicle. Visitors are kindly requested to park with consideration to our neighbours (please do not park on the footpath or block driveways) and advised to observe the parking regulations. You can cross the bridge on foot or by bicycle free of charge.
Nearby attractions include Bristol Zoo (pay and display parking) and Clifton and Durdham Downs (free on-street parking).
Visitors with mobility issues
Due to ongoing bridgeworks, there is currently one disabled parking space next to the Leigh Woods toll booth which blue badge holders are welcome to use. The Visitor Information Centre is accessible at street level and the bridge itself is all on one level - but is 214m or 712ft long.
Read independent reviews of the Visitor Centre and see more images of the Bridge, Centre and facilities at the Disabled Go! website.
Group visits by coach
The coach drop off point is on Observatory Road, just off the Sion Hill/Bridge Road crossroads about 150 metres from the bridge (postcode BS8 4AW). There is a 20 minute drop-off and pick-up allowance.
Please note that there is a weight limit for the bridge and there is no turning space on the approach road, so do not drive past this point.
In special circumstances, groups may arrive at the Leigh Woods side of the bridge, but please speak to us in advance about this whether you have booked a tour or are on a self guided visit so that we can be waiting for you in high-vis jackets in order to direct traffic safely around your vehicle. Call 0117 974 4664 for further information.
We ask that drivers waiting for groups park at one of the following designated locations:
Parry's Lane - The Downs, (B4054) off Westbury Road, (A4018)
Cumberland Road - Cumberland Road, BS1 6SG
Bristol City Football Club - Aston Gate, BS3 2EJ (A3029)
Winterstoke Road NCP, Dalby Avenue - Bedminster, BS3 4HH
If you're visiting from abroad, you might have questions about your personal safety. Bristol is a friendly city and crime figures for the Clifton Village and Leigh Woods area are low. Look after your belongings and remember that cars drive on the left in the UK.
The bridge is is equipped with CCTV cameras and is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Bridge Attendants, who wear yellow high visibility jackets. The Bridge Attendants can help you if you have a problem but if you feel you are in danger, telephone the Police on 999. (You may also see mounted police crossing the bridge on their regular patrol. There is a training academy located nearby in Ashton Park.)
Many people like to visit the bridge in the evenings to see the illuminations and it is a popular destination for photographers and film makers.
If you are travelling back to the city centre at night, be aware that The Harbourside has lots of pubs and bars and may be busy, particulary on Fridays or Saturdays. In the city centre, you may see people begging for money, especially by cash machines. If you would like to help, you may prefer to buy a magazine from 'Big Issue' vendors, who are identified by their red bibs. The 'Big Issue' is a magazine sold by homeless and long-term unemployed people. Vendors buy copies for £1.25 and sell for £2.50. They are working, not begging.