Bristol Visitor FAQs
As a visitor to Bristol it’s well worth popping into the Tourist Information Centre to speak to the friendly team about the best things to see and do in Bristol and they help you to tailor your break to make it the most brilliant it can be!
We asked the Tourist Information team to answer the most commonly asked questions that they receive every day below, which we hope will help you to hit the ground running when you arrive. Of course, if you still have any other questions, please get in touch via phone, email or twitter.
1. What is there to see and do in Bristol?
The following places are free of charge to visit (although they welcome donations); M Shed (Museum of Bristol), Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, The Red Lodge and Georgian House museums (seasonal opening), Bristol Cathedral, St Mary Redcliffe Church, Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre, John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room', Cabot Tower, Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Paid attractions include; Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Bristol Zoo Gardens, At-Bristol Science Centre, Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Insight Hop-On, Hop-Off bus, Bristol Packet and Bristol Ferry boat trips. For more ideas see a full list of things to do, or what's on.
2. How can I get to the Suspension Bridge?
Clifton Suspension Bridge is about 40 minutes’ walk away from the City Centre. The Open Top Bus stops nearby at Clifton Village (tickets available from the Tourist Information Centre), or you can catch a bus number 8/9 which goes very frequently throughout the day from various stops within the City Centre.
3. When is the Balloon Fiesta?
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is on 11th-14th August 2016.
4. When is the Harbour Festival?
The dates of the 2016 Harbour Festival have not yet been announced. But the festival is traditionally held mid-late July each year.
5. What tours are there in Bristol?
There are lots of tours available, including walking tours, bus tours and cycling tours. Find a full list here.
6. Are there any left luggage facilities in Bristol?
Left luggage facilities are available at Bristol Tourist Information Centre for £4 per item per day (luggage must be collected at least 15 minutes before closing time). The Tourist Information Centre is open every day except 25/26 December and 1 January. Left luggage facilities are also available at Rock & Bowl Motel (24 hours a day) and at the Luggage and Case Store. Some attractions have lockers you can use when visiting them.
7. I’m looking for accommodation…
Save your time and effort by letting our knowledgeable staff at the Tourist Information Centre search your accommodation in Bristol for you. For a fee of £3, we can arrange your booking. We take a 10% deposit of the whole stay. The booking fee and deposit are non-refundable should you cancel the booking, or fail to take up your accommodation. You will then pay a balance of 90% at the establishment where you are staying. To use our booking service, please call us on tel. 0333 3210101 – please provide a credit or debit card number.
Alternatively, you can call into The Tourist Information Centre office on the Harbourside.
You can also search and book accommodation online on visitbristol.co.uk
8. How can I get to Stonehenge?
1. Going on your own
• Public transport
Catch a train from Bristol Temple Meads Train Station to Salisbury.
Journey takes about 1h 20 minutes and costs £21.40 return (off peak).
From Salisbury Train Station catch the ‘Stonehenge Tour’ bus (runs every hour between 10.00 and 16.00). Prices: Adult: £14, Child: £9, Family: £40
Hop-on hop-off tour picks up in Salisbury city centre and runs to Old Sarum, through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside to the Stonehenge. You can buy an all-in-one ticket that gives you admission to Stonehenge as well as the tour and Salisbury Cathedral, or just pay for the tour and enjoy the ride through the Wiltshire landscape. (information correct April 2015)
• By car
Journey takes about 1h 40 minutes.
Address: Stonehenge Nr Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE – post code.
Parking is available on site. This is free to English Heritage members and Stonehenge ticket holders. A parking ticket is required if you are not visiting Stonehenge itself. Tickets cost £5 and can be bought from ticket kiosks on site. Please note that during peak times the car park is managed by stewards and tickets (cash only) are issued upon entry to the car park. A Visitor Shuttle service operates frequently from outside the shop. No need to pre-book. Takes 10 minutes to reach the Stones. Shuttles stop at Fargo Plantation (about halfway to the Stones) so that visitors can walk part of the way if they wish.
2. Going with a tour
9. How can I get to Bath?
Bath is about 25/30 minutes’ drive away from Bristol on a clear run.
There is a frequent train service from Bristol Temple Meads – times and prices can be found at www.qjump.co.uk.
There is a frequent bus service from Bristol. An Outer Bristol First Day bus ticket can be used within Bristol and will get you to Bath also. This costs £6 (as at April 2015) and can be bought at Bristol Tourist Office.
There is a 13 mile off-road cycle/foot path between Bristol and Bath, along the old Railway line.
10. Where can I learn English in Bristol?
There are a number of excellent learning facilites in Bristol where you can learn English, you can take a look at this page, or view the suggestions below;
Living Learning English
27 Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SA Tel: 0117 926 9400
The English Language Centre
44 Pembroke Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 3DT Tel: 0117 970 7050 Fax: 0117 923 9638
The Bristol Language Centre
1st Floor, 3 Portwall Lane, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6NB Tel: 0117 929 2233
27 Oakfield Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2AT Tel: 0117 909 0911 Fax: 0117 907 7181
Oxford Intensive School of English (OISE)
1 Protheroes House, Denmark Street Bristol BS1 5EJ Tel: 0117 929 7667
Fax: 0117 925 1990
EC Language School
63 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4JZ Tel : 0117 938 8600
International Student Centre, English as a Foreign Language Department, Filton Avenue, Filton, Bristol BS12 7AT Tel: 0117 931 2121
City of Bristol College
Ashley Down, Bristol BS7 9BU. Tel: (0117) 312 5000 ext. 5163
11. Do you have a map for the Shaun in the City trail?
We don’t yet have any maps but we are hoping to get some soon!