Save the stress and the Earth by travelling to Bristol by train with Great Western Railway (GWR) this Christmas. Unwind and enjoy the festive feeling from the moment you step on board, getting you in the mood for exploring all Bristol has to offer at Christmas.

The city is bursting with activities and excitement that leave you totally spoilt for choice. There are twinkly Christmas lights and festive illuminations dotted across the city; a fairytale combo of quirky independent shops, high street brands and a whole shopping quarter; the smell of mulled wine and sweet treats drifting from the Christmas markets and the incredible Christmas theatre on offer.

A train travelling at speed on the train line - Credit Great Western Railway

All aboard for Bristmas

GWR runs train services from a number of major cities such as London, Bath, Cardiff, Exeter and Southampton directly to Bristol’s main central station, Temple Meads.

With free WiFi, plug sockets at every seat and an at-seat trolley service, it’s an easy and relaxing way to visit Bristol. Plus, no driving means you can enjoy a glass of something festive as you get into the Christmas spirit!

Exterior of Bristol Temple Meads railway station in the Redcliffe area of Bristol
Image - Bristol Temple Meads station

Save over 50% when you book in advance

If travelling from a little further afield, Advance single tickets are one way tickets available on many of our most popular routes to Bristol. They’re great value, and numbers are limited, so you’ll need to be quick. 

A little closer to town, GWR’s Off-Peak Day Return tickets are great value for a spontaneous Christmas visit. Plus, save 1/3 with a Railcard or when 3 or more people travel together with a GroupSave discount. Book direct at or using the

Don’t forget, Children aged 5-15 get a 50% discount on most tickets and under 5s travel free! 

Long Weekender ticket

For more rest in the west - leave at any time on a Friday or Saturday, return any time on a Monday and save over 60% compared to an Anytime Return. London Paddington to Bristol £79 return – Find out more

Plan a #MerryBristmas

Once you arrive in Bristol, you'll discover everything to make your Bristmas sparkle. Hop off at Temple Meads and explore the festive delights in the city centre. Or take a short journey on the Severn Beach Line to neighbourhoods such as Montpelier and Gloucester Road (around eight minutes away) and Clifton (around 13 minutes away).

Here are some tips for how to have a #MerryBristmas in each area.

Bristol Christmas Market and Christmas lights 2023 - CREDIT James Bridle
Image - Bristol Christmas Market. Credit: James Bridle

Bristol city centre at Christmas

It’s around a 15-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride from Temple Meads station to the thick of festive activity in the city centre. The smell of mulled wine and sweet treats will no doubt lure you to Bristol Christmas Market in Broadmead, the perfect place to get gift shopping all wrapped up.

Head to the Harbourside to discover some of the city’s most popular family attractions, including Brunel’s SS Great Britain where you can experience a Victorian Christmas

Theatre fans won’t want to miss festive panto at Bristol Hippodrome or magical new productions at Bristol Beacon.

Father Christmas at Brunel's SS Great Britain - credit Adam Gasson
Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain

Gloucester Road & Stokes Croft

Montpelier station is just a stone’s throw from Bristol’s longest stretch of indie shops, Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft. Find everything from art and homewares at places like Room 212 and Fig, to great reads at Gloucester Road Books, to locally made ceramics at Stokes Croft China.

Food and drink choices are just as plentiful. Pieminister has festive versions of their epic pies on offer, such as the Mistlemoo with British beef steak, bacon and port and the Christingle with parsnip, chestnut, cheddar and leek. Or you can also tuck into a Christmas menu of delicious seasonal, locally sourced grub at The Gallimaufry. Stick around for some live music after satisfying your appetite!

Christmas Tree in Clifton Village, Bristol - credit Clifton BID
Image - Clifton Christmas tree


Christmas is one of the best times of the year to visit Clifton, which oozes with festive atmosphere thanks to pretty lights and a magnificent Christmas tree. From jewellery boutique Wylde Jewellers to foodie heaven Papadeli, there are excellent independent shops for gift shopping, with late night shopping coming up on dates thoughout December.

Make time for family fun at Redgrave Theatre where their latest panto is on until the end of December. And for Christmassy catchups over good food and drink, check out festive menus at the area's many restaurants such as Coppa Club, The Clifton Sausage and Aqua.

This content was kindly sponsored by GWR.