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Visiting Bristol

If you are not from round these parts, then Bristol is a great place to visit.  It is easy to see why Cary Grant had such a soft spot for the city of his birth and returned so frequently. Bristol has been voted the coolest city in Europe (National Geographic Traveller UK’s Cool List), the best city to live in the UK by OnePoll (Oct 2009), MoneySuperMarket (Oct 2013) and The Sunday Times (March 2014 and 2017) and was listed in the top 10 cities to live in the world by Forever Sports Magazine (2016), was awarded European Green Capital 2015 and was designated as a UNESCO City of Film in 2017. If you are planning a trip to Bristol, then the Visit Bristol website has lots of useful information about accommodation and what’s on in the city. The tourist information office is situated on the Harbourside just beneath the Watershed (one of the festival venues).


By Car

M5(N) Junction 18 and follow A4 (Portway) to the city centre.
M5(S) Junction 15/M4 Jnt 19. Continue on M32 to its termination bearing right and follow signs for city centre.

There are a number of car parks within easy walking distance from the centre, situated at Rupert Street, Queen Charlotte Street and Prince Street. There is an Evening Rate available at Rupert Street and Queen Charlotte Street Car Parks at £2.60 per evening (arrive between 6pm – midnight). There is other parking at Trenchard Street situated at the rear of the Bristol Hippodrome and one underneath Millennium Square. Be aware that the centre is likely to be very busy due to the Harbour Festival.  Give yourself plenty of time to find a parking place, or use the park and ride facilities at Portway, Long Ashton or Brislington.

By Train

If arriving at Bristol Temple Meads station, taxis (5 minutes) are available to city centre. Bus Nos 8 and 9; ask for city centre stop for Watershed and Millennium Square, or carry on up Park Street for the Museum and Everyman Cinema. Bristol Parkway is approximately 5 miles from city centre, where taxi and bus services are also available.

For more information go to National Rail Enquiries’ website or call them on 08457 48 49 50.

By Air

Bristol Airport is a short journey from Bristol City Centre

By Ferry

Bristol Ferry Boat Company have ferry services from Temple Meads that alight on the waterfront around 1 minute walk away from Watershed and Millennium Square. Please contact them on

Getting Around

For door to door journey information by all modes of transport just visit Once in Bristol, visit the Tourist Information Centre on Harbourside to purchase day, season or multiple journey tickets for local buses, ferries and bus tours.

Bristol Insight are offering hop-on hop-off open-top bus tours of Bristol featuring Cary Grant throughout the weekend. Catch the bus from Explore Lane, behind the At-Bristol Planetarium in Millennium Square.

Festival Venues

See the 2018 Festival venues below.

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Getting to Glenside

Getting to Trinity

Getting to The Cube

Getting to The Planetarium


The Visit Bristol website has useful links and a pdf on Accessible Bristol.

The festival venues are mostly accessible, contact the venues directly to discuss your requirements.

At-Bristol’s Millennium Square
Everyman Cinema
Bristol Insight
Trinity Arts Centre
The Cube Cinema
Glenside Hospital Museum
UWE Glenside Campus