Here you’ll find some useful information about travelling, staying in, and doing things in Bristol! Read on for more…
How to get to the Department:
There are two entries to the building, please make sure to come to the Cantocks Close entrance not the Park Row entrance.
Bristol Temple Meads is the city centre train station.
It is roughly 25 minutes walk from the train station. The google maps route is pretty sensible and takes you through the city centre and up past the Colston Hall (big golden building). Unfortunately the Drama Department is on a hill, so there is no way to avoid walking up hill.
From the station you can also take the number 8 or 9 bus from directly outside the station, getting off at the top of Park Street (a steep hill) opposite the Wills Memorial Building (the iconic University building).
If you can choose to alight at the Queens Road, University stop then this is the closest. You are around 5 mins walk from the Department. Walk down the hill towards Park Row and take a left on Woodland Road, followed by a right onto Cantocks Close.
If you come into the main bus station you are still only 15 minutes walk from the Department. Again google maps provides a sensible walk that will take you past the Bristol Royal Infirmary on Park Row. (Look out for the coloured hoops outside the Children’s Hospital.)
To be honest this is the best way to get around Bristol because the city is the second most congested in the UK. Last year, Bristol became the first cycling city so you’ll see plenty of people braving the hills.
The nearest car park is the NCP at Trenchard Street. (Try to enter via Trenchard Street itself as the Park Row entrance may still be closed during the Symposium.) Budget £10 for the day (which for Bristol parking prices is fairly reasonable). Walk out of the Park Row entrance to make your walk as short as possible.
Things to see:
If you’re planning a few days visit, there is plenty of live performance to see in Bristol – in fact there is too much to mention here. But here are a few of the more well known venues: if you want mainstream touring shows and comedy visit the Hippodrome. See a diverse mix of music at the Colston Hall and see smaller touring shows at the Wardrobe in Old Market or go to South Bristol to visit the Tobacco Factory Theatre. The co-operatively owned and run The Cube (near the bus station) runs a mix of live performance and film. The Bristol Shakespeare Festival is taking place at various venues throughout the city all through July.
Galleries & Museums
Down by the waterfront you can visit the Arnolfini for contemporary art (this is a key partner in the Inbetweentime Live Art festival) or visit the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Queens Road near the Drama Department (this was the home of the Banksy exhibition a couple of years ago). A little further up the road is the Royal West of England Academy gallery (RWA).
Architecture fans won’t want to miss the spectacular views of Brunel’s suspension bridge that can be seen from the walking trails near the Avon Gorge, about 20 minutes’ walk from the University.
St. Nicholas Market is a great spot for a quick meal and a bit of shopping.
Bristol is also a hub for street art, and you can take yourself on a number of self-guided walking tours to see some of the highlights.
There are a range of options to suit all budgets available in Bristol!
Near Temple Meads station, you’ll find a Holiday Inn Express, the ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay, Novotel Bristol Centre, Doubletree by Hilton, and Premier Suites Bristol Redcliffe. These are all in the £90-150 range per night.
Closer to the University, there’s the Homestay Bristol Hostel (a good budget option!).
The Bristol Central Travelodge and Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (Haymarket) are both walking distance to the University as well.
AirBnB offers some affordable options, too, particularly if you’ve got a small group.
If you’d like some insider advice about particular areas of the city (safety, transport, etc.) then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!