Practical information

Travel to Bristol

Bristol is a city in the south-west of England. Here is a map of where Bristol is in the country. It is well served by road, rail and air links.


Bristol is at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways, with a spur called the M32 leading into the city centre. For maps and directions, try Multimap or Google Maps.

Coach services to all over the UK are provided by National Express.


The railway station in central Bristol is called Temple Meads. Do not make the mistake of getting off at Bristol Parkway, which is quite a way out of the city. Rail information is available at National Rail and tickets can be bought online through various outlets including The Trainline. Much cheaper fares are often available on major intercity routes if you book well in advance; the situation can be quite confusing as different train operators offer different varieties of special offers. Another site to try is, which has a limited number of very cheap tickets to certain destinations.

If you are coming from JA in Edinburgh, make sure you book in advance! The cheapest advertised fare is just £18 with Virgin Trains, whereas a standard single tickets costs £97 (prices as of July 2006).


Bristol Airport is located a little way south-west of Bristol. There is a regular bus service to Temple Meads station, in the city centre. Flights are available to and from many places around the UK and Europe. For JA participants, there are flights between Bristol and Edinburgh with both EasyJet and British Airways.

London Heathrow airport is also connected to Bristol by a National Express coach service.

Getting to the University

Click here to see the location of the School of Mathematics in Google Maps. The University's web site has useful information about getting to the University by road or by public transport; in particular, there is a free bus from Temple Meads station to the University. The Department of Mathematics has more information.


Some useful information about accommodation options is provided on the University web pages. Lists of hotels, bed & breakfast accommodation and hostels are available on the Visit Bristol site.

There is also some accommodation available in University halls during the summer vacation. For information on this, see the Summer vacation accommodation site.

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