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Getting Here

With a major international airport on its doorstep, Bristol is an easy-to-reach city for global planners to enjoy.

By air

Eleven scheduled airlines serve 107 direct destinations, while multiple daily flights to the major hubs of Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels and Dublin make hundreds of onward connections accessible. Bristol Airport is a 25-minute drive from the city centre.

 

By rail 

Bristol is easily accessible by rail with trains running every 30 minutes from London, Cardiff and Birmingham. Bristol has two mainline railway stations, Bristol Temple Meads (city-centre) and Bristol Parkway (north Bristol). From Bristol Temple Meads, there are direct bus services into the city, or you can walk, take a ferry or connect directly to the airport via the Airport Flyer service.

 

By road

The city is ideally located for road access from London, Birmingham and the rest of the UK, with the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways located just to the north of Bristol and the M32 providing direct access to the centre.

Expertise

Film and creative

Bristol is a city known for its vibrant creative culture and has seen its reputation grow to become an important and influential international creative hub. 

Bristol Film Office welcomes a growing number of film and TV companies to the city, which make use of the cutting-edge facilities found at Bottle Yard Studios, as well as the city’s diverse filming locations. Recent high-profile British TV productions have included Wolf Hall, Poldark and Sherlock. 

More than 20,400 people are employed directly in the region’s creative and media sectors and there is a huge diversity of talent from animation and film to post-production. 

Bristol is also home to multi-award-winning Aardman Animations, creators of Morph, Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit.  

Artist Banksy plus Upfest - Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival - have also ensured that Bristol is increasingly recognised internationally for its street art. 

  

Aerospace and engineering

Bristol has one of the largest clusters of aerospace firms in Europe. Of the 15 world-leading aerospace companies, 14 have bases in the Bristol and Bath area. 

The origins of the British aerospace industry are firmly rooted in Bristol when in 1910, George White, Chairman of the Bristol Tramways Company, saw Wilbur Wright flying in Paris. 

He founded the Bristol Aeroplane Company which became one of the first and most important British aviation companies, producing, amongst others, the Bristol Boxkite and the Blenheim as well as much of the preliminary work, which led to Concorde. 

This expertise now extends to further outstanding centres of excellence including Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Bristol & Bath Science Park and the National Composites Centre - leading in collaborative aeronautical research. 

Bristol’s engineering heritage is also evident in the legacy of Brunel, particularly in the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the restored SS Great Britain - the Concorde of its day.

  

Professional services

A thriving network of lawyers, accountants, architects, management consultants and financial advisers can be found in the Bristol area. In fact, a third of FTSE 100 companies have a base in Bristol and Bath. 

Bristol is home to Triodos Bank, an ethical organisation with a clear and transparent investment programme. It offers sustainable banking and considers the environmental, cultural and social impact on all businesses. 

Bristol also has its own currency, the Bristol Pound. It is the UK's first city-wide local currency and the first to have electronic accounts managed by a regulated financial institution. 

Bristol Pounds ensures that money is kept within the local economy and has a comprehensive supplier network. 

 

Where to stay

More than 13,000 bedrooms are available within the city centre, from luxury hotels to quintessentially English B&Bs.

4* hotels6,935 bedrooms
3* and under properties6,112 bedrooms
Other (student accommodation / home sharing)3,000 bedrooms

 

Venues

Bursting with exciting venues, Bristol is home to major conference centres, boutique hotels, visitor attractions and rural retreats.

Ashton Gate Stadium
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Aerospace Bristol
We The Curious
Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Incentives

Bristol has a wealth of creative ideas for incentives, which will inspire guests with memorable experiences.

Aardman away days
Banksy walking tours
Aldwick Estate Vineyard and wine tasting
Clifton Suspension Bridge tours

Dining & Social

The Hide at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Thornbury Castle

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