Planning a Trip
Bristol Airport (tel. 0871/334-4444; www.bristolairport.co.uk) is conveniently situated beside the main A38 road, a little more than 11km (7 miles) from the city center.
Rail services to and from the area are among the fastest and most efficient in Britain. First Great Western runs very frequent services from London's Paddington Station to each of Bristol's two main stations: Temple Meads in the center of Bristol and Parkway on the city's northern outskirts. The trip takes 1 1/4 hours. For rail information, call tel. 0845/000125 or visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk.
National Express buses depart every hour during the day from London's Victoria Coach Station, making the trip in 2 1/2 hours. For more information and schedules, call tel. 0871/781-81-81 or visit www.nationalexpress.com.
If you're driving, head west from London on the M4.
The Tourist Information Centre is at the Annex, Wildscreen Walk, Harbourside, Bristol (tel. 0870/444-0654; www.visitbristol.co.uk). Hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm.