Getting here

We welcome approximately 15,000 visitors to main University campus in the heart of Bristol on each open day.

Some of the roads around the campus will be closed to vehicles and parking close by is extremely limited.

We strongly advise you to use public transport or our park and ride services to reach the campus.

Our travel leaflet contains detailed maps of the Clifton and Langford campuses: Open day 2018 - maps and travel (PDF, 837kB)

There is lots of useful information on the University's main Maps and travel pages. 

Getting to Bristol


There is no parking available on campus or at University accommodation. We strongly encourage you to use the University's free park and ride service.

A free shuttle bus service operates between the two park and ride locations and the main campus every 10-15 minutes throughout the open days. 

This service is popular and you must book your parking space in advance; it will not be possible to book at the park and ride on the day. 

On arrival at the park and ride, please follow the open day signs. Please bring your printed permit with you.

Bristol Parkway train station park and ride

The postcode for Sat Nav is BS34 8PU.  

  • The first bus to campus departs from Parkway at 8.30 am 
  • The last bus to Bristol Parkway departs from Woodland Road stop 1 at 5 pm.
  • Please allow up to 90 minutes for parking and travel.

Portway park and ride

The postcode for Sat Nav is BS11 9QE. 

  • The first bus to campus departs from Portway at 8.30 am.
  • The last bus to Portway departs from bus stop 3 on Woodland Road (main campus) at 5 pm.
  • Please allow 60 minutes for parking and travel.


If you miss the last of our free shuttle buses from campus, you can travel for free on the following First Bus services by showing your booking letter to the driver:

  • First Bus services 8 and 9 from Park Street to Temple Meads. 
  • First Bus number 73 from The Centre (C6) to Bristol Parkway 
  • Portway Park and Ride from The Centre (C6) to Portway.


Bristol has two mainline railway stations. Bristol Temple Meads is two miles from the University and closer than Bristol Parkway.

There are hourly trains from London Paddington to Bristol. The journey takes around 1 hour 40 minutes.

A free shuttle bus service runs from Bristol Temple Meads to the main campus throughout the open day. The service runs every 10-15 minutes from 8.30 am. The last shuttle bus to campus departs at 5pm from Woodland Road stop 4.

Please be aware this service is very popular and we recommend allowing at least one hour for the transfer.


National Express and other coach/bus operators run direct services to Bristol from most UK cities.

Bristol Bus and Coach Station is on Marlborough Street in the centre of Bristol, near to the University.

You can take a taxi to the University from outside the bus station or walk, which will take about 15 minutes and involves an uphill climb.


Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has direct flights from a number of European destinations and has connecting flights (for example, via Paris or Amsterdam) from many more cities worldwide.

The airport is eight miles (13 km) south of the city. The Airport Flyer Express bus (service A1) runs approximately every ten minutes at peak times between the airport and Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Bus and Coach Station.

Please allow at least 90 minutes to get from the airport to the main University campus.

London Heathrow

There is a direct National Express coach service between London Heathrow and Bristol.

Alternatively, you can take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington and a train from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads station.

Langford veterinary campus

The Bristol Veterinary School is in the village of Langford, North Somerset, 14 miles south-west of Bristol.

If you are travelling between the main University campus and Langford campus please allow about one hour for the journey.

Free shuttle bus to Langford

Free shuttle buses run between the main University campus and Langford every 30 minutes during the open days.

To Langford

  • The first bus departs from bus stop 2 on Woodland Road at 9.15 am.
  • The last bus departs from bus stop 2 on Woodland Road Road at 3.15 pm.

To campus

  • The first bus departs from Langford at 10 am.
  • The last bus departs Langford at 4pm.

Car parking at Langford

There is car parking at Langford. For sat nav users, the postcode for Langford is BS40 5DU. Visitors are not permitted to bring dogs to the Langford campus.

Stoke Bishop accommodation

There is no parking for visitors at our Stoke Bishop residences; please use the free shuttle bus from the main campus.

Buses depart from bus stop 5 outside the Student's Union, Richmond Building on Queen's Road every 10-15 minutes. 

The last bus to Stoke Bishop departs campus at 3 pm.  The last return bus to campus departs at 4 pm.  Please allow 90 minutes for a round trip to Stoke Bishop.

Where to stay

Victoria Square Hotel
29-30 Victoria Square, Bristol, BS8 4EW

Free breakfast available (worth £9.95) - quote BRISTOL UNI OPEN DAY when making a direct reservation on +44 (0)117 973 9058 or by emailing

Clifton Hotels Group
Enjoy 10 per cent discount off the best available rates when staying with Clifton Hotels Group. Quote 'UOBOPENDAY' when booking online at any of the following properties:

  • Berkeley Suites
  • The Berkeley Square Hotel
  • The Clifton Hotel
  • The Rodney Hotel
  • The Washington Guesthouse

Our next open days

  • Friday 15 June 2018
  • Saturday 16 June 2018

Book your place
You can book for our 8 September open day from 25 July.

Open day maps and travel leaflet

Includes Clifton and Langford campus maps and shows bus stops, accommodation and open day talks and display locations.
Open day 2018 - maps and travel (PDF, 837kB)


If you have any questions about our open days, please contact the Recruitment Events team:

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