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Cheap Trains to Bristol
The South West's cultural capital, Bristol is one of the most dynamic, quirky and colourful cities in the country.
With excellent train links to London, Wales, and the Midlands; Bristol is the perfect place to go for a weekend break. Regular services to London are operated by Great Western Railway, it’s only a 90-minute journey from the capital to Bristol Temple Meads station. For a day out, visit Clifton Bridge with its stunning views over the River Avon or complete the world-famous Banksy street art trail with 8 unique pieces.
No visit to Bristol is complete without a spot of retail therapy at St Nicholas’ Market, home to over 60 independent retailers and multiple street food stalls. Visit the Bristol Old Vic Theatre to catch a show or take a stroll around the Harbourside and watch the boats go by.
Opened in 1840 and built by the famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Temple Meads is a 15-minute walk from the city centre. Temple Meads is a thriving hub and interchange for inter-city transport services with trains to many major cities across the UK. Bristol’s largest shopping area is nearby, as well as a host of other attractions.
There are several railways stations in Bristol. Great Western Railway runs services to Bristol Parkway, St Andrew’s Road, and Montpelier. Trains to Bristol from London depart regularly from London Paddington and take around 90 minutes.
Bristol has a wide range of excellent family-friendly activities. We The Curious, a 20-minute walk from Temple Meads station is a museum on the harbour that brings science to life with interactive exhibitions. Bristol Zoo in Clifton boasts hundreds of animal species, including gorillas, lions, and penguins; it is a quick walk from Clifton Down train station.
Other than London, no city boasts more Michelin stars than Bristol. Bristol's restaurants are known to be some of the best the country has to offer, whatever you fancy eating. Head to Stokes Croft, Bristol's offbeat cultural hub, a 10-minute walk from Montpelier Station for a great choice of food and live music.
Bristol boasts its own airport, with flights to Europe all year round. Passengers can take the local bus direct to the airport from Bristol Temple Meads.
Cabot Circus shopping centre is the perfect place to go on a rainy day, with over 110 shops, cafés and restaurants, only 15 minutes walk from Bristol Temple Meads station. If vintage and charity shopping is what you're after, Gloucester Road boasts the largest number of independent shops in the UK and is a short walk from Montpelier Station in the north of the city.
Experience Bristol throughout history by visiting M Shed; a museum by the harbour that hosts art and photography exhibitions, and film displays. A 20-minute walk from Temple Meads station, entry to the museum is free.
Frequently Asked Questions
What train goes to Bristol?
The main trains to Bristol are run by Great Western Railway (GWR) and CrossCountry with services to London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and many other destinations.
How can I get to Bristol cheap?
The cheapest way to get to Bristol is by splitting your ticket but it is also worth booking in advance.
Is Bristol worth visiting?
Bristol is well worth visiting. It has beautiful architecture and parks and many attractions to visit, including the SS Great Britain.