Travelling to Bristol
First CrossCountry train - 07:23
Last CrossCountry train - 22:52
Named as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit, Bristol is known for its maritime heritage, as well as today’s vibrant and lively culture. Wander through the Old City to soak up the Georgian history, or browse the unique boutique shops, restaurants and bars. With only a 45-minute journey between Cheltenham and Bristol, this is a great journey to do if you fancy a group day out with family or friends.
Are there direct trains from Cheltenham to Bristol?
Yes, all our services will take you directly from Cheltenham to Bristol.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Cheltenham to Bristol?
There is a choice of seating options, with tables and charging points also available on all our CrossCountry trains from Cheltenham to Bristol. There is food and drink available from our catering teams, as well as a First Class coach to make your journey even more comfortable.
Does Bristol have step-free access?
The whole of Bristol Temple Meads station has step-free access to suit people with a wide range of mobility needs. Staff are also on hand to help passengers get to and from the platforms, if required.
How far is the city centre?
Bristol Temple Meads Station is about a 10-minute walk to the city centre, making it easily accessible.
Does the station have family areas?
Those visitors travelling with families and young children will find dedicated baby changing areas, waiting rooms and refreshment facilities to make their journeys more relaxed and enjoyable.
For further information about Bristol Temple Meads station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Bristol
Onward travel: Taxis & Buses in Bristol
Bus services operate from the station forecourt and on the main road at Temple Gate. This is situated at the bottom of Station Approach Road. Also located at the station forecourt is a taxi rank which provides accessible taxis, if required. To get to the forecourt, exit left out of the main doors.
Shopping in Bristol
Bristol offers a wide variety of shopping, from a huge shopping mall, to local, independent pop-up shops. Bristol Shopping Quarter holds 500 shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions, making it easy to spend your whole day there. If you are looking for something a little more alternative, you can venture to Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft, home to local, independent shops, cafes and restaurants. This is where you can get your vintage fix, or find a bargain in a local charity shop.
Culture in Bristol
Surrounded by the rolling hills of South-West England, the city of Bristol has a thriving and current culture, paved by its rich maritime history. The city is home to a variety of exciting architecture, dating back as far as 12th century. These historic buildings also house some of today’s most popular attractions, such as the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Opening in 1776, The Bristol Old Vic Theatre, is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK, showcasing their own original productions, inspired by experimentation and innovation. In contrast, Bristol is also the home of the world-famous artist, Banksy. A number of Banksy’s original pieces are located throughout the city of Bristol, and who knows when another may pop-up!
Spending time in Bristol?
Whether you’re planning to spend the day, a long weekend or a whole week in Bristol, have a look at our Guide to Bristol to help you plan the perfect trip.