Bristol is the largest city in the South West of England. It is one of the traditional seaports from the Great British sea faring era, facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to 550,000 people.

Some of the most innovative companies in the UK and Europe are based here – Airbus, Rolls Royce, HP, BAE.

It is the main hub for one of the UK’s earliest and most innovative railways (Great Western Railway) and offers links to some of the most picturesque countryside in the West of England. September will be an ideal time to visit such spots if any of the conference delegates wish to combine some sightseeing. 

It is the home of one of the finest earliest examples of a suspension bridge in the world – Clifton suspension bridge by Brunel.

One of Bristol’s sons that shot to fame in the last two decades is the most famous graffiti artist in the world Banksy.

Bristol is also home to the famous Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, a must for the enthusiast.

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Travelling to Bristol

You can fly to Bristol Airport from most European and many long haul flight destinations around the world. Another nearby airport is Cardiff Airport offering further international connections.

Arriving to Bristol via London

There are train services from Gatwick airport  (via Reading) to Bristol Parkway station, while Heathrow Express offers a direct service to London Paddington Railway Station. From there GWR operates direct trains to Bristol’s two main railway stations (Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway).

The major London airports, as well as central London, offer other travel links to Bristol. National Express and Megabus offer cheaper alternatives to trains.