Organise your trip


Please click here to find a location map for the H H Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol.  

By air

By air 

Bristol Airport is eight miles (13 km) south of the city and has scheduled flights to many UK and European cities.

From London Heathrow

  • National Express offers a direct coach from London Heathrow to Bristol. Stops include Bristol Coach Station and Bristol University Queens Road. 
  • The Heathrow Express train runs from Heathrow to London Paddington. From Paddington, Great Western Railway trains run to Bristol Temple Meads station. For information on how to get from Bristol Temple Meads to the University, see "train" below. 

From Bristol Airport

  • The Airport Flyer Express bus (service A1) runs approximately every ten minutes at peak times between the airport and Bristol Bus and Coach Station near the University campus.
  • Checker Cars offer taxis from Bristol Airport. The journey should take around 30 minutes
  • Further travel information is available from the Bristol Airport website.

By train

By train

Bristol has two mainline train stations. Visitors should travel to Bristol Temple Meads as it is about two miles from the University and is much closer than Bristol Parkway.

To get to the University from Bristol Temple Meads:

  • The 9 and 72 bus services from Bristol Temple Meads train station run a combined frequency of every 15 minutes at peak times and stop at Tyndall Avenue on the University campus. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes.
  • The number 8 service from Bristol Temple Meads train station runs at least every 10 minutes at peak times and stops by The Berkeley pub on Queen's Road opposite the Wills Memorial Building before heading towards the Richmond Building (Students' Union) and Clifton village. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes.
  • Taxis are available from the exit to the station. The journey should take about 15 minutes.
  • Walking directions and routes (PDF, 498kB) to the University takes 30-40 minutes and will involve an uphill climb.

The nearest local train station to the University is Clifton Down. Services run about once an hour.

For more information contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950).

By coach

By coach

Coaches from a range of UK cities arrive and depart from Bristol Bus and Coach Station on Marlborough Street in the centre of Bristol. 

See our map for Walking directions and routes (PDF, 498kB). from the bus station.

For information about coach times and fares, consult the National Express Coaches website. An additional coach service is operated by Megabus.

By car

By car

The M4 and M5 motorways put both London and Birmingham within a two-hour drive, while the M32 allows direct access from the M4 to the heart of the city.

Directions to the University campus from the M32 (also available as a Google Map)

  • Exit the M4 at junction 19 marked for the M32
  • Follow the M32 southwest into Bristol
  • Continue onto the A4032
  • Continue straight onto Bond Street / A4044
  • At St. James Barton roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Marlborough Street / B4051
  • Continue to follow B4051
  • Turn right at Woodland Road
  • At the top of the hill is a crossroads. Turn right into Tyndall Avenue
  • Senate House (the University's central administration building) is the tall building on the corner

If travelling from the South and South West, the A4, A38 and A37 provide direct access to the city centre (see Google map for A4, Bath Road).

You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC.

Postcode: SatNav users should enter the postcode BS8 1TH (Senate House).



There are multistorey car parks about ten minutes' walk from the main campus as shown on our Campus map and key (PDF, 478kB). University visitors that require disabled parking should contact the department they are visiting to book a space.

By taxi


See above in By Air and By Train. 

If you require any assistance planning your journey, please e-mail stating where you are travelling from and your preferred method.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline {EXTENDED}:
    31 January 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    15 March 2018