Bristol is a thriving city in the south-west of England, bordering Somerset and Gloucestershire. Its mild climate, ancient monuments and proximity to South Wales, have made it a popular destination for tourists. Many of these visitors arrive via the two main train stations, Bristol Temple Meads in the centre of the city and Bristol Parkway, slightly further north. Within the city, First West of England provides the bus network, and a light rail system is also in operation.
With its thirteen platforms and eight tracks, Bristol Temple Meads at Redcliffe is the city’s main train station. Passenger facilities include ATMs, catering outlets and toilets.
Great Western Railway operates the majority of train services into Temple Meads. A train leaves London Paddington for Temple Meads about every half hour, a journey of around two and a half hours. CrossCountry and South Western Railway also provide services, while Great Western Railway and CrossCountry runs trains to Bristol Parkway station.
Bristol is situated in the heart of England’s west country, and train passengers from every part of the country will see vistas of beautiful landscape, all along the way. Otherwise, the train traveller can relax while on the journey, avail of catering services, read or just enjoy a quiet nap. At the end of the journey, there is no need to find and pay for parking space.
First-time visitors to Bristol are always surprised and delighted to hear the mellifluous West Country accent of the city’s natives. This mode of speech goes hand-in-hand with the gentle pace of life in the district. Several of the city’s buildings reflect its sea-faring origins and one, unmissable spot is the Llandoger Trow, a seventeenth-century former public house on King Street. Tradition has it that its black-and-white timbered facade featured as the Admiral Benbow Inn for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island. In addition to its urban delights, Bristol is the starting point of many West Country tours, for instance, to the nearby architectural wonders of Bath, just 6 miles away. And 6 miles along the coast in the opposite direction is the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare, well worth visiting.