Bristol International Airport is about 14 miles from Bristol itself at Lulsgate Bottom on the A38. It is one of the fastest growing airports in the United Kingdom.
Bristol itself is a large city and a unitary authority geographically on the edge of Somerset so therefore can be considered in Wessex.
Terminal Building, Bristol International Airport
Photographer © David Martin
The airport is not large as international airports go but it is is easily navigable and friendly. However it handles flights from all over the world – USA, Europe, Caribbean, Egypt, Gambia, Morocco, Tunisia, as well as from within the United Kingdom itself making this airport a very useful Wessex access point.
For information regarding terminal maps, car hire, taxis, parking and other information for Bristol International Airport click here.
Car hire and taxis are plentiful. See the airport link here
Coaches call in at the airport. With these coaches not only Wessex but
the whole of Britain is at your feet. There are not many places they do
not operate to! See righthand column.
One of the problems with Bristol International Airport is its accessibility to rail transport. It is available but from Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway stations in Bristol itself.
However there is shuttle transport. Two services operate both owned by First Group transport who are also part owners of Bristol International Airport.
Bristol International Flyer can be booked as part of a railway journey. It is a bus services to Temple Meads Station, Bristol Bus Station and Clifton
There is a bus service from Weston Super Mare to Bristol that calls in at the airport. Also one to Bath
There are plenty of taxis just outside the airport.
Temple Meads Railway Station, Bristol
Photographer © Keith Edkins
Temple Meads station was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel who was also responsible for the Great Western Railway, the design of SS Great Britain which can be seen in Bristol Harbour, the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol and many other innovative major design projects of the era.
First Great Western operate services from Temple Meads to Paddington, London, Cardiff Central, the South Coast. Weston Super Mare, Taunton and Gloucester.
This station is in the north of Bristol. It is on the main South Wales line.
Bristol Parkway Station
Photographer © Linda Bailey
First Great Western
run services to Weston Super Mare, Paddington, London, Cardiff Central, Swansea, Gloucester, Westbury, Great Malvern and
Cross Country Services operate services to Manchester, Plymouth and Edinburgh
Most of the country is accessible from these two stations.
is the road that runs alongside the airport. It is an ancient road. Nowadays it is nearly 300 miles long and runs from Nottinghamshire to Cornwall. A useful road to access the southwest of Wessex.
the London to South Wales motorway is easily accessible.
which runs from close to Birmingham to Exeter in Devon. A useful road to the south west.
to Bath is via Bristol. This is the same A4 that services Heathrow International Airport.
Bristol International airport offer an airport parking service.
Bristol and environs has plenty of accommodation of all types, but it is advisable to book in the summer. Check it out for yourself, what suits one does not suit another, this is only just a suggestion. There are no affiliate links.
Bristol Airport has an on site hotel which could be handy. Hampton by Hilton.
If not - there is plenty of accommodation around the area and in Bristol itself.
Besides Bath and all of beautiful Somerset it is quite simple to reach the whole of Wessex from Bristol making it an ideal entry point.
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Passengers boarding at Bristol Airport.
Photograph by Arpingstone in the public domain.
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Bristol Airport Aer Lingus plane
Inside Bristol Airport
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
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