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Bristol Temple Meads, with its French Gothic style fort-like entrance, is a marvel to behold and - not surprisingly - one of the UK's most recognisable stations. It's also one of the largest, dealing with over 6 million passengers each and every year. The modern-day building sits at the head of a charming stone forecourt, flanked by the original 1841 station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which now functions as an exhibition centre known as Brunel's Old Station.

Today, Temple Meads is a South West transport mecca with trains running directly to most parts of the UK, including Wales and Scotland. Bristol itself is equally as fascinating, with a burgeoning food and art scene found throughout its many districts - from the classy cafe culture of Clifton to the modern eateries and museums of Harbourside, and the action-packed pubs and independent shops of Park Street, there's something for everyone. It's also incredibly idyllic, boasting European Green Capital status. The city centre is a fifteen-minute walk away but buses and taxis operate from the station forecourt.

Bristol Temple Meads is one of the busiest stations in the South West, serving as the main interchange point for passengers travelling to Devon and Cornwall, into Wales or into London. Great Western Railway operates the station and provides routes to and from London Paddington, Cardiff, Plymouth and Taunton. CrossCountry routes travel as far north as Aberdeen via Birmingham New Street and up to Manchester Piccadilly

Station details & facilities

The station only has eight tracks but fifteen platforms, as they often handle two trains at once. Many of the platforms are, thus, numbered differently at either end, with odd numbers at the east end. A step-free subway links the platforms. The ticket office and ticket machines are found directly ahead of the main entrance and a bookshop is on the right adjoining the platform entrance. There is no platform 14.

 

Frequently asked questions

Is Bristol Temple Meads station open?

Bristol Temple Meads station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Bristol Temple Meads station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Bristol Temple Meads station almost every day, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Bristol Temple Meads station.

Are there toilets in Bristol Temple Meads station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Bristol Temple Meads station.

Are dogs allowed in Bristol Temple Meads station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Bristol Temple Meads station but should be kept on a lead or comfortable in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Bristol Temple Meads

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Bristol Temple Meads station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Severn BeachGreat Western Railway05:121Scheduled
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway05:3015Scheduled
to PlymouthGreat Western Railway05:3510Scheduled
to Portsmouth HarbourGreat Western Railway05:4612Scheduled
to Severn BeachGreat Western Railway05:468Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from St AustellGreat Western Railway00:038Late
from Worcester Shrub HillGreat Western Railway00:069Late
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway00:0812On time
from Portsmouth HarbourGreat Western Railway00:2015Late
from Cardiff CentralGreat Western Railway00:256On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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