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.
|Weekdays||05:30 - 21:30|
|Saturday||05:30 - 21:30|
|Sunday||06:45 - 21:30|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Staff Help notes|
Staff assistance is available; please request assistance from any member of staff if you have not booked assistance in advance.
|Customer Service notes|
Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)
|Customer help points||Unavailable|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Carpark operator||APCOA Parking (UK) Limited|
|Car parking spaces||374|
|Cycle storage spaces||444|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
Platforms 3 and 4 and at the front of station
|Cycle storage notes||<p>Please note cycles can be carried on our trains free of charge.</p>|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
via lifts to all platforms and facilties, ticket office is also step free
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Accessible taxis are available
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.