To make your visit to Bristol Light Festival as easy as possible, we’ve put together this handy guide with everything you’ll need to get here. Whether you’re traveling from nearby or further afield, here’s everything you need to know to make your visit stress-free and enjoyable.
Getting to Bristol
With excellent transport links including direct rail and bus services from major cities across the UK, traveling to Bristol is easy by car, rail, and bus. Learn more about getting to Bristol here, including everything you need to know about parking, Clean Air Zone charges, and Park & Ride options.
All installations are located in the city centre and are walkable from nearby transport hubs including Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Bus & Coach station, and numerous bus stops throughout the city.
Make the most of public transport with a First Bus Bristol Zone day ticket for just £6 for adults and £3 for children. Hop on and hop off and explore the installations with ease.
If you want to explore more of the city, go green and rent a TIER e-scooter or e-bike, costing just 99p to unlock and then 16p per minute to use. With numerous parking bays across the city, you’ll never be too far from an installation.
Explore the festival by water with Bristol Ferry Boats, offering 45-minute tours from the City Centre Ferry Landing at 6pm and 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays of the festival. Hop on board and enjoy a unique perspective of three exciting installations from the water, before discovering the remaining installations on land.
Due to our city centre location, hard standing routes and dropped kerbs are present across all installations, allowing for wheelchair and pushchair access. Our Accessibility Policy will be shared once the 2024 programme is confirmed, containing precise locations and accessibility notes on each installation, allowing you to plan your visit effectively.
If you need extra help, make getting around the festival easier with Bristol Shopmobility, providing a range of mobility equipment to meet your needs. With mobility scooters and both manual and powered wheelchairs available, Bristol Shopmobility will be offering later opening hours on 7 – 9 February from 10am-8pm, allowing everyone to enjoy the festival. Bristol Shopmobility can be found on the Ground Floor of the Cabot Circus Car Park, with prices starting from as little as £2 an hour for hire.
All installations will be illuminated from 5-10pm on each night of the festival, when it will be dark for optimum viewing.
For those looking for quieter times to visit the festival, we are quietest on weeknights before 7pm, which is a prime time to visit with children or those wanting a calmer experience.
Staying in Bristol
Turn your visit into a staycation and make the most out of our hotel offers and discounts from some of the best hotels in the city. Whether you’re wanting a night away or a weekend trip to explore the festival, we’ve got you covered.
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