Conference venue

The conference will be held at the iconic City Hall, perfectly located in the heart of the city centre and bordering College Green park and the 12th-century Bristol Cathedral.

A few minutes away, we have the Harbourside. This is a popular area filled with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels, as well as a host of sports and activities, such as paddle boarding, cycling and rowing.  Stroll around the water’s edge and you will find Millennium Square – a bustling central hub with beautiful fountains and world-class attractions, such as We The Curious, Bristol Aquarium  and Watershed.

The conference venue is also a short walk away from the SS Great Britain and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. As an AM10 delegate, you are warmly invited for welcome drinks on the first night of the conference at the SS Great Britain. Drinks are open to all and are sponsored by Dove. We are also hosting a dinner at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery – the meal will take place on the second night of the conference and needs to be booked on registration. 

A range of accommodation and transport options are available near the conference venue, but it is recommended to book early to secure the best rates!

Travelling to Bristol

Travelling to Bristol from both national and international destinations is convenient and accessible through various modes of transportation. If you’re arriving from overseas, Bristol Airport  is the primary international gateway, offering flights from major European cities and beyond. From there, you can easily reach the city centre via taxi or the Airport Flyer Express bus service

Alternatively, if you’re travelling domestically, Bristol benefits from excellent rail connections, with Bristol Temple Meads being the main train station. Frequent train services run from London Paddington, Birmingham and other major UK cities. Coaches and buses are also reliable options, with National Express and Megabus providing extensive services to Bristol’s bus station, including from London Heathrow Airport. 

Whether you’re coming from near or far, Bristol’s transportation network ensures a smooth journey to Bristol city centre and the conference venue. We look forward to welcoming you to Bristol!

Where to stay in Bristol

We have put together some accommodation options suiting a wide range of budgets and needs, all within walking distance of the conference venue! Accommodation is likely to book up quickly in June, so we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. Some of our top picks are listed below.

You can find more accommodation options on AirBnB, Trivago and

Harbour Hotel Bristol (4*)

  • Location: 53-55 Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1HT
  • Distance from conference venue: 700 m (nine-minute walk) 
  • Price per night: from £185.00

Harbour Hotel Bristol

Hotel du Vin Bristol (4*)

  • Location: The Sugar House, Narrow Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2NU
  • Distance from conference venue: 700 m (nine-minute walk) 
  • Price per night: from £159.00

Hotel du Vin Bristol

The Bristol Hotel (4*)

  • Location: Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4QF
  • Distance from conference venue: 650 m (eight-minute walk)
  • Price per night: from £155.00

The Bristol Hotel

Beech House Serviced Apartments (4*)

  • Location: 6 St Paul’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LT
  • Distance from conference venue: 1 km (13-minute walk)
  • Price per night: from £140.40

Beech House Serviced Apartments

Brooks Guesthouse Bristol (4*)

  • Location: St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1UB
  • Distance from conference venue: 700m (nine-minute walk) 
  • Price per night: from £95.20

Brooks Guesthouse Bristol

ibis Bristol Centre (3*)

  • Location: Explore Lane, Bristol, BS1 5TY
  • Distance from conference venue: 400 m (five-minute walk)
  • Price per night: from £103.75

ibis Bristol Centre

Travelodge Bristol Central (3*)

  • Location: Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5TT 
  • Distance from conference venue: 500 m (six-minute walk)
  • Price per night: from £82.99

Travelodge Bristol Central

YHA Bristol Hostel

  • Location: 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
  • Distance from conference venue: 550m (seven-minute walk)
  • Price per night: from £49.00

YHA Bristol Hostel

Getting around Bristol

Bristol is a very walkable, albeit hilly, city, so getting around is easy! If you are travelling further, cycling and electric scooters are a great way to get around the city with many cycle paths and routes. There are also busses and a local train service connecting various Bristol neighbourhoods. You can pay using contactless forms of payment (e.g., credit card, ApplePay) on most buses and trains in Bristol.

Bristol is committed to promoting accessibility and ensuring that everyone can enjoy the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Many of Bristol’s buses are wheelchair accessible, equipped with ramps or lifts, and have designated spaces for passengers with mobility aids. The local train service stations typically offer step-free access and accessible facilities.

For those who require additional assistance, Bristol also provides accessible taxi services equipped with wheelchair ramps or hoists. These specially designed vehicles can be hailed or pre-booked, ensuring convenient travel for all passengers.

Visitors with specific accessibility needs can contact the local transport authorities in advance to arrange for any necessary accommodations or assistance. Bristol’s commitment to inclusivity ensures that everyone can explore and enjoy the city’s diverse offerings, regardless of their mobility or accessibility requirements.

Sustainability at AM10

Wherever possible, we encourage conference attendees to prioritise sustainable and eco-friendly travel options when coming to Bristol and during their stay. Consider taking public transportation, such as busses or trains, which produce fewer carbon emissions compared to individual car journeys. Bristol boasts an extensive network of cycling lanes and pedestrian-friendly paths, so renting a bike or walking can be excellent choices for short distances. Additionally, many hotels in Bristol have adopted eco-friendly practices, so choosing eco-certified accommodations can contribute to a greener stay.

During the conference, we aim to minimise waste and encourage recycling, so please be mindful of your consumption and use of disposable items. Together, we can make the conference a more sustainable and environmentally responsible event while enjoying all that Bristol has to offer.

Insider's guide to Bristol

We have put together a few of our insider recommendations below.

For more ideas of things to do, see and eat in Bristol, you can check out Visit Bristol – Bristol’s Official Tourist Information Site - and Yuup Bristol – the marketplace for amazing local experiences in Bristol.

Chance and Counters

A quaint board game café located on the Christmas Steps, really fun and a good reason to check out the iconic Christmas Steps, too!

What to expect: 700+ board games, six lines of top-notch craft beers, proper espresso and tea from Clifton Coffee and a dog-friendly venue.

Chance and Counters

Locked in a Room

If you are into a more immersive game experience, Locked in a Room is Bristol’s largest escape game experience located in the heart of the city on Millennium Square, just a five-minute walk from the conference venue. You have 60 minutes to use elements of the room to solve puzzles and clues to earn your freedom!

What to expect: intriguing and challenging puzzles and clues, attentive staff, an exciting atmosphere and a unique team building activity. 

Locked in a Room

Brozen Bar

Fabulous frozen cocktails - you can get just about any cocktail frozen! Perfect for a sunny and warm (hopefully!) day in June.

What to expect: frozen cocktails, house-curated classics and a selection of beers, cider, wine and nibbles. 

Brozen Bar

The Stable

Located on the harbourside, this venue is on the list specifically for its five small-pint, craft cider tasting board. In the words of a Bristolian, “‘ey don’t do cider anywhere else like ‘ey do in good ‘ol Brizzle”.

What to expect: water-side sourdough pizza, local pints and, if you go on certain evenings, you will also get treated to some live music. 

The Stable

The Mothership (The Climbing Academy)

For something a bit more out of the way but an absolute gem, visit one of Bristol’s popular rock-climbing gyms. It’s bouldering only but available for all (beginners and advanced). You will need to watch a safety video prior to climbing but then you are off!

Some Centre for Appearance Research folks like to climb, so if you fancy going, feel free to ask some of us to join!

What to expect: a safe and welcoming space for people of all backgrounds and abilities, an extensive range of training facilities and a cafe offering fresh, locally roasted coffee and delicious snacks.

The Mothership

Bristol Street Art and Grafitti tours

As the birthplace of Banksy, Bristol’s constantly-evolving graffiti culture has made street art one of its most famous attractions. In summer 2024, Bristol will also be hosting Upfest, Europe’s biggest street art and graffiti festival.

What to expect: street art tours, hidden gems and globally acclaimed pieces.

Bristol Street Art

Wine tasting at KASK

A natural wine bar, offering wine tasting experiences, including wine and cheese tasting events and the ‘Pour Decisions’ wine tasting series: a pocket-friendly, choose-your-own-adventure wine tasting. Both are conveniently hosted on a Wednesday, which falls during the conference!

What to expect: organic, vegan wine and artisan, local food.


St Nicholas Market

A vibrant market in a Georgian arcade in the heart of the old city. Also known as St Nicks Market, it has Bristol’s largest collection of independent retailers and was named Britain’s Best Large Indoor Market in 2016.

What to expect: a mix of independent stalls, tiny shops and (plenty of) food.

St Nicholas Markets

Getting out in nature

If the weather is on your side and you enjoy being outdoors, Bristol has plenty of great spots for that, too! Walk, cycle or drive Vale Street, England’s steepest residential street; get your green fix on the Clifton Downs, a perfect spot to admire the jaw-dropping views of the Avon Gorge and the Clifton Suspension Bridge; surf at The Wave; or pet some animals at Windmill Hill City Farm.

What to expect: a variety of open spaces to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, without having to travel far. 

Bristol Hippodrome

The Bristol Hippodrome is one of the country’s top, family-friendly provincial theatres, which proudly continues to stage major West End and Broadway productions. The award-winning Hamilton musical will be visiting the Bristol Hippodrome in 2024! While this is not an experience specific to Bristol, it might be something to consider before or after the conference. Make sure to book your tickets  while they last!

What to expect: the story of America’s Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, with a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.

Bristol Hippodrome

10 fun things to do in Bristol

We are excited to welcome you to the beautiful city of Bristol. Bristol’s fame extends beyond its street art, cider and music, making it a multi-faceted destination that seamlessly blends history, innovation and culture. 

What makes Bristol such a unique city to visit? Here are 10 fun things to do in Bristol.


Banksy's urban canvas

Explore the streets of Bristol and witness the artistic genius of Banksy, an anonymous street artist whose provocative and captivating works have transformed the city into a living, breathing art gallery. From politically charged statements to cleverly crafted stencils, Banksy’s creations add an element of surprise and wonder to every corner.

Banksy Walking Tour

Cider capital

Raise a glass to Bristol’s rich cider-making heritage, where every sip tells a story of tradition and craftsmanship. From quaint pubs to trendy bars, immerse yourself in the city’s cider culture and taste the crisp, refreshing flavours that make Bristol a haven for cider enthusiasts.

Whimsical world of Wallace & Gromit

Embark on a journey into the charming and whimsical world of Wallace & Gromit, the endearing animated characters created by Nick Park. As Bristol’s very own dynamic duo, these lovable characters have captured hearts around the globe with their humour and delightful adventures, adding a touch of playful magic to the city’s identity.

Gromit Unleashed 2025

Bristol Old Vic

As one of the oldest continuously operating theatres in the English-speaking world, Bristol Old Vic has a rich theatrical history. Attend a performance in this historic venue to enjoy top-notch productions.

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol's music scene

The city has a thriving music scene with numerous live music venues catering to various genres. Bristol is particularly known for its connection to the development of trip-hop music, with artists like Massive Attack and Portishead originating from the area.

A music lover's guide to Bristol

Historic Harbourside

The picturesque harbourside is a key feature of Bristol, offering a blend of maritime history and contemporary culture. Take a stroll along the waterfront, visit the SS Great Britain and absorb the maritime legacy that has shaped the city.

Bristol Harbourside

Clifton Suspension Bridge

An iconic symbol of Bristol, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is a masterpiece of engineering designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Spanning the Avon Gorge, the bridge provides breathtaking panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Aerospace industry

Bristol has a significant aerospace industry heritage, with companies like Airbus and Rolls-Royce having a strong presence. The city’s aerospace contributions have played a crucial role in shaping aviation technology globally.

Aerospace Bristol

Famous Bristolians

Bristol proudly claims birthrights to celebrated actors who have graced the global stage. Cary Grant, born in 1904, epitomised Hollywood charm; Pete Postlethwaite, born in 1946, left an indelible mark with powerful performances; and David Prowse, born in 1935, immortalised Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. These Bristol-born talents enrich the city’s cultural legacy and stand as pillars in the history of cinema.

Famous people of Bristol

Bristol Blue Glass

The city has a long tradition of glassmaking, and Bristol Blue Glass is a distinctive type known for its deep blue colour. Visitors can watch glass blowing demonstrations and purchase unique glass pieces as souvenirs.

Bristol Blue Glass Studio/Shop

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