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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
YHA Bristol Hostel
- Location: 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
- Distance from conference venue: 550m (seven-minute walk)
- Price per night: from £49.00
Getting around Bristol
Bristol is a very walkable, albeit hilly, city, so getting around is easy! If you are travelling further, cycling and Voi 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 busses 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 busses are wheelchair-accessible, equipped with ramps or lifts, and have designated spaces for passengers with mobility aids. Additionally, 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 some of our top things to do during your visit to Bristol. Below are a few of our insider recommendations.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.