Travel to the Fiesta
The beautiful Ashton Court Estate is situated to the West of Bristol City Centre. It has ample parking for cars, can be reached on foot or bike from the city or via public transport.
With hundreds of thousands of people visiting the fiesta, we work very hard to manage the access routes and car parks to make your visit as simple as possible. There are many ways of getting directly into the Fiesta event site either by car, walking or by official dedicated bus services. At peak times you can expect a short wait to enter and leave the car parks, so please, where possible plan your journey in advance, arrive early and be patient with fellow visitors.
If you are planning an evening visit (remember there is no mass ascent on Thursday 6th but there is a Night Glow) Friday evening is the quietest of the three days of ascents. The key is to arrive early and get yourself into a good position, watch the balloon teams do the hard work, enjoy the arena entertainment and perhaps do a bit of shopping.
Follow the yellow road signs to the Fiesta - Public Car Parks are clearly signposted
From the North, M5 Junction 19: take the A369 towards Bristol city centre
From the South, M5 Junction 21: take the A370 towards Bristol
From the East or West, M4 Junction 20: take the M5 southbound, leaving at junction 19 for the A369 towards Bristol city centre
SAT NAV Details: If you use a SAT NAV use the postcode BS8 3TQ. Once you pick up the yellow event road signs, please follow these as they will direct you with the flow of event traffic.
Car Parking will be available to purchase from February via the 'Book Car Parking' section on the website.
Head for gate 7 as this gives you the best access to all the entertainment
The Fiesta site is a 45 minute walk from Bristol City Centre, Clifton and South Bristol. Please use the Festival Way if you are walking from central Bristol, which is sign posted from the M-Shed museum.
Important Information regarding the Clifton Suspension Bridge
The Clifton Suspension Bridge will be closed to all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians during the evenings of the two nightglows, Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th August 2014It will be closed from 6.00pm, re-opening at 12 midnight.
First bus will operate a high frequency bus service during the fiesta weekend, connecting Temple Meads railway station and the Centre with the Fiesta site.
First Day West of England - £7.00 (includes travel across the West of England and on Balloon Shuttle)
First Day West of England Balloon Fiesta Family ticket - £14.00 (includes travel across the West of England and on Balloon Shuttle for 5 passengers with a maximum of 2 adults)
Adult Balloon Shuttle Single - £2.50
Adult Balloon Shuttle Return - £4.00
Child / Young Person (16-21 years)* / Student* / Concession Balloon Shuttle Single - £2.00
Child / Young Person (16-21 years)* / Student* / Concession Balloon Shuttle Return - £3.00
No other tickets are valid on the Balloon Shuttle service, which includes First Day Inner Zone, First Day Outer Zone, First Night Inner Zone, First Day West of England, First Day West of England Plus, Freedom Travelpass, season tickets and concessionary passes.
*Discount eligible with a First photo ID pass.
Timetable - Click here to download a PDF
West of England area map – Click here to download
Drop Off/Pick Up Facility
A dedicated drop off/pick up facility will be loacted within a short walk from the Fiesta site. Please follow the event signs to the facility.
First Great Western run frequent, high-speed services to Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway from London Paddington. Services also run to Bristol from various locations around South Wales, Birmingham and the South West - as well as the rest of the UK.
On arriving at Bristol Temple Meads, visitors can make their onward journey to the Fiesta on the Official Fiesta Bus Service.
Further details are available from:
National Rail Enquiries
Tel: 08457 48 49 50
First Great Western
Tel: 08457 00 01 25
First Bus operates bus services throughout Bristol. Many of these services pick-up and drop-off at Bristol's bus and coach station located in the city centre.
For bus times visit www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/southwest/bristol/home/index.php
National Express runs frequent coach services to Bristol from various locations in the UK.
Private Coach Parties will be able to be dropped off within close proximity of the event site - clearly sign posted. Click here for information regarding local coach parking facilities.
Our recommended taxi service is 1st Call Taxis, who can be reached on 0117 955 8558. The Drop Off/Pick Up facility is located at Ashton Gate, a short walk to the Fiesta site.
Motorbike parking is accessible via Gate 6 and is only available to purchase on the day for 5 pounds.
Bicycles can enter the estate from Gate 3 - Kennel Lodge Road. There are cycle storage areas on site (stewards will direct you). Please note that bicycles are left at your own risk.
The nearest airport is Bristol International Airport, visit www.bristolairport.co.uk for further details.