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Bristol Temple Meads

Bristol’s oldest and largest railway station

Bristol Temple Meads was designed by the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in August 1840 as the western terminus of the Great Western Railway from London Paddington.

To meet the demand of the increasing number of trains passing through Bristol Temple Meads the station was extended in 1870 and again in 1930, then 1965 saw the closure of the original platforms.

Passenger numbers have been increasing year on year, with around 10 million passengers passing through the station each year.

We are upgrading the station to meet growing demand and improve the customer experience.

Visit our Bristol Rail Regeneration page to find out more information.

Bristol Temple Meads station front

Station Notice – ticket office

Our rewire project is getting underway, renewing all electrical systems at the station.

The ticket office is temporarily moving to the former Bonaparte’s café bar on platform 3 from 18 April 2022 for up to 12 weeks.

It will be accessible via a door next to the Bonapartes ticket gateline from Friary.

Station opening hours

  • Monday to Friday: 04:30 – 01:45
  • Saturday: 05:00 – 01:45
  • Sunday: 07:00 – 01:45

Tickets and travel information

National Rail Enquiries
03457 48 49 50

Textphone: 0345 60 50 600
Welsh language line: 0345 60 40 500

Station enquiries

General station enquiries: 03457 11 41 41

Find your way around using the Bristol Temple Meads Station Map (PDF, 1 MB)

British Transport Police

The British Transport Police helpdesk is on platform 3.

For help call 0800 40 50 40 (24 hours), text 61016 or speak to a member of station staff. In an emergency call 999.

British Transport Police in our stations

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