Study in Bristol, the winner of The Sunday Times 'Best Places to Live 2017'. LARA Bristol is centrally located and easy to get to by car or by public transport.
The Old Library
Getting to LARA Bristol
Getting to The Old Library by car couldn’t be easier. Coming from London or the East the M32, which connects to the M4, is the main arterial road in and out of Bristol. Follow this road into Bristol until it turns into the A4032. Shortly after the motorway has become the A4032, there is a left turn (with its own separate lane and traffic lights) after a large shop called Staples. Take this turn. The road you have turned onto is called Houlton Street, which is straight and turns into Wade Street, and then meets a one-way road, the A420. Take the only possible option, which is a left turn, and then the next available right turn, which is the A420 feeding round to the right (straight on would take you onto the A432). Immediately after the turn you will see The Old Library on your left.
Coming from the North or West are also easiest and quickest by joining the M32 at the Hambrook Interchange (Junction 19 on the M4) and following the directions above.
The only time is it quicker to use a different route is if you are coming from the direction of Bath: In this case, coming into Bristol on the Bath road, as you see Arnos Manor and Arnos Vale park on your left, turn slightly right to carry on to St. Phillips Causeway/A4320. Stay on St. Phillips Causeway until you reach the Lawrence Hill Roundabout. At the roundabout, take the second exit, staying on the A4320 and shortly after exiting take the first left, which feeds you round onto the A432/Stapleton Road. After a short distance this road feeds your round to the left. Immediately after the left turn, look to your left and you will see The Old Library.
For those who like to use google maps for navigation here’s a link to The Old Library: Google Maps >
While The Old Library does not have its own car park The Trinity Centre, which is just around the corner (up to the end of Trinity Road and it’s on your left as you turn left), offers 12 hours of parking for £5. The one downside of the Trinity Centre carpark is that its machine does not accept cards or anything smaller than a 20p piece, so if you are planning to use it be sure to bring exact change and not including anything smaller than 20p pieces.
Here’s a link to the Trinity Centre Parking
By Public Transport
LARA’s studio at The Old Library is a 15 minute walk from Bristol’s central train station - Bristol Temple Meads.
To walk to the Old Library from Temple Meads station, exit via the rear entrance and walk straight ahead, past the mini, paved roundabout on the left and then past Philpotts and Starbucks also on the left. Ahead and slightly to the right you will come to Valentines Bridge, cross it and walk to the left of Burgess Salmon, then immediately right on Avon Street and then after only a few metres turn left onto New Kingsley Road. Walk in a straight line until you meet Midland Road and then turn left. Walk down Midland Road until you meet Old Market and then turn right. Follow Old Market until the road forks. Follow the left fork (against oncoming traffic) which will take you onto Trinity Road and you will see the Old Library on the right-hand side of the road.
If you prefer to reduce the amount of walking, you can take the number eight bus from the bus stop outside the main entrance of Temple Meads Station. Get off the bus at Temple Way stop. Once off the bus you will see Old Market Roundabout in front of you. Cross the road just before the roundabout and turn right down Old Market by the Stag and Hounds pub. Follow Old Market until the road forks. Follow the left fork (against oncoming traffic) which will take you onto Trinity Road and you will see the Old Library on the right-hand side of the road.
Accessing LARA Bristol
Entry to the Old Library is via the front door on Trinity Road. The door has a keypad entry system. On arriving at The Old Library for the first time, press the LARA buzzer and we will buzz you in. Full-time students will be given the door code.
Facilities at LARA Bristol
All students at LARA Bristol will have free access to high-speed fibre broadband. The Old Library has male and female toilets, with a disabled access toilet and shower. There is a smoking area to the back of the building.
Staying in Bristol
If you are visiting Bristol to attend one of our workshops, the city has a range of options for accommodation. The city’s official tourist website has a good overview of hotels, hostels and B&Bs. Tripadvisor also has a range of hotels as well as useful guides for things to see in and around the city. Additionally, Airbnb has over 100 listings within a 30 minute walk of The Old Library and over 200 within a 45 minute walk. As a guideline, per-night rates in Bristol for a hotel room range from around £40 for a budget hotel, to around £100 for the best hotels. Airbnb rates are typically around £20 per night for a room in a shared house, and around £50-£80 for single room private apartment.
For students who are moving to Bristol for a longer period, rooms in shared house can be found on Spareroom.co.uk for between £300-£500 per month, depending on proximity to the city centre.
Food and Drink on Old Market
In order from closest to Trinity Road towards Broadmead:
- West Street Kitchen - Artisan food and coffee.
- Fi Real – Caribbean vegan and vegetarian café.
- Old Market Café – Greasy spoon.
- Old Market Assembly – Highly rated pub with theatre and bakery attached.
- Alex does Coffee – High quality coffee shop on the ground floor of Two’s Company artist’s studios.
- Barrika – Tapas bar.
- ‘25a Old Market’ – Coffee shop and deli.
- Bagelicious – Bagels.
The Arts in Bristol
Bristol has a thriving arts scene, to be found in some great galleries, independent studios, collectives and of course the street! Below is a list of just some of the excellent arts venues across the city.
- The Arnolfini
- The Royal West of England Academy
- Spike Island Studios
- Hamilton House
- The Island
- Space (just a stone’s throw from LARA Bristol)
- Jamaica Street Studios
- Blaze studio
- Centrespace Gallery
A fuller list can be found here.