Straddling the River Avon, in the southwest of the UK, Bristol is a city steeped in maritime history. What was once a city-centre port is now considered to be a cultural hub. The city’s former warehouses are now home to restaurants and cultural institutions as a result of major regeneration. Bristol is famous for its modern economy, which has been built on the aerospace industry, electronics and creative media. It is the home of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the birthplace of Nitrous Oxide and was the first city in Britain to be named European Green Capital. It is a fantastic base for any project management training course.
Bristol has declared itself to be one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK, and it certainly benefits from some very good transport networks. Getting here by air is very easy; Bristol Airport links the city to a number of destinations not only in the UK but also Europe and further afield. The airport is linked to Bristol city centre by a number of bus and coach routes, with journey times of about 25 minutes. Bristol is well placed for road access from London, the North of England and also the east. It is located at the intersection of the M5 and M4 motorways. The largest rail hub in the west of the country, Bristol Temple Meads, offers direct trains to Scotland, Wales, Manchester, Birmingham and London. The city is also easily accessible by coach, with National Express coaches linking Bristol to most major cities in the UK. Public transport links in Bristol make it very easy to get around the city once you are there.
Because project management training courses normally take place over several days it is a good idea to look for local accommodation. Fortunately, Bristol has plenty of great hotels to offer.
The Bristol Hotel, Prince St, Bristol BS1 4QF
An iconic building located on the quayside of the floating harbour, The Bristol is an ideally placed luxury hotel in the heart of the city. The hotel has paid public parking onsite as well as electric vehicle charging points. There is a business centre with plenty of internet access and also meeting rooms for those who would like to conduct their project management training courses in the same location. It benefits from all of the amenities that you would expect from a 4-star hotel.
Bristol Marriott City Centre, 2 Lower Castle St, Bristol BS1 3AD
Located right in the heart of the city, this hotel is conveniently placed for those who prefer to use public transport; there is no on-site parking, although paid public parking is available nearby. It has all of the amenities you would expect from a hotel in the Marriott group, including free WIFI in all areas of the hotel and onsite meeting rooms. Whilst there is a restaurant in the hotel, there are also plenty of restaurants within a short walk of the hotel, making it a great choice for anyone who would like to explore Bristol during their stay.
Avon Gorge by Hotel Du Vin, Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4LD
In the heart of Clifton Village, just outside the city centre, but still within walking distance, is the stunning Avon Gorge Hotel. This is a historic hotel with the décor to match, and it offers some truly unrivalled views over the surrounding area and, of course, the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Parking at the hotel is limited. However, the hotel does have some parking permits for the village, which can be made available to visitors on a first come, first served basis. Situated on the outskirts of Bristol, this hotel offers a very tranquil stay.
Some of the hotels we have mentioned have meeting room facilities that are available for training courses, but not everyone wants their accommodation and training to take place in the same location. Fortunately, in a city the size of Bristol, you will find that there are plenty of meeting rooms to hire.
Regus have five meeting rooms for hire in Bristol, three well-appointed locations in the heart of the city: Castlemead (at Lower Castle St, Castlemead, Bristol BS1 3AG), Broad Quay House (at Prince St, Bristol BS1 4DJ) and All Saints Street (BS1 2LZ), and a further two on the outskirts. As with all Regus facilities, they are fully equipped with all of the equipment that is needed to carry out comprehensive training courses, and their central location means that there are plenty of facilities nearby for catering.
Another company specialising in workplaces and meeting rooms, Zipcube offer a number of centrally located meeting rooms. These are equipped with breakout areas, and every room features a range of technology to help you deliver training sessions. They have meeting rooms to suit groups of varying sizes, and their website will allow you to easily choose the most appropriate solution based on the number of attendees.
Things to do in Bristol
As most project management training courses last for several days, you will probably want to find something to do in the evenings, and Bristol has plenty to offer.
When it comes to dining in Bristol, there are some fantastic restaurants to choose from, with a wealth of different cuisines to choose from. If, however, you are looking for something a little special, then Bristol is home to two Michelin star restaurants, there are also a number of Michelin plate restaurants and some which have been awarded the Bib Gourmand.
Bulrush is the newest Bristol restaurant to receive a coveted Michelin star. The restaurant, which has been open since 2015, makes great use of fresh organic and foraged ingredients to present a menu that is very inventive and a real contrast in tastes and flavours. The restaurant can be found on Cotham Road, BS6 5TZ. The other Michelin star restaurant in Bristol is Paco Tapas which offers a completely different taste experience. As the name would suggest, this is a tapas restaurant serving a cleverly balanced menu featuring a wide range of tapas and a great selection of Spanish wines alongside. Find Paco Tapas on Lower Guinea St in Redcliffe, BS1 6SY.
When it comes to entertainment, Bristol’s nightlife is legendary. Whether you want to visit a club, see a live gig or visit a bar, there really is something for everyone with a wide range of magic, comedy nights, and even karaoke bars to be found in the city centre.
Bristol has a thriving theatre and performing arts scene with a good number of theatres and the Bristol Hippodrome offering a diverse range of entertainment. Bristol has also been awarded purple flag status, which is similar to the blue flag system for beaches but is an accreditation for a city’s nightlife and evening economy. The purple flag covers all 5 areas of the city: West End, Harbourside, Quayside, Old City, Bristol Shopping Quarter, Old Market Quarter