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Aerospace Bristol (Concorde museum) visit and DO | 24 Feb 2018

Old Nov 28, 2017, 3:25 pm
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Bristol DO (Concorde visit at Aerospace Bristol museum and evening drinks/meal) 24th Feb. 2018. (a Saturday)

DO activities and timings: (as a guide, this isn't regimented, however, you will want to maximise the Aerospace Bristol time so arriving in a timely manner will help, and later, our restaurant will get nervous if we don't arrive sometime between 7:45 and 8 PM!

I believe we currently have just about enough people car sharing/travelling together to get everyone to Aerospace Bristol from downtown...but if anyone needs a ride or is willing to offer a lift please do post that in the thread or note it on this wiki below by your name please. Ta!

Names for the lifts to/from Bristol to the museum can be added here, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qIRFZIpVQfiQRTBdwi0aZctVyQauU-v3UTfAL-6l8Ms/edit?usp=sharing

12:10 Meet at DoubleTree Bristol car park to car share (for those that wish to, DT allows a brief entry to their car park without charge)
12:15 to 12:45 Car convoy to Aerospace Bristol (it's about a 30 minute journey in traffic)
12:45 to 13:00 Arrive, Ticket collection at Aerospace Bristol (BotB to wait at entrance for any stragglers!)
13:00 Aerospace Bristol and Concorde visit (we are registered as a group and have a discounted price but it is not a guided tour) £10 / person, please bring cash to the venue to receive your ticket.
16:00 Aerospace Bristol closes for the day
Thereafter car convoy back to DT City Centre

Then, later on...we offer two choices (the equivalent of chicken or beef if you will)...

For the livelier crowd that wants a few local pints before the main meal:

A Mini Pub Crawl being led by When I Travel The World, starting at 18:30 and going until 19:30ish so you'll be at SOTA in time for a nice hot meal and rejoining the rest of us!

The plan currently is to grab a quick beer at Brew Dog and then move onto the Small Bar http://www.smallbar.co.uk/ .

For those interested, please PM When I Travel The World to find out the secret handshake and location...enjoy!

For the rest, or should you wish to do your own thing until just before the evening meal, you can meet up with BotB at the Watershed (an easy place to find and a short walk to the SOTA restaurant afterwards)...I'll be there from 18:30 so show up anytime you like up to 19:30 when I'll take anyone that is with me to SOTA and we'll meet up with the others...


18:30 to 19:30 Pre Meal Pub Crawl for those interested or...

18:30 to 19:30 General easy to find meeting point with options for drinks for those interested at Watershed cafe/bar area upstairs, harbourside. Website and info here: https://www.watershed.co.uk/cafe-bar

In either case, at: 19:30 to 19:45 both groups will stroll across to SOTA (Steak of the Art restaurant)....a 10 minute walk maximum along waterfront to Millennium square

19:45 Evening meal at Steak of the Art (SOTA)
22:45 We'll be asked to leave! (they close at 23:00 IIRC)...
Thereafter, those that wish to...can paint the town red...

Those attending: 29, so far, some for Museum, some for the evening meal!

For those attending the evening meal at SOTA, here is a link to the form you can fill out about your meal choices, sides, food allergies and such...(thanks to nick.t.davies ^ ) https://goo.gl/forms/aDDKGIJf2Kq6fqJi1 I will post about this in the thread as well with more detail but thought it would be good to have it linked here in the wiki as well.

allturnleft (all activities) (getting lift from BotB) (staying Bristol Hotel)
bigmarley4 +1 (museum only)
BotB (local) *willing to drive others to museum (all spare car space taken) (All activities) (staying DoubleTree)
camdentown (all activities)
Cymro (evening meal/drinks only)(staying DoubleTree)
Dakota (local) (all activities)
flyingbrief (all activities)
Greenpen (staying at Double Tree, all activities)
johnaalex (all activities) (staying Marriott Royal) willing to drive others to museum
KARFA (staying DoubleTree) (all activities)
matthandy (moving so may be local by that time!)
megaloman (museum only)(getting a lift with BotB)
morges1 (all activities) (staying Bristol Hotel)
MrBambi & MrsBambi (staying DoubleTree) *willing to drive others to museum (all activities)
nick.t.davies (staying DoubleTree) *willing to drive others to museum
PETER01 (evening meal/drinks only)
puqu99i +2 (all activities) (staying Mercure Brigstow) driving the trio!
simonsmith (all activities)
squawk (staying DoubleTree) (all activities) (getting a lift from BotB)
TheFlyingDoctor (local, museum visit in any case!) (already has ticket) public transport
thundercat (staying DoubleTree) *willing to drive others to museum (3 if CE, 4 if ET) (All activities)
When I Travel The World (Local, Museum visit and organising the pub crawl bit but not coming to dinner) (has own ticket for Bristol Aerospace) public transport
Ziz (evening meal/drinks only) (staying Hilton Garden Inn)

Hotels: (the Hilton DoubleTree seems to be the hotel of choice but for others see below!)

Link to post with suggested hotels in Bristol here: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29180826-post32.html (besides the excellent FT threads on many of the hotels mentioned...)

Transport: (how to get here and what options are available!)

Link to post with suggested transport options; https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29202661-post37.html

Other sites to check out while you are here:

Link to post with suggestions: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29202750-post38.html

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Old Dec 4, 2017, 7:13 am
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Great a Do in Bristol

Count me in.

I am booked into the Doubletree in Bristol.

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Hotels for the DO:

As this info is a bit longer, I thought I'd post in the thread rather than the wiki...it will also bring the DO back to the first page and I'll link to the post in the wiki for those looking for it later.

Bristol is quite good for hotels, whether on a budget or a loyalty member…Some that I think you should consider for the DO are below. Others are naturally available as well but these are the ones I would consider, if anyone has questions about these or ones not mentioned, just post or PM and I’ll happily try to comment/help.

Places to stay:

Near the Concorde (Bristol Aerospace) venue:

Personally, I’d stay in the city centre and get a taxi to the Bristol Aerospace venue as there is certainly more choice and much more to do over the day or two you stay in the centre than where the museum is located. If you are travelling on a tight budget or simply do want to be closer to the museum, there are a few Travelodges or Premier Inn’s located close (but not at) Bristol Aerospace, they are:

Travelodge Bristol Filton
link: https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/...l-Filton-hotel

A check this weekend for a one night stay on the 24th Feb. shows prices from £ 52. This hotel is only around 500m from Bristol Aerospace and there are some fast food places nearby (Subway and Costa for example)…I believe it is the hotel used for business people visiting Rolls Royce across the road.

Another aviation proximity hotel fairly close to the venue is the Premier Inn Bristol Filton (used by guests to Airbus factory beside it). You are likely about a mile walk to Bristol Aerospace from this hotel but you do get to walk around the soon to be no more Filton runway area (its to become a housing development). There are again some fast food venues here and a small mall. This hotel is on Gloucester Road, apparently the road with the most independent stores on it in the UK (don’t hold me to that but in any case a lovely ‘independent vibe’ to the road as you head into the city centre, if somewhat ‘raw.’
link: https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hot...ol-filton.html
Prices for the 24th start from £ 40 (a steal for Bristol hotels to be sure!)

There are also Premier Inn and Travelodge hotels at the motorway junction for Cribbs Causeway (a large industrial estate with one of the two biggest shopping malls in Bristol located here) just off the M5 motorway. I’ll not post links but these two are also around 2 miles to Bristol Aerospace but will lack any ambience at all…

Moving to the city centre and to the hotels with loyalty schemes (one notable exception):

Map of Bristol City Centre with most hotels showing on it for judging where to stay: (copyright of Google of course!):

Map with most hotels on it for quick comparison. Prices are not for the date of the DO...

Accor chain:

Ibis Bristol Centre: (excellent location in city centre)
link: Cheap hotel BRISTOL - ibis Bristol Centre
One night stay from £99

Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa (good location for city centre and decent reviews from FTers).
Link: Hotel BRISTOL - Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa
1 night stay from around £ 125

Novotel Bristol Centre: (a bit further out than the Ibis or Mercure above) but still easily walkable to downtown:
link: Hotel BRISTOL - Novotel Bristol Centre
One night stay from £ 115

Hilton chain:

Hampton by Hilton Bristol City Centre: (close to the second big shopping mall in Bristol and rather soulless but still…
link: Hotel Bristol City Centre - Hampton by Hilton Bristol City Centre
1 night stay from £111

Better are the following two hotels IMO,

Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre: still walkable to the city centre without issue):
link: Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre - Hotels Near Temple Mead
1 night stay from £ 95

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol City Centre: similar distance as Garden Inn above...
link:Bristol Hotels City Centre - DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City
1 night stay from £ 135

IHG chain:

There is a Holiday Inn City Centre and a Holiday Inn Express City Centre. Both are rather noisy locations but very convenient, if somewhat soulless. The HI is beside the Hampton Inn and would be my choice if I was staying with IHG.
Link: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotel...cc/hoteldetail
1 night stay from £ 135

HI Express: this one is beside Temple Meads train station so convenient for train travellers but I’ve not heard any good reviews from those that have stayed:
1 night stay from £ 105

Marriott chain:

There are 2 hotels, both quite convenient but rather dated from what I hear. Still, if you are a Marriott fan, these are the two for you:

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre: closer to the North of the City Centre and the Cabot Circus shopping mall, this would be my first choice: link:https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/tr...l-city-centre/
1 night stay from: unavailable currently but that may change!

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel: as close as it gets for hotels in the city centre, a lovely grand building but usually more expensive than other choices and I have no idea of the room quality or hotel.
Link: https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/tr...t-royal-hotel/
1 night stay from £ 156

Radisson chain:

Radisson Blue Hotel Bristol, city centre outside the door! Very convenient.
1 night stay from £ 125.


Hotel du Vin Bristol: Considered one of the best hotels in Bristol and close to all the city centre sites by foot but quite pricey.
A quick search showed a one night stay in style on the 24th would set you back £ 214.

I’ll look at transport options to the city and post links to those as well for those not local that are looking to come down to the DO…

Anyone else wish to join in on the DO on Feb.24th for either the Concorde and Museum visit and/or the evening drinks/meal? Open to all…

Safe travels.

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Sorry to hear that Calchas, hope you have a good time there, hope to catch up with you at another date / venue! Safe travels.
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Having watched the C5 Concorde programs this week I'll be coming along - MrsBambi's going to come with me - we'll be staying at The Doubletree in the city centre
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Flights and accommodation booked for 23rd-25th - in the Doubletree like several others. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
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Getting to Bristol (for those that have not been or are not familiar!)

Transport options to get to the DO: I appreciate that most (if not all) attending the DO will be living in the UK and know how to get here or already have been, however, should anyone be attending from farther afield and not be familiar I hope this transport post will help. Obviously, if anyone has any questions about transport please do post or PM and I’ll get back to you.

The suggestions from the aerospace Bristol museum page is a good place to start:

How to find us ? Aerospace Bristol

(which lists directions for car and coach as well as links to train and bus public transport methods)

By Air: https://www.bristolairport.co.uk

As this is an FT DO…obviously, people may fly down to BRS (Bristol airport). There are rental cars available there, as well as public transport routes into the city. (taxi and buses).

Generally for people travelling on a domestic flight to get here, there are plenty of BMI Regional, EasyJet and RyanAir (did I just type that? ) Seriously, there are plenty of flights to Bristol. (or nearby Cardiff, Exeter or Birmingham if you so wish…BA are looking to fly from Bristol soon but you won't be able to fly into Bristol with BA for this DO...even with a creative TP routing! (yet AFAIK)

The below maps give a view on the locations of the various transport methods into the city and to the museum as well as the motorways to Bristol. (both maps copyright of Google Maps, with some additional markings by me!)

All Roads Lead to Bristol....Motorway Map

Distances and General Locations of City Centre, Museum, Airport, Coach and Rail stations.

By Car:

As for travelling by road, Bristol is at the junction of the two key motorways in this part of the UK, the M4 and the M5. Depending on where you are staying, the M32 (off the M4) is a good route to get to the city centre.

By Rail:

GWR (Great Western Railway) is the West Country line and there are a few stations in Bristol. The main station for the city centre is Bristol Temple Meads, built by Brunel and worth seeing in its own right. You can walk to most city centre hotels from this station.

Bristol Parkway is a station closer to Filton and the museum and you could get a taxi from there to the museum and then hopefully catch a ride downtown afterwards with one of us that is driving.

Bristol Keynsham is between Bath and Bristol but not convenient for any hotels, city centre or the museum! Patchway is also not a station I would suggest using.

The GWR website is here: https://www.gwr.com

By Coach:

National Express Coach can get you to Bristol city centre: http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx

First National Bus: (Buses throughout Bristol area): https://www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west

However you get here, safe travels! See you at the DO!

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Other things to do during your trip to Bristol

Obviously, I hope you'll come to the DO for the Concorde Museum and the evening drinks and meal as the primary reason, however, while you are here, do consider checking out the following other interesting sites in the area:

The Clifton Suspension bridge designed by the great engineer Brunel, which you may have seen in some pictures of the last flights of the BA Concorde (which also was designed locally):


which you can also see and admire the views from this terrace at the Avon Gorge Hotel (and has some lovely pints to try as well…but you need a cab to get there):

Avon Gorge Hotel | Bristol

The SS Great Britian (before the days of airlines and FF schemes but the Concorde of her day:

Visit Bristol's No.1 Attraction | Brunel's SS Great Britain

The street here for sitting down and people watching while enjoying a pint and listening to music or admiring one of the oldest pubs in Bristol:




Visit the M shed (Bristol's Museum):

M Shed | Bristol Museums

Catch an indépendant movie and free wifi at the watershed downtown:


Eat at a great local restaurant on the floating harbour:


Or try out the Michelin starred Casamia restaurant:

Casamia Restaurant - Bristol

across the way check out the Arnolfini for arts:


Find out about where the expession 'to pay on the nail' came from and how railway caused two minute hands on a clock at this location:


Have a look at the Matthew which is a replica of what John Cabot sailed to North America from Bristol in 1497:


Cabot Circus for shopping nearby (walking distance):


Clifton Village for bars, restaurants, shops and people watching:


Check out the latest completely independent and vibrant area by the waterside called Wapping Wharf:

Wapping Wharf

Or walk along Gloucester Road, a thriving alternative shopping area;


and much more, for ideas about the music, arts and vibrancy of Bristol this is a good place to start:


Park Street for bars and a feel of what Bristol is like:


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As there has just been a programme on TV about Concorde I thought it appropriate to bump this event again.
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As there has just been a programme on TV about Concorde I thought it appropriate to bump this event again.
Thanks Greenpen ^ I've posted a note in the CommunityBuzz subforum as well so hoping that will increase exposure and get it listed in the next FT email newsletter to increase our numbers.

I did watch that Concorde program last night on BBC4 (titled: Concorde: A Supersonic story) Link here: BBC Four - Concorde: A Supersonic Story

What an emotive icon. You'll have seen that there was some footage of the Aerospace Bristol museum and it does whet the appetite!

Anyone like to join us after watching this? (or even without watching it! )

Open to all, Concorde is but one part of the museum! Filton, Bristol Aviation, Airbus, Rolls Royce all local here....
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Unfortunately won't be able to make this one.
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Just looking at public transport options from the centre of Bristol: according to the First Group map, buses 78 and 82 serve the museum (routes 75 and 79 are close by too). The website for getting the timetables is pretty awful - I'd rely on Google Maps, I think! - but there only seem to be a couple an hour.

Depending on people's plans, it might therefore be worthwhile for people to share a taxi from central Bristol. I will defer to BotB for local knowledge of this!
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As I live 10 minutes from Filton and used to work for Airbus, i will do whatever I can to come along.
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Due to a change of plans I can make the Do now. Have booked myself in to the Doubletree. Should get down late on Friday leave on Sunday. Will update wiki.

Thank you for organising BotB
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Count me in, I'll be coming down on Sat AM and will be staying in the DoubleTrees.
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