Inclusion is at the heart of Bristol Harbour Festival. We work with all our artists and teams to make each part of your festival experience accessible.

Access Information

The festival takes place across different locations around Bristol’s Harbourside. Surfaces are a mix of hard-standing, permanent roads (including cobbles), and grass in College Green and Queen Square. There are steps and kerbs - 2024 festival site map will follow for more details.

All of our sites:

  • Welcome Assistance Dogs
  • Have chairs available


Accessible toilets are located at every toilet block throughout the festival site. 

British Sign Language

Info is coming soon for Bristol Harbour Festival 2024.


Blue Badge holders may park in any on-street pay & display bay or council-owned car park without payment of parking charges in accordance with the terms of use for their blue badges.

Blue Badge holders may also park for free in any pay & display, limited waiting bays or permit holder bays.

Accessible viewing areas

There will be a mix of raised viewing areas and ground-level viewing areas for customers with access requirements across the festival sites. These will be stewarded and run on a first come first serve basis, with limited seating will be available. Further information on their location will follow.

Mobility scooters

Bristol Shopmobility is based in Cabot Circus car park approximately 0.7 miles from Queen Square. It hires out a mixture of equipment including electric scooters and manual wheelchairs. Up to five hours’ free parking in Cabot Circus car park is included with the hire of equipment. For full details and to book please visit

Break out and quiet space

We will be offering Harbour Festival visitors with ASD a safe and calm space during the festival weekend. Further information on their location will follow.

Getting Around

If you are planning to cover the whole site or just concentrate on one or two areas, the following distance may help in planning your day:

Main routes:

Queen Square to Brunel’s ss Great Britain: 0.63 miles; approx. 15 minutes

Queen Square to Millennium Square: 0.53 miles; approx. 10 minutes

Queen Square to College Green: 0.4miles - Approx 8 minutes

Queen Square to Cathedral Walk: 0.5 miles; approx. 10 minutes

Millennium Square to Brunel’s ss Great Britain: 0.64 miles; approx. 10 minutes via ferry

Temple Meads Train Station to:

Queen Square: 0.68 miles; approx. 15 minutes

Brunel’s SS Great Britain: 1.22 miles; approx. 25 minutes

Millennium Square: 1.22 miles; approx. 20 minutes

Get in touch

If you have a question or query about access at Bristol Harbour Festival please get in touch.