Use of resources and advice is free but we appreciate donations which help us to purchase more resources.  Non-members are welcome - just walk in and sign our visitors book.  You can also buy a range of books, fiche, CD's and we provide free access to the Ancestry, Findmypast and the UK National Newspaper Archive websites.

When visiting our Research Room, follow the signs to the Bristol Archives when you walk into the Create Centre.  Our room is in front of you as you walk into the Archives Exhibition area.  If you miss us and end up in the Archives search room, do not sign in but tell them that you are going to the Bristol & Avon FHS Research Room and you will be given directions.  Please do NOT use the Archives lockers but take your belongings into our Research Room with you.  You may use your mobile phone or digital camera to take copies of documents etc. in our Research Room for personal use without charge.

This section of the website is a virtual extension of our research room.  The left side menu takes you to a variety of 'on line' resources and to see what books, fiche CDs and other records we have physically available for you to explore in our Research Room, please use the Library catalogue.

Our Research Room is at the

Bristol Archives,
'B' Bond Warehouse,
Smeaton Road,
BS1 6XN.

Opening Times

*** N.B. Closed on Thursday 27th December 2018 *** 

10am - 1pm

1pm - 4pm

Saturdays - first two of each month
10am - 1pm


Public Transport to Bristol Archives

Any bus from the bus station that goes via Hotwells / Merchants Road. Full details can be found on the First Bus website.

Hotwells is also served by buses on the Park and Ride service from Long Ashton and the Portway. These services run about every twelve minutes.

The 505 service Southmead Hospital - Bower Ashton via Horfield, Clifton, Queens Road, Hotwells Road.

The 506 service Southmead Hospital links Broadmead (Castle Green, not the bus station) and Temple Meads with the Create Centre, Smeaton Road, every 30 minutes. 

Another alternative is the Bristol Ferry Service - you can catch it from Temple Meads Station and get off at the Nova Scotia pub which is about five minutes walk from the Record Office - timetable

It is important to check that these details are still correct before you travel, however, as routes and timetable do change on a regular basis.