The ALAMA Autumn Conference Venue


The city of Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, cider, maritime history, annual hot air balloon fiesta, green credentials, aerospace industry, Wallace and Gromit and Brunel’s legacy of civil engineering, embodied by the harbour, SS Great Britain and the world famous Clifton Suspension bridge.

ALAMA Conference location: Marriot Royal Hotel, Bristol


The conference will be held in the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel which occupies a location next to the Cathedral and the harbour, in the heart of the city.

Originally opened in 1863, the hotel exudes polished marble, warm mahogany and gleaming brass interiors. Air-conditioned rooms have large work areas and high-speed internet connections and the Roman-style leisure club has a pool, sauna and gym.

ALAMA Conference location: Marriot Royal Hotel, Bristol

Conference Reception & Dinner

As we are in Bristol there seemed to be only one suitable venue for the conference dinner on Thursday 19th November. The SS Great Britain. This famous former passenger steamship, now a museum, was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company’s transatlantic service between Bristol and New York.

She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845, in the time of 14 days. Her four decks provided accommodation for 360 passengers who were provided with cabins and dining and promenade saloons. Now listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, she is an award-winning visitor attraction and museum ship.

Numbers on board the SS Great Britain are limited and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Alternatively, Package B on the Registration Options offers an ‘opt out’ dinner at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel.

How to get there

To plan your journey by car, train or plane enter your starting point in the Google Maps directions page for the Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel.

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

College Green, Bristol, England. BS1 5TA

Tel: +44 1179 255 100
Fax: +44 1179 251 515
Website: Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

By Plane

Bristol Airport is 8 miles southwest of the city centre. It is a major base for budget airlines Easyjet and Ryanair. A bus service into the city runs every 10 minutes and takes approximately 35 minutes.

By Train

Bristol Temple Meads rail station is located approximately 15 minutes walk from the city centre and has regular train services from Bath, Birmingham, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Swansea and York. It is the oldest, continuously and still operating train station in the world.

By Car

By car, the M5 and M4 motorways intersect near Bristol and the M32, a motorway ‘spur’, brings traffic directly into the city centre. The M4 links London with Bristol with a driving time of less than two hours.

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