Visitor parking

University managed Visitor parking will be suspended from the 1 July 2023 until further notice. This is to support the safe demolition of part of the Hawthorns building, in preparation for the New Library. 

Alternative visitor parking options from the 1 July 2023:

On-street Pay and Display parking spaces
  • There are on-street Pay and Display parking space in and around the Clifton Campus.
  • You can park for up to 30 minutes free of charge using a pay and display ticket or pay to park for up to three hours. In some areas, you can park for longer than three hours. This will be shown on the signs next to the parking place and on the pay and display machine
 Public car parks 
 Departmental parking spaces
  • Some departments have self managed parking spaces for frequent external visitors.   

Disabled visitors

  • Visitors in possession of a local authority Blue Badge can use the rights they are given on public highways
Should a visitor wish to claim the cost of their third party visitor parking, then they will need to do so via the Travel and Expenses Policy.


Visitor car parking is located at the centre of the University precinct on The Hawthorns (Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1UQ) site. Spaces can be booked (on behalf of visitors) by University of Bristol staff only.

A visitor is anyone who wishes to visit the University and who is not a University employee.

Book Visitor Parking spaces here (up until the 30 June 2023)

You may reserve a parking space for either AM, PM or all day. At the time of booking, you will need to supply a charge code and the vehicle registration number.

All visitor car parking is booked online using the visitor car parking system.  Individual bookings can also be edited or deleted using this system. In the event that a vehicle registration number is not provided at the time of booking, please provide your visitor with the booking confirmation and ask them to display it in their vehicle when it is parked on-site.  Failure to do so may result in the issuing of a Civil Parking Notice.

Visitors in possession of a local authority Blue Badge may be booked into the Hawthorns or use the rights they are given on public highways.  Visitors holding a Blue Badge are not allowed to use disabled bays in any of the University car parks.  If a visitor requires an accessible parking bay due to their disability, the requesting department should contact Security Services (Car Parking) to ensure a space is allocated in an appropriate location. 

Should you have any questions, please call Security Services (Car Parking) on 0117 3311190.


1/2 day morning

(08:00 - 13:00)

1/2 day afternoon

(13:00 - 17:00)

Full day

(08:00 - 17:00)

Visitor parking policy    £3.50   £3.50   £7.00