Ashton Gate: Bristol City

Ashton Road, Bristol, England, BS3 2EJ
By User:BadboyIain (Photo by User:BadboyIain.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bristol City have called Ashton Gate home since 1904, exactly 110 years before Bristol Rugby joined them at the historic old stadium. When it was opened in 1887 it was actually home to a club called Bedminster FC, but when they joined forces with Bristol South End to form Bristol City in 1900 the new club actually played its games at South End’s old ground, St. John’s Lane.

As is the case with Bristol as a city, football has not had it all its own way at Ashton Gate. In fact, the rugby played at the stadium has arguably been of more importance over the years, with the stadium setting an all-time Premiership record attendance outside of Twickenham when Bristol played Bath in 2006. The ground has also been used for England internationals, with a match against Wales recorded as early as 1899.


Ashton Gate Stats
Year Opened1887
Average Attendance20,351
Record Attendance43,335 (Bristol City v Preston (1935))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
OwnerBristol City Football Club
Clubs HostedBedminster F.C., Bristol City F.C., Bristol Rugby
First FixtureEngland v Wales (20/04/1899)
Bristol City Stats
Year Founded1897
NicknameThe Robins
Club MascotScrumpy the Robin
Rivals Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City, Swindon Town, Plymouth Argyle
Previous StadiumsSt John's Lane
KitRed & White (Home) / Yellow (Away)
Training GroundBCFC Training Ground
Shirt SponsorHuboo
Team OwnerStephen Lansdown
Record GoalscorerJohn Atyeo (351)
Record AppearancesJohn Atyeo (645)

Ashton Gate Photos

Ashton Gate Seating Plan & Where to Sit

Ashton Gate has four stands in a typically ‘English Style’, though The Williams Stand was demolished in 2015 as the club prepared to begin renovations on it. It re-opened ahead of the 2016-2017 season and was re-named as the Lansdown Stand. The Dolman Stand is the largest section of the ground and sits opposite where The Williams Stand used to be, currently sponsored by ETM Recycling, whilst The Atyeo Stand which is sponsored by Bateman Skips was built in 1994 and contains the club’s dressing rooms. The South Stand was opened in 2015 and is the only one of the currently opened stands not named after a person, although it does have a sponsor by the name of Xledger.

Bristol City Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for Bristol City matches are rather less convoluted than others, but there are different prices for members and non-members. Different areas of the ground also cost different amounts, with your age playing a further part in how much you’ll be charged.

Here are the cheapest and most expensive ticket options in each category for adults and concessions, presuming that you don't hold a membership card:

  • Gold - Adults: £25 - £45 / Concessions: £22 - £40
  • Silver - Adults: £25 - £34 / Concessions: £22 - £35

How To Get Bristol City Tickets

If you’d like to see Bristol City play then your best bet for tickets is the club’s official website. If you’d prefer then you can also buy tickets over the phone by calling the club’s ticket office. In the case of some matches you might be able to buy tickets by visiting the ticket office, though this isn’t always the case.

Where to Buy

Getting To Ashton Gate

Bristol is pretty close to South Wales, so depending on where you’re coming from it’s easy enough to get to. Here are some of the more conventional routes you might wish to look at:

Train - Bristol itself has two main train stations in Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, though Ashton Gate is closest to Parson Street Station. You can get there on a direct line from either of the main stations as well as from Weston-Super-Mare and Taunton. It’s then an 18 minute walk to the ground.

Bus - There are two match day services that you’ll want to look out for; The BC1 drops off just by the ground and Abus run another service from Brislington Eagle Road that runs through the centre.

Car - If you’re on the M4 leave it at Junction 19 onto the M32 then get on the A4032. Go onto the A4044 then the A4 then the A370 before following signs for the ground. From the M5 leave at Junction 18 and get onto the A4 then the A38 before following signs.

By Air - Bristol has its own airport that serves plenty of Europe’s main cities and offers a bus service to Bristol Parkway for your connections.

Taxi - A taxi from Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station to Ashton Gate will take about ten minutes and cost £8.

Parking Near Ashton Gate

There is limited parking near to Ashton Gate, with on-street parking restrictions in place. You might be able to find a couple of private car parks, of course, and there will be public ones in Bristol city centre. Ashton Event Parking is nearby so a good option to try first.

Useful Resources

Ashton Gate Hotels

Bristol is a lovely city with plenty of hotels around. Here are some of our favourites:

Clift Guest House - £70+

6 Clift House Road, Bristol, England, BS3 1RY
It's a budget option put it's perfectly ok, with free wifi and laundry facilities plus the ability to share rooms if you really want to cut the costs. No parking though. More details.

ibis Bristol Centre - £80+

Explore Lane, Bristol, BS1 5TY
Often a favourite of football fans looking for a budget chain hotel to stay in, this outlet of ibis offers a terrace, a restaurant and a bar about a mile and a half from the ground. More details.

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel - £100+

College Green, Bristol, England, BS1 5TA
Just over a mile away from Ashton Gate is this Marriott hotel with a health club, indoor pool, self-parking and two restaurants. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Ashton Gate

Right on the border of Somerset and Gloucestershire, you can be sure to get a decent pint of cider in Bristol. Here are some of our favourite pubs for cider-lovers and non-cider-lovers alike:

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Place, Bristol, BS1 6XJ (07794 781189)
A characterful place that welcomes away fans, Nova Scotia offers good ales, ciders and decent food.

The Knights Templar

1 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6DG (0117 930 8710)
If all else fails, search out a Wetherspoons. The Knights Templar is just that so you’ll get cheap food and cheap drink and a reasonably good atmosphere.

The Cottage Inn

Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG (0117 921 5256)
A real ‘traditional’ style pub that sits right on the harbour, The Cottage Inn serves delicious food and has an outdoor area if the weather’s good.


Some of the areas of Ashton Gate are newer than others, but the quality of the facilities are pretty excellent everywhere in the ground. You’ll find many kiosks and stalls offering food, drinks and programmes in wide, clean concourses.


  • Programme: 3.50
  • Pie: 3.60
  • Cup of tea: 2.20
  • Beer: 4.50


From Bristol City FC

Ashton Gate has a number of excellent hospitality lounges, so you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy if you want to watch Bristol City play in style. You can opt for a matchday package in The Heineken Lounge, for example, that would see you receive a three-course meal before the game, a cheese and biscuit selection afterwards, seating on a terrace outside of the lounge for the match itself, half-time refreshments, and more. Not to mention guest speakers and player appearances to make the day memorable.

The Lansdowne Suite is the slightly more up market choice, with a sliding scale of increasingly VIP packages. Three course meal, half time mini pies, champagne receptions and welcome hosts, padded seating in the Lansdowne Stand, plus Q and As etc. to boot.

Private Hire

Ashton Gate Stadium has its own website outside of the football club, so it’s fair to say that they offer some of the best private hire options in Bristol. You can use some of the numerous lounges for business conferences, perhaps, or host a dinner dance at the home of Bristol City. Maybe you’d like to get married at Ashton Gate? Well they’ve got that covered, with Asian Weddings a speciality too.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing, there are no tours of Ashton Gate available. For the moment your only choice for seeing around the venue is by taking an online virtual reality tour, although to be fair it is pretty impressive if you are interested. If anything changes in the future then we'll update this section of the site.

About Bristol City

1909 FA Cup Final, Man United v Bristol City - By yahoo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bristol City have had some ups and downs since they were formed properly in 1897. For starters, The Robins actually reformed as Bristol City FC (1982) Limited in, you guessed it, 1982 after the club endured financial ruin at the start of that decade. In fact it coincided with them setting a somewhat unwanted record - they remain one of only 3 clubs to suffer three consecutive relegations in the Football League, the others are Luton Town and Wolves.

They have endured some success over the years, too. In 1907 they finished as runners-up in the country’s top-tier, that coming immediately on the back of their promotion from the Second Division after they won it in 1906. They won the Third Division in 2015 and have been League Cup semi-finalists twice; once in 1971 and once in 1989.

Ashton Gate History

Ashton Gate 1982 - Steve Daniels [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

There is, in essence, a before and after with Ashton Gate Stadium. Of course there have been numerous developments of the ground since it was built in 1897, though none of them were as comprehensive as the one that has been going on since the start of 2015. The old East End Stand, for example, was the location for the home supporters until it was demolished in 2014 in order to be rebuilt to more modern standards. The Williams Stand, too, was a fixture at the ground until it was destroyed in 2015 and re-opened as the Lansdown Stand.

As well as being the home of Bristol City and Bristol Rugby, the ground has been used to host England Under-21 internationals, such as the one against Uzbekistan that took place in 2010. It has also been used as the location for a number of music concerts from artists like The Who, The Rolling Stone, Brian Adams, Bon Jovi and Elton John.

Future Developments

Artist's Impression

Owing to the fact that the club demolished and re-built several sections of the stadium between 2015 and 2017, it's fair to assume that future developments will now be limited for the foreseeable future. Ashton Gate is going to be part of a bigger sports village with a 4,000 seat basketball stadium having been given the green light, but there are no plans for the football ground.

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