• Ashton Gate Stadium

    The home of sport, entertainment and events

Ashton Gate Stadium

The home of sport, entertainment and events


Ashton Gate Stadium is home to Bristol City FC and the Bristol Bears. It has a seated capacity for 27,000 people. After a £45 million refurb in 2016, it is now available to host a wide variety of private events as well as sporting a sports bar and pizzeria, coffee shop and the club store. 

It is also used as a live music venue. During the Summer of 2019, Ashton Gate Stadium hosted four concerts as Rod Stewart, Take That, Spice Girls and Muse performed live in Bristol!

History of Ashton Gate

Ashton Gate Stadium was the home of Bedminster FC until they in 1900 merged with Bristol City. The merged club first moved to Bristol City’s ground at St John’s Lane, but in 1904 back to Ashton Gate. The ground was gradually developed in the following years and in 1913 hosted an international between England and Wales. Ashton Gate set its record attendance in 1935 when 43,335 people attended an FA Cup tie versus Preston North End.

In 1958, a new main stand, the Williams Stand, opened. Twelve years later, in 1970, the new Dolman Stand was built on the opposite side. The ground remained largely unchanged until the 1990s when it got converted into an all-seater. At the same time (in 1994), the new Atyeo Stand was built behind one of the goals. One year later, a new lower tier got added to the Dolman Stand.

In the 2000s, Bristol City started exploring the possibilities of building a new modern stadium. Plans were made for a 30,000-seater just south of Ashton Gate in the Ashton Vale area, dubbed  Ashton Vale Stadium, but heavy resistance of local residents and environmental groups first delayed and ultimately cancelled the plans.

In late 2013, Bristol City instead presented plans for the redevelopment of Ashton Gate, first as a back-up for the Ashton Vale plans, but since April 2014 as their principal plans. Over a period of two years starting in the summer of 2014, both the Williams and Wedlock Stand got rebuilt, while the other two stands got refurbished. The works were completed in 2016 and raised capacity from 21,000 to 27,000 seats.

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Getting to Ashton Gate Stadium from Future Inn Bristol

Ashton Gate Stadium is a 12-minute taxi ride from Future Inn Bristol.  Alternatively, a bus can be caught which will take around 27 minutes - several go in this direction, with all bus stops a very short walk from the hotel. It would take approximately 45 minutes to walk from the hotel, or 12 minutes to cycle.

A shuttle bus service does also run on event days to Ashton Gate Stadium between 3pm-7.15pm. Return buses depart for an hour after the event.  Pre-booking is essential  The closest stop to the hotel is at Bristol Temple Meads a 15-minute walk from the hotel. 

Stay at Future Inn Bristol

Future Inn Bristol is an ideal base for the night in the heart of the city centre offering various sized rooms including ones that can sleep up to four adults or a family.  Perks include free car parking at Cabot Circus, free WiFi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 0117 304 1010 or reservations.bristol@futureinns.co.uk.

Pre or Post Exploring Dining

Chophouse Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before or after exploring. Every day the team serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, or an evening a-la-carte menu. Our set menu offers 3 courses for £20 daily between 6pm-9.30pm. Under 5's always eat for free, and the offer is extended to under 12's with a paying adult during school holidays. A large selection of drinks is also available including cocktails all of which are £7. Bookings can be made on 01752 701000 or chophouse@futureinns.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can book online: 

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