Rock N Bowl Hostel
22 Nelson Street, Bristol, England

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Welcome to the Rock & Bowl!
Also known as 'The Lanes Hostel'

In a huge 1930's building in the heart of Bristol you will find our hostel, the Lanes bar & bowling alley, plus the GimmeShelter Vintage shop all in one!

We've got 24/7 reception hours - you can check in at any time after 15:00 and check out anytime before 12:00. You'll just need your passport/identity card with you to gain access to our facilities and deals in the Lanes

'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em'

As we're above a lively music venue and bowling alley (Friday and Saturday) we've teamed up to make sure our guests get the best deals. Guests have free entry to the Lanes and your first beer is only £2. We also offer a 20% discount on the pizzas, bowling and karaoke so you can join in the fun.

Please note that parking in the city centre can be very expensive and we can't offer any free parking.

There are no lockers in the room, however, we have luggage storage by reception and secure storage for expensive items/documents behind reception.

Email/call us directly for space hire, weekly rates or group bookings as we have different terms and conditions for these.

We hire towels and foreign electrical adaptors, deposits are required. We also have earplugs at reception.

Under-18s only accepted midweek. They must be in a private room and accompanied by adults.

Please note that after booking you will receive our email address.
You’ll need to send the security code (CVV/CVC) of the card you used when booking (this is the last 3 digits of the number on the signature strip at the back of your card) in order to fully secure your booking.

Failure to do so may result in you losing your reservation.

Check-in from 15:00.
Check-out strictly before 12:00.
A valid passport, national identity card (or a UK drivers' license) is required from each guest upon arrival.


  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Adaptors
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board games
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • DVD's
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Games Room
  • Hairdryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Nightclub
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Pool Table
  • Postal Service
  • Towels for hire
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine


Rock n Bowl is accessible by plane, train, bus, car and of course walking. Were only a 5 minute walk from the Bus and Coach Station and a 20 minute stroll from the train station. We know new cities can be tricky though so heres some guides we made for you.

Please input our post code 'BS1 2LA' in your GPS device as the address line (22 Nelson Street) might point you to the wrong part of town.

Coming from the Airport?
Bristol Airport is connected to Bristol by the Flyer Airport Express Link. You can find this bus just outside the airport. Pop on it and its last stop will take you to Bristols Bus and Coach Station, which is located on Cannon Street, Bristol.

Coming from the Bus and Coach Station?
Great, so youve made it to the coach station, but now where? Dont be daunted, its only a 5 minute walk.
Once youre off the coach and in the bus terminal building take a right toward the Winston Street exit.
You should now be on a street that goes uphill to your right and downhill to your left.
This street is called Winston Street. Go left downhill.
At the end go left again onto Lower Maudlin Street. Keep going until you reach some traffic lights.
Cross over the road toward the tree and the BUS AND ONLY lane.
The Bay Horse pub will be on your right. Use the pedestrian crossing to be nice and safe.
Take a right on this pavement, cross over the BUS AND ONLY lane and head toward the red telephone boxes.
Turn left at the telephone boxes and you will see a one way street ahead of you. This is called Silver Street. Cross the road and go down this street.
At the end of this street you will reach a row of shops. Turn right here into Nelson Street. Keep going down here until you reach the fantastic and highly recommended bar called The Lanes.
Head toward The Lanes main entrance. You will see an uphill side passage to the left of this entrance. Go up here.
The next door to your right will be the Rock N Bowl Entrance!

5-10 minute walk from the Megabus stop at Colston Hall:
1. Head south on Colston St/B4051
2. Turn left onto St Augustine's Place/B4051
3. Turn left onto St Augustine's Parade/A4
4. Cross the road and continue along St Augustine's Parade/A4
5. Turn right into Quay St
6. Continue onto Nelson St

Coming from Bristol Temple Meads Train Station?
When you get off the train head toward the main exit. Outside you will be a road called Station Approach. You will see a taxi rank directly in front of you, as well as a car park.
Head downhill down Station Approach road. At the bottom youll reach some traffic lights
Turn right here and go onto Temple Gate road. Keep going until you come to a large roundabout.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit. The road sign says you are going toward City Centre, Broadmead.
Youre now on Victoria Street. Follow this road until you reach the river (which is Bristols famous Floating Harbour river).Depending on your walking speed this road will take around 5-10 minutes to walk down.
Victoria Street will continue on over the river as a bridge. Walk over this.
After the bridge youll reach some traffic lights. Continue straight on to High Street.
The street will go uphill slightly and youll pass by a row off Trees. As the High Street starts to bend round to the right youll see a road that you can turn left onto. This road is called Broad Street.
Take the third right onto John Street. Continue up here until you reach the hostel entrance. Welcome!

We are in the same building as the 'LANES' bowling alley. Our entrance is around the corner from the 'LANES' entrance.