Bristol is one of the best places in the UK to go to see great examples of community led housing, and RUSS School participants are being given the chance to see for themselves. Join us for an exclusive tour of some of the most developed and inspiring community led housing schemes in the country. The one day visit will include:

  • Ashley Vale/The Yard – a self-build development, now the home of leading community-building company Ecomotive
  • Fishponds road – a development of 12 community-led homes developed by Bristol CLT
  • The Courtyard, Montpelier – Bristol’s first purpose-built cohousing development.
  • Lunch will be at a nearby pub or cafe.

Travel from Bristol Temple Meads station to the first site, will be by shared taxi. After the last site, the Courtyard we share taxis to Bristol Temple Meads.

Tickets: Book your place now!

Tickets are set at £20 including booking fee, lunch and VAT. The tickets will include entry to the chosen sites. The ticket price does not include rail travel, taxis or lunch. These will need to be bought by attendees.


We will meet at Paddington station at, by the gate for the Bristol train. We will take 8.27 am train from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. We will arrive back in London at about 6.30 pm. 

*Please buy your train tickets* We recommend buying them as soon as possible as fares will rise.

It is possible to walk between the residential sites, however, it is quite a long walk. Ashley Vale to the Fishponds Road is about 30 minutes’ walk, and between Fishponds Road and the Courtyard is half an hour. Those not wanting to walk can share taxis, which will take about five minutes for each journey.
If you do not wish to take the train you are welcome to make your own car-sharing arrangements. There is no parking in the Yard but there is free parking in the residential areas nearby.