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Clifton

Bristol
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This picturesque suburb of Bristol is home to iconic city landmarks, an excellent zoo and boutiques set inside Georgian- and Victoria-era buildings.

Commanding an idyllic setting on a hill above the bustle of central Bristol is the affluent neighborhood of Clifton. Clifton moves at its own nonchalant pace and is loved for its boutique shopping, elegant houses and village-like atmosphere. Evidence of settlements dating back to 350 B.C. have been found here, making it older than Bristol itself. Merchants moved in during the 1700s and 1800s and contributed to the splendid architectural landscape.

Start your visit with a walk across Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1864. It affords magnificent views of the Avon Gorge, Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve and south toward the Mendip Hills. Walk from here to the nearby Clifton Observatory, an 18th-century windmill that later became an artist’s studio and is now an observation tower. The grounds of the observatory are popular among picnickers, photographers and walkers.

Experience the infectious charm of the suburb at Clifton Village shopping district. Here artists, independent fashion designers, jewelers and quaint cafés occupy Georgian mansions. Poke around antiques and handicraft stalls in the Victorian Clifton Arcade. Royal York Crescent is one of Europe’s longest terraces and one of the city’s finest ensembles of Georgian and Regency architecture.

There’s fun for all ages at Bristol Zoo Gardens, a 12-acre (5-hectare) wildlife park with over 450 animal species. Close by is Clifton Down, an area of lush green parkland ideal for escaping the crowds and playing sports. Another interesting attraction is Birdcage Walk, an arched walkway that cuts through graveyard of the ruins of a 12th-century church. Catch performances by Bristol’s university music students at the Victoria Rooms and amateur theater productions at Redgrave Theatre.

Public buses travel regularly to Clifton from Bristol City Centre. Alternatively, take a train to Clifton Down station. From Bristol Harbourside it’s just a 35-minute walk to the heart of the neighborhood. There’s also access to the estate of Ashton Court Mansion from the west side of Clifton Suspension Bridge.


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Victoria Square Hotel
Victoria Square Hotel
2 out of 5
29 - 30 Victoria Square, Bristol, England
The price is £42 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in Clifton, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Downs and Observatory, Clifton Suspension Bridge and University of Bristol. Bristol Hippodrome ...
4/5Very Good! (416 reviews)
"Clean tidy big square room 240. Great view comfy bed. Keycard to get in. Make sure you stick it in arrow first! Haha. Only cons is the constant noisy seagulls barking at each other in the nearby trees at night. Looks like they nest opposite this hotel. Clean clear fresh air in the morning."

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2021

Victoria Square Hotel
Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
4 out of 5
Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £109 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located in Clifton, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Clifton Downs and Observatory, Clifton Suspension Bridge and University of Bristol. Bristol Zoo and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (762 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, great room with view, friendly helpful staff."

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2021

Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
OYO Flagship The Regency
OYO Flagship The Regency
3 out of 5
40 - 44 St Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol, England
The price is £51 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Clifton, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of BBC Bristol and University of Bristol. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and Clifton Suspension Bridge ...
3.6/5Good! (550 reviews)
"I have enjoyed my stay at the OYO Flagship The Regency Bristol, England, UK. The staff at the reception is very helpful and courteous. Maintenance requests were attended to promptly. It is very well located, walking distance to restaurants, coffee, grocery stores."

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2021

OYO Flagship The Regency
Your Apartment I Clifton Village
Your Apartment I Clifton Village
4 out of 5
26-28 Regent St, Bristol, England
The price is £92 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Clifton, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Downs and Observatory and Clifton Suspension Bridge. University of Bristol ...
4/5Very Good! (13 reviews)
Clifton
"Lovely place, great location and easy check in. Definitely be back!"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2021

Your Apartment I Clifton Village
Clifton Hotel
Clifton Hotel
3 out of 5
St Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol, England
Fully refundable
The price is £47 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located in Clifton, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of BBC Bristol and University of Bristol. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and Clifton Suspension Bridge ...
3.6/5Good! (792 reviews)
Hotel listed is not open due to Covid
"Firstly I would like to mention that we didn't stay at the Clifton hotel as it is closed due to Covid. We actually stayed at the sister hotel the Rodney. This was a decent hotel with very pleasant & helpful staff let down by a couple of things: 1. No parking at the hotel although we were able to ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

Clifton Hotel
The Washington
The Washington
3 out of 5
St Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £53 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located in Clifton, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of BBC Bristol and University of Bristol. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and Clifton Suspension Bridge ...
3.6/5Good! (980 reviews)
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"My bathroom light wouldn’t switch off, do because of its position in relationship to the bedroom, i couldn’t sleep as the room was flooded with light. When I woke in the morning to do some work, the electricity in my room was off. I have written to the manager but I have never received a reply s ..."

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

The Washington
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