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The River Avon is the lifeblood of Bristol and the harbour is a great place to start your visit. The harbour was a centre for shipbuilding; now it’s been given a new lease of as the city’s hub for culture and entertainment. It’s the location of the annual Bristol Harbour Festival, one of Britain's biggest festivals, and home to the steamship SS Great Britain. Buy a ticket, get on board to learn and more about the history of this storied ship and why it was considered a marvel in its time.
In the centre of town is the St. Nicholas Market. Spend a morning or afternoon browsing the stalls selling everything from old records and handmade jewellery to hot sauces. On Wednesday there’s fresh local produce at the Farmers Market and you can enjoy tasty snacks made with local ingredients. Wash your food down with a Somerset cider or beer from a local brewery.
In the evenings Bristol has a wide range of entertainment, from classical music and theatre in the Colston Hall in Bristol Old Vic and the Bristol Hippodrome, to quirky bars and great underground clubs playing the best in electronic music.
With attractions such as At-Bristol, Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Zoo Gardens and M Shed, there’s plenty for the kids to do where they get to learn something too. Check out the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which is just a short drive from the city centre, giving incredible views over the region. Families will appreciate the city’s festivals such as the Bristol Festival of Nature; the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Europe's largest event for hot-air balloons; and the Bristol Festival of Puppetry.
Bristol is one of the warmest and sunniest cities in Britain thanks to its location in the south and the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Outside the warm season, which runs from May to September, you‘ll find cheaper deals than during the summer months.
It is easy to travel around Bristol and the city thanks to its great public transport. Make use of the excellent bus or rent a bike and discover why this city is considered so bike friendly.
Marriott Bristol City Centre is a 5-minute walk from Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, which houses over 120 stores and the 13-screen Cinema de Lux. Guests can walk 20 minutes to the harbor’s restaurants, bars, and amusements, and the same distance to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
Located in Bristol City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, Broadmead Shopping Centre, and The Galleries Shopping Centre. St. Peters Church and Bristol Theatre Royal are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Lulsgate Bottom, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Ashton Court Mansion, St. Mary Redcliffe Church, and Clevedon Court. Queen Square and Bristol Theatre Royal are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Bristol Floating Harbour, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St Nicholas Market, St. Peters Church, and Broadmead Shopping Centre. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and The Galleries Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Brandon, this spa hotel is steps from Bristol Cathedral and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. At-Bristol and Bristol Theatre Royal are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Bristol Floating Harbour, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Queen Square, Bristol Theatre Royal, and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. At-Bristol and St. Mary Redcliffe Church are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Bristol, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Showcase Cinema De Lux, Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, and The Galleries Shopping Centre. Broadmead Shopping Centre and St. Peters Church are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Bristol Floating Harbour, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Queen Square, and Bristol Theatre Royal. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and St. Peters Church are also within 15 minutes.