Bristol

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Wills Memorial Building which includes a city, heritage elements and night scenes

With a youthful arts and entertainment scene, international festivals, as well as family-friendly attractions, Bristol is one of the liveliest cities in Britain today. And that’s all on top of the locally brewed beers, ciders and museums and historical sites.

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.

Where to stay in Bristol

Future Inn Bristol
Future Inn Bristol
4 out of 5
Bond Street South, Bristol, England, BS1 3EN
Fully refundable
The price is £68 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Bristol. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,311 reviews)
"Perfect location for Cabot Circus for shopping & restaurants and bars. Plenty of parking, secure & free. Comfortable & clean room, thoroughly recommend"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Future Inn Bristol
Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre
Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre
4 out of 5
Temple Way, Bristol, England, BS1 6BF
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £73 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Bristol. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (962 reviews)
"A nice friendly hotel, with easy access to the center for food and drinks."

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre
Leonardo Hotel Bristol City
Leonardo Hotel Bristol City
4 out of 5
3 Temple Way, Bristol, England, BS2 0GS
The price is £76 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Bristol. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Popular attractions Cabot Circus Shopping Centre ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (206 reviews)
"Really nice staff, very clean. Great location near the station. Only downside is that the windows didn't open at all so if the room is stuffy you just have to turn the air down and hope for the best."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Leonardo Hotel Bristol City
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SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
4 out of 5
Central Quay South, Bristol, England, BS1 4AW
The price is £82 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Bristol. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (297 reviews)
"Clean and modern room and bathroom. Amazing well equipped kitchen, good sized TV. Nice well maintained bathroom. Easy to get in and out - fast and efficient reception desk - will definitely be going back for business and pleasure."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
Your Apartment Clifton House
Your Apartment Clifton House
3 out of 5
2 Tyndall's Park Rd, Bristol, England, BS8 1PG
The price is £214 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Bristol. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions O2 Academy and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre ...
3.9/5 Good! (7 reviews)
Clifton house stay
"Location is very good. Apartment is clean. But it’s a studio flat. It was noisy during our stay. The laundry room had only 1 washing machine and hence it was always busy."

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Your Apartment Clifton House
Cove West India House
Cove West India House
4 out of 5
2-4 Welsh Back, Bristol, England, BS1 4SS
The price is £91 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Bristol. Enjoy free WiFi, a Smart TV and digital TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
Cove West India House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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