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Bristol
Travel Guide

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

The Bristol Hotel
The Bristol Hotel
4 out of 5
Prince Street, Bristol, England
The price is £81 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in Bristol City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Queen Square and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. We The Curious and St Nicholas ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
The Bristol
"Hotel was very nice staff very helpful was very well placed only down side was all the pubs shut due to lockdown so couldn’t take full advantage of hotel location"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2020

The Bristol Hotel
Mercure Bristol North The Grange Hotel
Mercure Bristol North The Grange Hotel
4 out of 5
Old Gloucester Road, Northwoods Winterbourne, Bristol, England
The price is £45 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Wild Place Project, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and The Wave. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and ...
3.7/5Good! (463 reviews)
Just perfect
"Stay was amazing, stuff are very friendly Definitely +++"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2021

Mercure Bristol North The Grange Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
4 out of 5
Woodlands Lane Bradley Stoke, Bristol, England
The price is £54 per night from 7 May to 7 May
Located in Bradley Stoke, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Aztec West Business Park and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Southmead Hospital ...
3.9/5Good! (867 reviews)
"Very good service overall"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
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.
Your Apartment I Clifton Village
Your Apartment I Clifton Village
4 out of 5
26-28 Regent St, Bristol, England
The price is £83 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in Clifton, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Downs and Observatory and Clifton Suspension Bridge. University of Bristol ...
4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
A brilliant find in a great location
"The apartment was spotless and the communication over the booking and how to access the property was great. Overnight on street parking was right outside the apartment and cost less that a fiver. If I'm going to criticise anything it's the low water pressure in the shower but apart from that it was ..."

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2021

Your Apartment I Clifton Village
Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
4 out of 5
Midland Way Apartments, Building 8 Thornbury Office Park, Bristol, England
The price is £105 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Situated in the shopping district, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Thornbury Castle and within 9 miles (15 km) of Berkeley Castle and Southmead ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Excellent accommodation"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
Great Meadow House
Great Meadow House
3 out of 5
85 Great Meadow Road, Bristol, England
Situated in the business district, this apartment building is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Aztec West Business Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of the West of ...
Great Meadow 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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Reviews of Bristol

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

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17 Mar 2020

Bus top tour excellent way to view area and learn a little about the history

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

Quite a vibrant city , somewhat quiet maybe due to the Corona Virus

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Was good to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

poor integration of tourist info and transport and signing and parking and road structure and traffic and facilities and pricing. Bristol is a mess

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Great for live music and pubs as well as historical places of interest.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

A very vibrant and up and coming city stay

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