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BristolUnited Kingdom

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

Cabot Circus Shopping Centre featuring shopping and street scenes as well as a small group of people

Bristol City Centre

4/5Very Good!(90 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Bristol City Centre. Make a stop by St Nicholas Market or Cabot Circus Shopping Centre while you're exploring the area.

Bristol City Centre
Clifton which includes street scenes as well as a couple

Clifton

4.5/5Wonderful!(170 area reviews)

Travellers come to Clifton for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Bristol Zoo and Clifton Downs and Observatory while you're in town.

Clifton
Clevedon, England, United Kingdom

Clevedon

Unique features of Clevedon include the seaside views and bars. Make a stop by Clevedon Court or Clevedon Beach while you're exploring the area.

Clevedon
Bristol Floating Harbour, Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Bristol Floating Harbour

4/5Very Good!(657 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Bristol Floating Harbour. Make a stop by Bristol Hippodrome Theatre or St Nicholas Market while you're exploring the area.

Bristol Floating Harbour
Portishead, Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Portishead

Parks and art galleries are just a few things travellers like about Portishead. A stop by Sugar Loaf Beach is also recommended if you've got time to explore the area.

Portishead
Filton, Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Filton

3.5/5Good!(88 area reviews)

Filton is well liked for its shopping. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Bristol area, you might plan a trip to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway or Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Filton

Top hotels in Bristol

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
4 out of 5
Central Quay South, Bristol, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £65 per night

Located in Bristol City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Baldwin Street and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. University of Bristol and St Nicholas ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (149 reviews)
Good times

"Clean room, good facilities, excellent location."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Broad Street, Bristol, England
The price is £50 per night

Located in Bristol City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Nicholas Market, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. University ...

3.6/5Good! (962 reviews)

"Excellent service and amenities. Would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
4 out of 5
Woodlands Lane Bradley Stoke, Bristol, England
The price is £69 per night

Located in Bradley Stoke, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aztec West Business Park and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Southmead ...

3.9/5Good! (760 reviews)

"Nice clean room and good to have use of a pool! Great breakfast :)"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North

Popular places to visit in Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge
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Clifton Suspension Bridge

4.5/5(370 reviews)

Both striking and practical, this bridge has long been the symbol of the city of Bristol.

University of Bristol
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University of Bristol

4/5(169 reviews)

Wander between campus buildings and architectural landmarks, visit museums, catch a theater show and admire outdoor art displays at this city center university. 

Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
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Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

4.5/5(85 reviews)

This historic theater offers a wide variety of entertainment, from West End productions and Broadway shows, to traditional pantomimes and opera.

Ashton Gate Stadium
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Ashton Gate Stadium

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Catch an event at Ashton Gate Stadium during your trip to Bristol.Visit the shops and lively bars in this walkable area.

Cabot Circus Shopping Centre
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Cabot Circus Shopping Centre

4.5/5(491 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, a popular shopping spot in Bristol. Experience the acclaimed theatre scene and great live music in this walkable area.

Bristol Zoo
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Bristol Zoo

4/5(87 reviews)

Go on a discovery of land and sea animals from all corners of the globe at this superbly presented zoological park. 

Top things to do in Bristol

In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

£73
Per adult
Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Bristol
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Bristol

£10
Per adult
Bristol Scavenger Hunt: A Bridge Through Time
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Bristol Scavenger Hunt: A Bridge Through Time

£16
Per adult
Walk the iconic 4 waterfalls valley
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Walk the iconic 4 waterfalls valley

100% of travellers recommend
£58
Per adult
Cotswold Explorer Tour
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Cotswold Explorer Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£85
Per adult
Cotswolds and Shakespeare Tour
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Cotswolds and Shakespeare Tour

£85
Per adult

Reviews of Bristol

4.3

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 10.952380952380953%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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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