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Bristol

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers and Theatres

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.

How do you get to Bristol?

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.

Things to do in Bristol

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

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

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

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, a favourite shopping spot in Bristol. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed theatre scene in this walkable area.

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

Walk the grounds once traversed by royalty, dine in a dungeon and spend the night in a room fit for a king. 

Climb aboard this museum ship to learn about its long and eventful life at sea.

From Egyptian mummies to a stuffed gorilla and works by Old Masters, this museum explores life on Earth from its earliest days. 

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Explore sprawling Windsor Castle, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Discover the enigmatic rock formations of UNESCO-designated Stonehenge, and take time to wander through the beautiful streets of the Georgian city of Bath.

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Circle the sights of Bath—a World Heritage UNESCO Site—at your own pace on a double-decker bus. This hop-on hop-off tour takes you all around the city’s major attractions including Royal Crescent, the Abbey, and the Roman Baths.

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Explore the vibrant and lively city of Cardiff at your own pace on this hop-on hop-off bus tour of the Welsh capital. Cruise to leading landmarks like Cardiff Castle, Alexandra Gardens, and the interactive attractions around the harbor, or simply sit back for a leisurely sightseeing tour through the city.

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Spend the day discovering ancient history and grand architecture as you explore 2 of England's UNESCO World Heritage sites on this private tour. Delve into the mysteries of Stonehenge, and then visit the city of Bath to explore its famous Roman Baths and other landmarks.

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Venture outside of London to soak up the history and culture beyond the city limits. Step onto the royal grounds of Windsor Castle early in the morning to avoid the crowds, ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, and roam the UNESCO-listed stone streets of Bath after lunch in traditional English pub.

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Spend a delightful day exploring the English countryside on this day trip from London. Discover the royal town of Windsor and the picture-perfect city of Bath, where you can enjoy lunch in a cozy, traditional pub (onw expense).

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