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Visit Bristol to enjoy a diverse entertainment scene, some of the best produce Britain has to offer, locally brewed beer, and many museums and historical displays.
The River Avon is Bristol’s lifeblood and the city’s harbor is a great place to start your visit. Once a center of the shipping industry, the harbor area has now been regenerated into one of culture and entertainment. It’s the site of the annual Bristol Harbour Festival, one of the U.K.’s largest festivals. The harbor is also home to the steamship SS Great Britain. Buy a ticket and climb aboard to learn about the vessel’s eventful life at sea, and understand why it’s considered to be a marvel of its time.
In the city center, visit St. Nicholas Market and spend a morning or afternoon browsing stalls selling anything from old records and handmade jewelry, to hot sauces and haberdashery. On Wednesdays, head here to buy fresh produce at the farmer’s market, then enjoy a snack made with locally sourced ingredients. Pair your food with a Somerset cider or a beer from the local Butcombe and Zerodegrees breweries.
By night, Bristol offers a range of entertainment options from classical music at Colston Hall, to theater at the Bristol Old Vic and Bristol Hippodrome.
The city also offers plenty of activities the whole family can enjoy. Attractions like At-Bristol, Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Zoo Gardens and M Shed get kids burning energy while they learn. Another Bristol landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, is a short drive from the center of town. Families will also enjoy the city’s festivals, including the Bristol Festival of Nature, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Europe’s largest hot air balloon event, and the Bristol Festival of Puppetry.
Bristol is one of the warmest, and sunniest, cities in the U.K. This is due to its position in the south, and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find better accommodation deals outside the warmer months, which are between May and September.
Getting around Bristol is easy and the city actively promotes public transportation. Make use of the excellent bus service, or rent a bike and see why this city is considered so cycle-friendly.
Accommodation in Bristol
Bristol is considered a popular leisure travel destination, with as many as 95 Bristol accommodation options to choose from on Expedia.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol, located at Broad Quay, and the Holiday Inn Bristol Airport, at A38 Bridgewater Road Cowslip, are great examples of premium hotels in Bristol. In a similar higher-end price bracket, why not have a look at the Bristol Hotel and the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel. The Bristol Hotel is located at Prince Street, while the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel is situated at College Green.
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 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 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 eco-friendly hotel is steps from Watershed and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. Bristol Theatre Royal and Queen Square are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Brislington, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Queen Square, and Bristol Theatre Royal. St. Peters Church and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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.