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Bristol

Known for Shopping, Skyscraper and Theatre

With a youthful arts and entertainment scene, international festivals and many family-friendly attractions, Bristol is one of the U.K.’s most vibrant cities.

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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 We The Curious, 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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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Embark on a journey that reveals England’s diverse history on this enlightening full-day tour. Your day begins as you visit gorgeous Salisbury Cathedral with a guided tour, followed by delicious Afternoon Tea at the Cathedral.

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Unlock the secrets of pastoral England during a private guided tour to destinations in Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath. Customize the tour to meet your unique interests, soaking up the region's rich history at attractions like lavish Windsor Castle, beguiling Stonehenge, and the exquisite Roman Baths.

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