BristolUnited Kingdom

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Visit Bristol

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.

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.

Where to stay in Bristol

Southville, Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Southville

Browse independent shops, attend a soccer match and be part of a street art festival at this vibrant riverside neighborhood.

Southville

Top Hotels in Bristol

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Future Inn Bristol
Future Inn Bristol
4 out of 5
Bond Street South, Bristol, England
CA $94
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in the heart of Bristol, this hotel is steps away from Showcase Cinema De Lux and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. The Galleries Shopping Centre and Broadmead ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,673 reviews)

"Looks like a recent upgrade or build!. All things you need for a Hotel and rooms provided."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2020

Future Inn Bristol
Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport
Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport
3.5 out of 5
Bristol Airport, Bristol, England
CA $107
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Situated in Bristol, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Chew Valley, St. Mary Redcliffe Church and Clifton Suspension Bridge. SS Great Britain and Queen ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,492 reviews)

"Super location, great staff, spotless hotel, quiet, comfortable. Couldnt ask for more really."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2020

Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
4 out of 5
College Green, Bristol, England
CA $112
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

Located in Harbourside, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St Nicholas Market and University of Bristol. Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and Clifton Suspension ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,796 reviews)

"Everything was great. Room lovely, bar area great. the only thing we were disappointed in was that the lift from the car park was out of order. As my husband has a problem walking up stairs (bad knee) it took a little while. Otherwise perfect"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Popular things to do in Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge
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Clifton Suspension Bridge

4.5/5(7 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(13 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

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

Bristol Zoo
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Bristol Zoo

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

Thornbury Castle
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Thornbury Castle

5/5(2 reviews)

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

SS Great Britain
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SS Great Britain

4.5/5(3 reviews)

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

Top activities in Bristol

Bristol Private Transfer from Bristol Airport to central Bristol
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Bristol Private Transfer from Bristol Airport to central Bristol

CA $18

Take the worry out of your arrival at London Bristol Airport and pre-book a private transfer to suit your group size (up to 8 people). Avoid the long lines for taxis on arrival, and travel in the comfort of a Premium car or minivan.

Camelot Crusade
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Camelot Crusade

CA $146

• Tours being at 8:30am or 1:30pm • 4 People Minimum • 4 hour Walking Tour • Appropriate walking gear is required: trail shoes as the paths are often muddy • Jackets and coats to accommodate changing weather and windsWe will meet at the St Dunstan's Car Park near the famous Glastonbury Abbey.

Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Bristol
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Bristol

CA $17

Our popular VIP Party Passes offer a great variety of weekend nightlife entries. We have been booking groups small and large onto the guestlists all over the UK for a decade. We have designed our Nightlife Deals get you VIP entry into selected, popular clubs and bars.

Reviews of Bristol

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 25, 2019

Nice mix of historical buildings and modern updated amenities.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

I was only there for quick visit but the waterfront and downtown are bustling areas and lots to see, but bring some sunshine, it was very wet when I was there.

4/5 - Good

Chelsea

Jul 14, 2019

Super nice mix of modern and historical, most people where very friendly.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 17, 2019

bad traffic conditions during the day.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 2, 2019

Great time in Bristol docks area

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