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BristolUnited Kingdom

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

Top Hotels in Bristol

Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
4 out of 5
Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol, England
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Located in Clifton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Downs and Observatory, Clifton Suspension Bridge, and University of Bristol. Bristol Zoo and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (745 reviews)
ill be returning

"Very very enjoyable stay. Great position. Delicious breakfast. Staff attentive. Only negative was the coffee in the room provided as a ‘coffee bag’- was in drinkable and there were hairs on the Tea Tray that came out of the cupboard."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
The Bristol Hotel
The Bristol Hotel
4 out of 5
Prince Street, Bristol, England
The price is CA $133 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20

Located in Bristol City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Queen Square and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. We The Curious and St Nicholas ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)

"Great central location, car park next door and was also free with the VIP experience. Good views of the river. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Room was cleaned to a high standard and was very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

The Bristol Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Bristol - Filton
Holiday Inn Express Bristol - Filton
3 out of 5
New Road Bristol Parkway Business Park, Bristol, England
The price is CA $89 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

Situated in Bristol, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Southmead Hospital. Aztec West ...

4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"The rooms had everything that we needed and was clean."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 21, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Bristol - Filton
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Vacation Rentals in Bristol

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
4 out of 5
Central Quay South, Bristol, England
The price is CA $97 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in Bristol City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps from Baldwin Street and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. O2 Academy and St Nicholas ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (201 reviews)

"Very clean and a really spacious apartment and a very comfortable bed"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 31, 2020

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - West India House
SACO Bristol - West India House
4 out of 5
2-4 Welsh Back, Bristol, England
The price is CA $119 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Bristol City Centre, this apartment building is steps from Baldwin Street and St Nicholas Market. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and O2 Academy are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (41 reviews)

"Easy instructions of how to access property, noce and clean, excellent shower! Only complaint would be light under doorway to outside hall is distracting at night, we had to put our bags across the door to hide it"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

SACO Bristol - West India House
Greyfield Farm Cottages
Greyfield Farm Cottages
4 out of 5
The Gug BS39 6YQ, High Littleton, Bristol, England
The price is CA $209 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10

Situated in Bristol, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chew Valley and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bath Spa University and Stanton Drew Stone Circle. Bath City ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)

"Overall very good experience and we found the cottage cosy - especially the conservatory. Plenty of appliances for a comfortable stay. The cottage was clean in general, but it would benefit from thorough cleaning (i.e dust)"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2019

Greyfield Farm Cottages
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