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Bristol
Travel Guide

Wills Memorial Building featuring a city, heritage elements and night scenes

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

The Bristol Hotel
The Bristol Hotel
4 out of 5
Prince Street, Bristol, England
Free cancellation
The price is CA $137 per night from May 16 to May 16
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! (997 reviews)
The Bristol
"Hotel was very nice staff very helpful was very well placed only down side was all the pubs shut due to lockdown so couldn’t take full advantage of hotel location"

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2020

The Bristol Hotel
Mercure Bristol North The Grange Hotel
Mercure Bristol North The Grange Hotel
4 out of 5
Old Gloucester Road, Northwoods Winterbourne, Bristol, England
The price is CA $72 per night from May 13 to May 13
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Wild Place Project, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, and The Wave. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre ...
3.7/5Good! (463 reviews)
Just perfect
"Stay was amazing, stuff are very friendly Definitely +++"

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2021

Mercure Bristol North The Grange Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
4 out of 5
Woodlands Lane Bradley Stoke, Bristol, England
The price is CA $87 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Bradley Stoke, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Aztec West Business Park and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Southmead Hospital ...
3.9/5Good! (867 reviews)
"Very good service overall"

Reviewed on Feb. 4, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Your Apartment I Clifton Village
Your Apartment I Clifton Village
4 out of 5
26-28 Regent St, Bristol, England
The price is CA $116 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Clifton, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Downs and Observatory and Clifton Suspension Bridge. University of Bristol ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Clifton apartment
"It was just the job had everything in the apartment nice and clean little bit noisy in morning due to we’re it is in Clifton village but all ok 👌"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Your Apartment I Clifton Village
Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
4 out of 5
Midland Way Apartments, Building 8 Thornbury Office Park, Bristol, England
The price is CA $145 per night from May 10 to May 10
Situated in a shopping district, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Thornbury Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Berkeley Castle and Southmead Hospital. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Excellent accommodation"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
Great Meadow House
Great Meadow House
3 out of 5
85 Great Meadow Road, Bristol, England
Situated in the business district, this apartment building is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Aztec West Business Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of the West of ...
Great Meadow House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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