Travel Guide
Bristol featuring a sunset, a bridge and a river or creek
With a youthful arts and entertainment scene,international festivals, as well as family-friendly attractions, Bristolis one of the liveliest cities in Britain today. And that’s all on top of thelocally brewed beers, ciders and museums and historical sites.

The River Avon is the lifeblood of Bristoland the harbour is a great place to start your visit. The harbour was a centrefor shipbuilding now it’s been given a new lease of as the city’s hub forculture and entertainment. It’s the location of the annual BristolHarbour Festival, one of Britain's biggest festivals, and home to the steamshipSS Great Britain. Buy a ticket, get on board to learn and more about thehistory of this storied ship and why it was considered a marvel in its time.

In the centre of town is the St.Nicholas Market. Spend a morning or afternoon browsing the stallsselling everything from old records and handmade jewellery to hot sauces. OnWednesday there’s fresh local produce at the Farmers Market and you can enjoy tastysnacks made with local ingredients. Wash your food down with a Somerset cideror beer from a local brewery.

In the evenings Bristolhas a wide range of entertainment, from classical music and theatre in theColston Hall in BristolOld Vic and the Bristol Hippodrome, to quirky bars and greatunderground clubs playing the best in electronic music.

With attractions such as At-Bristol, Bristol Aquarium,Bristol Zoo Gardens and M Shed, there’s plenty for the kids to do where theyget to learn something too. Check out the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which isjust a short drive from the city centre, giving incredible views over theregion. Families will appreciate the city’s festivals such as the BristolFestival of Nature the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Europe's largestevent for hot-air balloons and the Bristol Festival of Puppetry.

Bristol is one of thewarmest and sunniest cities in Britain thanks to its location in the south andthe proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Outside the warm season, which runs fromMay to September, you‘ll find cheaper deals than during the summer months.

It is easy to travel around Bristoland the city thanks to its great public transport. Make use of the excellentbus or rent a bike and discover why this city is considered so bike friendly.

Where to stay in Bristol

Cabot Circus Shopping Centre featuring shopping and street scenes as well as a small group of people

Bristol City Centre

4/5(90 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Bristol City Centre. Make a stop by St Nicholas Market or Old Vic Theatre while you're exploring the area.

Bristol City Centre
Clifton which includes street scenes as well as a couple


4.5/5(170 area reviews)

Travellers come to Clifton for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Clifton Downs and Observatory and The Downs while you're in town.

St. Mary Redcliffe Church showing a bay or harbour

Bristol Floating Harbour

4/5(657 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Bristol Floating Harbour. Make a stop by We The Curious or Millennium Square while you're exploring the area.

Bristol Floating Harbour
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You'll enjoy the parks and art galleries in Portishead. You might want to make time for a stop at Portishead Lake Grounds or Parish Wharf Swimming Pool.