Bristol: Best Things to Do

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Bristol is a city in the United Kingdom. This city is about 118 miles or 2 hours 15 minute's away from London.

Bristol has been voted as the happiest city and one of the best cities to live in the United Kingdom.

The city of Bristol is known for its iconic suspension bridge, street culture, art spaces, and music scenes.

The green spaces, walking paths, and cycle trails make this city perfect for nature-lovers.

Cheddar Gorge, Bristol Zoo Gardens, The Clifton Suspension Bridge are just some examples of nature attractions you must visit.

Book a comfortable lodging to stay while you're vacationing in Bristol. You can stay at Harbour Hotel & Spa or Radisson Blu Hotel to get your dream vacation.

While you're in Bristol, don't forget to try the city's iconic foods. Try Southwestern Britain local cuisines like meat roast and steak. For the drink, you should try local cider to accompany your meal.

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SIGHTSEEING

You must visit Bristol’s most iconic landmark, The Clifton Suspension Bridge. This is one of the best sightseeing spots in Bristol. This bridge is crossing Avon Gorge and River Avon and connecting Bristol’s Clifton to North Somerset Leigh Woods. Come to this impressive engineering masterpiece and enjoy the stunning view of Bristol’s waterfront skyline.

Another place to refresh your eyes is Bristol Zoo Gardens. There are different sections in the zoo you can explore. From the Mighty Lions, Twilight Zone, to the Butterfly Garden, it's all worth your money and time. The garden is very informative about the animals as well. This zoo can be a good place for a family vacation or simply sightseeing for a couple.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is open and manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout a year.

You can visit its visitor centre from 10 AM to 5 PM every day excluding Christmas and New Year

Address : Bridge Rd, Leigh Woods, Bristol BS8 3PA, United Kingdom

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world

The animals are all in lovely condition as are all the cages.

The ticket varies between seasons, but it will be cheaper if you buy online

Address : College Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA, United Kingdom

DOWNTOWN

Tyntesfield is a Victorian Gotchic architectural masterpiece that was brought into reality by The Gibbs family in 1843. You will feel the majestic gothic feelings surrounding the house, mixed with lovely views of nature: flower terraces, empty lake, woodland, champion trees, and so much more to explore.

Cabot Tower is another destination you must visit in downtown Bristol. It is built as a commemoration for John Cabot’s voyage from Bristol and North America hundred years earlier. You can climb the spiral staircase inside the tower to enjoy the panoramic views of Bristol.

Tyntesfield

The opening hours of Tyntesfield is different in each section of the area, but generally it opens from 10 AM to 5 PM

The ticket starts from £17.40 for adults and £8.70 for kids

Address : Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1NX, United Kingdom

Cabot Tower

Cabot Tower is open to visitors every day except Christmas and New Year

Entry to the tower is free

Opening hours is from 8:15 AM to 6:15 PM

Address : Brandon Hill Park, Park St, Bristol BS1 5RR, United Kingdom

SHOPPING

Bristol Shopping Quarter has been people’s choice for a shopping place. This shopping center is located in the city center. It is made of four key areas: Broadmead, The Galleries, Quaker Friars, and Cabot Circus. More than 100 stores, from high-end designer stores to independent boutique are available in Bristol Shopping Quarter. It's the best place to do souvenirs hunting!

Bristol Shopping Quarter

The Broadmead offers its visitor a relaxing shopping experience with open spaces and pedestrian-styled street shops

Cabot Circus is covered by a unique shell-shaped glass roof, also linked by a special footbridge crossing Bond Street.

Address : 69 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3DX, United Kingdom

FOOD & DRINK

If you’re visiting Bristol, we recommend you to try the Southwestern Britain local cuisine which is meat roast and steak. You can find many menu variants from a meat roast in almost all restaurants in Bristol.
For the drink, you should try the local cider from Bristol. It is known that Bristolians love their cider including its famous strong old Bristolian (hangover-inducing 8.4%)

CULTURE

Bristol is a city that is rich in cultural heritage, from art and history, music, sport, theatre, and even the people. Banksy, the famous street artist was born and lived in this city, inspired other artists to paint the city in many colors. Fun fact, Bristol has been voted as the happiest city in the UK. It is even named as one of the best cities to live in the country!

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Bristol is during late spring to early mid-summer. The weather is consistent and comfortable than the rest of the seasons. So it will be perfect to explore the city.

HOTEL

If you’re looking for a luxury stay in Bristol, then Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa is a great choice. This 4-star hotel is listed as a Grade II building in the country. It has easy access to other city attractions because it's located right in the heart of the city.

Another great place to stay in Bristol is the Radisson Blu Hotel. The location is close to the Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and Brunel’s SS Great Britain. It is a 18 stories building with 176 modern rooms. Completed with high quality service and amenities, your stay will be a comfortable one in this hotel.

Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

The Broadmead offers its visitor a relaxing shopping experience with open spaces and pedestrian-styled street shops

Cabot Circus is covered by a unique shell-shaped glass roof, also linked by a special footbridge crossing Bond Street.

Address : 53-55 Corn St, Bristol BS1 1HT, United Kingdom

Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol

The hotel offers valet parking service at GBP 26 per night.

An on-site restaurant and bar is available at the hotel.

Address : Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4BY, United Kingdom

RESTAURANT

Have we mentioned that you should try Bristol’s meat roast and steak? Now, to try them out, we recommend you to visit Pasture. Their open kitchen is set for theatre. Here, you can see the chefs processing the meat into their signature steak. All the meats are cut fresh for each service. Don’t miss their “house cuts”, which is a larger steak designed for sharing!

Another restaurant that serves local cuisine is Chris and Jo’s Kitchen. They have vegan options with the overall price ranging from USD2 to USD17. The food is all cooked fresh so you’ll have to wait for a little while. Don't worry, the taste of the food is worth the wait!

Pasture Restaurant Bristol

Pasture also has on site bar which welcomes local bands and DJs in the house.

The bar has an extensive choice of beverages, with their signature “Pasturepomp” G&T.

Address : 2 Portwall Ln, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6NB, United Kingdom

Chris and Jo's Kitchen Bristol

They serve generous size of meal so don’t worry about your hungry tummy

Subtle music is played in the background, making the atmosphere more relaxed

Address : 122 St Michael's Hill, Bristol BS2 8BU, United Kingdom

CAFE

Ironworks Supply Company is a non-pretentious café with a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for your morning breakfast. It is a melting pot of coffee, food, beers, wine, mixed with fashion, music, and art. Try their yummy pancakes while you’re there!

Ironworks Supply Company

Aside from the casual dining, this cafe also serves private functions. They will customize any functions that suits your need.

Iron Work Supply also hosts some events in Bristol

Address : 51 Broad St, Bristol BS1 2EP, United Kingdom

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Aside from its historical sites, Bristol is also known for its LGBT+ places. One of them is the Old Market Tavern. This bar is a traditional English pub with a lively atmosphere, great seating, outside garden, and gay-friendly. Music is available at the bar. It's perfect to spend the night wide awake!

Another bar that is worth to visit in Bristol is The Bootlegger. Their liquor, service, and music are inspired by Prohibition-era traditions mixed with contemporary modern America.

Old Market Tavern

This place offers a good and friendly atmosphere

Good food, reasonable prices, quality beer

Address : 29-30 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0HB, United Kingdom

The Bootlegger

A funky place to drink

The place has a large selection of very tasty cocktails and great service

Address : 233 Cheltenham Rd, Bishopston, Bristol BS6 5QP, United Kingdom

INTERESTING PLACE

Do you want to know more about the ship that changes the world? Brunel’s SS Great Britain is a great place to go and enrich your insights. You can walk the SS Great Britain’s history in the Dockyard Museum and step onto the ship itself. This museum ship offers the best entertainment and knowledge while vacationing.

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

The ship presents the history of Britain's first maritime voyage

Not only the visual but also the smell, the atmosphere, and the sound has been recreated as if it's 1840s

Address : Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY, United Kingdom

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Explore one of the most breathtaking cliffs in Britain called The Cheddar Gorge. This cliff will never fail your Instagram feeds. It is basically a public road with a spectacular natural feature, so you don’t need to pay for the entrance ticket. It’s also an international center for caving and rock climbing. The landscape is totally Instagram material! Strike a pose either on the top or on the road, and capture as many pictures as possible!

Cheddar Gorge

Not only a gorgeous view, this place also offers many quirky shops and good parking area

You can visit this place whether by walking, by car, or cycling

Address : Cheddar BS27 3QF, UK