Bristol is one of the most fascinating places you can visit, not just in the South West but in the whole of England. The city has a thriving culture and a rich history you’ll never tire of exploring. Set inland on the Avon River and playing host to one of the oldest ports in England, the city is known for its offbeat character and famous street art scene.
There is so much to do here, we guarantee you’ll never get bored. From Clifton’s iconic suspension bridge, hunting down sites of the great street artist Banksy, a wealth of art, French-themed dining, luxurious experiences and a central market that unites multiple cultures, Bristol is the perfect place to escape when you need to recharge.
Where to stay in Bristol
There are many options for accommodation in Bristol. Hotels, motels, hostels, holiday inns, bed and breakfasts, serviced apartments and self-catering accommodations are all here.
Number 38 Clifton – Luxury
This is the highest-rated hotel in Bristol with a 4.8-star rating on Google Reviews. The award-winning hotel offers the best views of the city. You’ll find 10 stylish bedrooms in this recently-refurbished Georgian merchant house that sits elegantly at the top of the city.
The luxury hotel includes suites, luxury double bedrooms and house rooms. Amenities in the rooms include a mini bar fridge, bathroom products, widescreen TV, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, tea and coffee, a king-sized bed and panoramic views of the park and city.
The Clifton Hotel – Budget Friendly
This is a café hotel with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere. They have a reputation for a relaxed atmosphere and excellent service. Located in the heart of Bristol, it’s a great spot if you want to explore the city. Top attractions close to the hotel include the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Clifton Suspension Bridge and the University of Bristol.
Facilities include room service, cosy racks bar, a café with a terrace and garden where you can enjoy your morning tea, free Wi-Fi, free travel cots for young children, laundry services, Freeview television and a stereo system.
Start your day with a power walk through Leigh Woods
There are several options if you’re looking for walking trails to explore whilst in Bristol. Leigh Woods is one we particularly love. Set right in the heart of the city, it’s a forest area with different hiking trails suitable for people of all different levels. It takes you to the base of the Avon Gorge where you can see the suspension bridge and you’ll also pass through gorgeous fields and woodlands.
Unleash your sense of adventure at Adventurous Activity Company
If you love the outdoors and you’re looking for a wealth of activities that will fill up your entire day whilst keeping your adrenaline pumping, you should try this company. They offer a wide range of fun activities. It’s located very close to the city centre so you don’t have to commute too far from your hotel.
The urban adventure challenge is a great way to indulge your competitive side. It’s a mix of problem-solving, treasure hunting, orienteering and adventure racing.
Bringing along your partner? You should try canoeing through the heart of Bristol. Test your nerve by controlling your descent as you explore the stunning Avon Gorge in Abseiling. Go faster than ever with mountain biking. They’ve got the finest bikes built for trails. Whether you’re just starting out or looking for a demanding route, there are some brilliant options here.
Try some of the finest French cuisine at Cote Brasserie
When you feel tired from all that running around and adrenaline-pumping fun, find your way to Cote Brasserie to enjoy a taste of French Cuisine. A champion of all-day dining, it is the perfect place for a relaxed lunch or lazy weekend breakfast.
When the weather allows, you can sit in the glasshouse extension where you can enjoy the outdoors whilst being protected from the biting cold.
Delicious meals on offer include roasted pork belly 100z sirloin, 70z fillet, half chargrilled chicken, steak frites, Breton fish stew and fish Parmentier. They’ve also got options for vegetarians and gluten-free.
Test your dance moves at Basement 45
Got the energy to stay up all night dancing to some of the best music from the most talented DJs in Bristol? Not many places in the UK can match Bristol where clubbing is concerned.
Tucked away between some gay bars in the city centre, the beats and bass in Basement 45 makes it one of the best places to listen to good music in Bristol. They’ve got shows and events going on almost every night so you’re certain to find something you like.
Discover Banksy’s street art in Bristol
A world-famous artist, Banksy’s works have generated millions for the local economy while selling for hundreds of thousands of pounds. He started out as a street kid with a can of spray paint and most of his work is still hidden around the city. He is known for using his street art to highlight difficult subjects and social issues.
You can join the experts on a street art walking tour or take a self-guided walking tour to discover the man behind the amazing art. Popular works to look out for include the Grim Reaper, the girl with the pierced eardrum and Well-Hung Lover (all in Central Bristol)
Explore old churches and cathedrals – St Mary Redcliffe and Bristol Cathedral
Described by Queen Elizabeth I as the fairest parish church in England, this Baroque-style church was renovated in the 15th century.
Bristol’s Cathedral took almost 600 years to reach its present glory. A truly magnificent piece of architecture, the church was elevated to cathedral status in 1542.
End your day at the Bristol Zoo Gardens
Top attractions at this award-winning zoo include western lowland gorillas at silverback jocks and the seal and penguin coats. It is home to South American fur seals, eider ducks and African penguins. You should also check out the monkey jungle, lion enclosure and butterfly forest.
Bristol is one of the top touristic cities in England. It was recently named by the New York Times as one of the top places to visit in 2018 (for the whole world). With a burgeoning food scene, vibrant art culture, adventurous activities and energetic night scene, you won’t lack for things to do whilst on holiday in Bristol.