Plan Your Visit To Bristol


Proper planning is essential if you want to make the most of the trip and the beautiful experience that accompanies it without any hassle. Make your holidays in Bristol beautiful, memorable, and hassle-free with the help of Seek South West. We can handle flight, hotel, restaurant, and tour bookings for you. We can also handle arrangements for your transportation inside Bristol. Other aspects of your trip we can help you plan include essential items to bring on your trip, attractions to see, and activities to indulge in.

Here are some useful information to help you plan your visit to Bristol.

Arriving Bristol

A map of Bristol

If you wish to arrive Bristol by train from London’s Paddington Station, a mainline railway takes you to the Parkway station – which is just some metres away from centre of the city – in about 80 minutes. However, Temple Meads is an alternative mainline Railway Station to consider.

A coach arriving Bristol stops you at the Marlborough Street Bus Station. With the National Express, it takes about 180 minutes from London. If you are driving your own car from London, head west on the M4. Once in Bristol, you can either park on Priory road, Tyndalls Park road, Woodland road or Elmdale road – to save money on parking fees.

Lots of boats on a river

There are flights from different parts of the UK to the Bristol International Airport. Coaches pick up passengers from the airport (which is located about 12-14 kilometers from the south) to the Marlborough Street Bus Station – from where you can access almost every other part of the city.

You can alight at the Cascade steps of the Bristol harbour, if you wish to arrive by boat.

Planning for Festivals in Bristol

All year round, the city of Bristol hosts visitors and locals to a wide range of festivals. When you plan your visit, keep some of the dates in mind.

Lovers of music can either attend the Bristol International Jazz and Blues festival in March or the Dot to Dot festival, Bristol Folk Festival and the Love Saves the Day festival – all in May.

The Bristol Harbour Festival is one of the largest public events in the UK. Usually held mid-year, this festival plays host to musicians, dancers, circus amongst other fun activities. Besides, the Floating Harbour is one site attraction every tourist going to Bristol must visit.

There are festivals of art that showcase the culture of this prestigious city. From the Bristol Shakespeare festival in July to the Bristol Film Festival at the start of the year and the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival which holds towards the tail end of the year.

Planning for the Family

Planning a trip to Bristol with the entire family is likely to be an amazing experience. You can visit AirHop – the Biggest trampoline park in the world. The kids can also enjoy adventures at the Wild Place Project and watch zoo animals at Noah’s Ark Farm.

If you wish to see UK’s first 3D planetarium, add the Bristol Science Museum to your itinerary. While the Bristol Art Gallery displays a lot world class art works including a dinosaur exhibition – a Pliosaur.

Other Attractions

The world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge is also a must see. The Ashton Court Mansion which hosts some art concerts yearly – is just beside the bridge.

Enjoy live Rugby and football games on England’s largest indoor pub screen in Bristol Sports Bar and Grill – part of the Ashton Gate Stadium. Known as UK’s first cycling city, visitors can ride eco-friendly bikes around Bristol’s cycle routes and lanes. This will even make movement around the City cheaper, easier and more fun.

Don’t forget to drink a cider at Draper’s arms – Bristol’s first micro pub. You can also enjoy panoramic views of the Suspension Bridge while you drink at the White Lion Bar.

In order to enjoy your stay, you can book a room at The Bristol Hotel, Radisson Blu, the Ibis Hotel or other great hotels in Bristol.

[Ibis hotel image]

Information Center

Located on Windscreen Walk, Harbourside, the Bristol Tourist Information Centre opens every day of the week by 10am. You can call them on: 0870 444-0654.

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You can call the tourist center to enquire if there are any changes in the time of the festivals.

Parking your car in the center of the city is quite expensive, we advice you park on the suggested roads from 5pm on Friday till Monday morning – for free. Lock with adequate vehicle security.

Check the weather forecasts while making plans.

Call us at Seek South West.We have a friendly team that is always available to receive your emails and calls pertaining to planning your holidays visit to Bristol.