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BristolUnited Kingdom

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

Top Hotels in Bristol

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Broad Street, Bristol, England
The price is $33 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23

Located in Bristol City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Nicholas Market, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, and O2 Academy. University of Bristol ...

3.6/5Good! (955 reviews)

"At this difficult time we felt safe within the hotel. The room was clean and offered good facilities. The staff were helpful in dealing with our late check out request"…"

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
4 out of 5
College Green, Bristol, England
The price is $87 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

Located in Harbourside, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St Nicholas Market and University of Bristol. Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and Clifton Suspension ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,025 reviews)

"A lovely hotel, conveniently situated in the centre of Bristol. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were very comfortable and well equipped. There’s also a car park below, which you can pay extra to use."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
The Bristol Hotel
The Bristol Hotel
4 out of 5
Prince Street, Bristol, England
The price is $88 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

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! (935 reviews)

"Great central location, car park next door and was also free with the VIP experience. Good views of the river. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Room was cleaned to a high standard and was very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

The Bristol Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Bristol

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
4 out of 5
Central Quay South, Bristol, England
The price is $94 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Located in Bristol City Centre, this apartment building is steps from Baldwin Street and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. O2 Academy and St Nicholas Market are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (190 reviews)

"Great modern apartment in great location Helpful staff. Well equipped apartment"…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - West India House
SACO Bristol - West India House
4 out of 5
2-4 Welsh Back, Bristol, England
The price is $72 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Located in Bristol City Centre, this apartment building is steps from Baldwin Street and St Nicholas Market. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and O2 Academy are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (38 reviews)
Perfect for a break in Bristol

"We stayed in the two bedroom apartment. It was really well equipped and really clean and comfortable. The apartment has everything you could need and is so convenient for the chance to make the most of a stay in Bristol. The only negative is the lift is very small, but that is a very minor ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

SACO Bristol - West India House
Beech House
Beech House
4 out of 5
6 Saint Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol, England
The price is $140 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of BBC Bristol and University of Bristol. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (107 reviews)

"Good place nice facilities centrally located . Perfect"…"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2020

Beech 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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Reviews of Bristol

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Had a very nice stay. The staff was very helpful with directions and places to go see. Would stay here again. It was just a short taxi ride from the station.

3/5 - Okay

D.T

Feb 4, 2020

If you are visiting from the U.S. & drive a rental vehicle in U.K., rent a small car, not an SUV! The streets are small. On some street, parking are allowed on both sides of the street, portion of your vehicle will be in the opposite traffic lane!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

Bristol is a multicultural city. So many things to do and see. So many different places to eat and or drink and have a good time with friends and or family. Great for children and adults of all age groups. There is something for everyone

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Convenient for us for proximity to Bath and Newport (Wales.) Great place to catch the train to London!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Cold and wet....English weather...but Bristol a beautiful Historic and Modern City to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 23, 2019

I love small towns with winding roads and loads of natural, green spaces. Bristol had both!

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