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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

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

Bristol City Centre

4/5Very Good!(7 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 Cabot Circus Shopping Centre while you're exploring the area.

Bristol City Centre
Clifton featuring street scenes as well as a couple

Clifton

5/5Exceptional!(14 area reviews)

Clifton is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Bristol Zoo and Clifton Downs and Observatory while you're in town.

Clifton
Bristol Floating Harbour showing signage

Bristol Floating Harbour

4.5/5Wonderful!(64 area reviews)

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

Bristol Floating Harbour
Arnolfini Gallery

Harbourside

Harbourside is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to We The Curious or Millennium Square.

Harbourside
Castle Park showing a park, heritage architecture and wildflowers

Bristol Old City

Bristol Old City is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to St Nicholas Market or Baldwin Street.

Bristol Old City
St. Mary Redcliffe Church featuring heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Redcliffe

Redcliffe is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to St. Mary Redcliffe Church and Bristol Temple Church while you're in town.

Redcliffe

Top Hotels in Bristol

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
4 out of 5
College Green, Bristol, England
The price is $102 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,041 reviews)

"The surroundings were superb. Most of the staff were extremely helpful and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
Future Inn Bristol
Future Inn Bristol
4 out of 5
Bond Street South, Bristol, England
The price is $81 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Located in the heart of Bristol, this hotel is steps from Showcase Cinema De Lux and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and University ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,746 reviews)

"Good location, decent room, clean, comfortable bed, good staff on reception, will stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Future Inn Bristol
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
4 out of 5
Central Quay South, Bristol, England
The price is $89 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

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! (164 reviews)

"These apartments are brilliant and in the perfect position to explore central Bristol and for restaurants. The one bedroom apartment was equipped with a full kitchen and laundry all in the one room! Quite amazing how much was packed into such a small space although perfectly adequate for the tourist ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2020

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
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 $89 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

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! (164 reviews)

"These apartments are brilliant and in the perfect position to explore central Bristol and for restaurants. The one bedroom apartment was equipped with a full kitchen and laundry all in the one room! Quite amazing how much was packed into such a small space although perfectly adequate for the tourist ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2020

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
Beech House
Beech House
4 out of 5
6 Saint Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol, England
The price is $105 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9

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! (105 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2020

Beech House
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Bristol Cabot
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Bristol Cabot
4 out of 5
Quakers Friars Cabot Circus, Bristol, England
The price is $89 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Bristol City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Broadmead Shopping Centre and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre ...

4.2/5Excellent! (106 reviews)

"Room was good. Location was perfect. Well stocked room. Walls paper thin, could hear everything next door."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

PREMIER SUITES PLUS Bristol Cabot
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.

Popular places to visit in Bristol

Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
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Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

4.5/5(8 reviews)

This historic theater offers a wide variety of entertainment, from West End productions and Broadway shows, to traditional pantomimes and opera.

University of Bristol
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University of Bristol

4/5(35 reviews)

Wander between campus buildings and architectural landmarks, visit museums, catch a theater show and admire outdoor art displays at this city center university. 

Clifton Suspension Bridge
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Clifton Suspension Bridge

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Both striking and practical, this bridge has long been the symbol of the city of Bristol.

We The Curious
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We The Curious

3.5/5(3 reviews)

Meet a science expert, carry out a DNA extraction and make a TV show; the hands-on activities at this science center will keep children entertained for hours.

Cabot Circus Shopping Centre
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Cabot Circus Shopping Centre

4.5/5(54 reviews)

Discover new fashion trends, watch the latest releases from Hollywood and play a round of miniature golf at this modern retail mall. 

SS Great Britain
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SS Great Britain

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Climb aboard this museum ship to learn about its long and eventful life at sea.

Top things to do in Bristol

Bath Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Bath Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$21
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Private Tour of Stonehenge & Bath
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Private Tour of Stonehenge & Bath

$751
Per adult
Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$17
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Self-Drive Hire Boats
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Self-Drive Hire Boats

$44
Per adult
Private Tour of Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath
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Private Tour of Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath

$751
Per adult
Blackbeard to Banksy - The Ultimate Walking Tour of Bristol
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Blackbeard to Banksy - The Ultimate Walking Tour of Bristol

$12
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Bristol

4.3

Top Destination

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4 - Good 45.794392523364486%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.345794392523365%
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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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