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.
Shopping, Skyscrapers and Theaters
Both striking and practical, this bridge has long been the symbol of the city of Bristol.
Wander between campus buildings and architectural landmarks, visit museums, catch a theater show and admire outdoor art displays at this city center university.
This historic theater offers a wide variety of entertainment, from West End productions and Broadway shows, to traditional pantomimes and opera.
Discover new fashion trends, watch the latest releases from Hollywood and play a round of miniature golf at this modern retail mall.
Go on a discovery of land and sea animals from all corners of the globe at this superbly presented zoological park.
Walk the grounds once traversed by royalty, dine in a dungeon and spend the night in a room fit for a king.
Venture outside of London to soak up the history and culture beyond the city limits. Step onto the royal grounds of Windsor Castle early in the morning to avoid the crowds, ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, and roam the UNESCO-listed stone streets of Bath after lunch in traditional English pub.
Explore sprawling Windsor Castle, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Discover the enigmatic rock formations of UNESCO-designated Stonehenge, and take time to wander through the beautiful streets of the Georgian city of Bath.
Soak up the historical and cultural significance of 4 key British heritage sites. Explore the mysterious rock formation of Stonehenge, before visiting the spectacular Salisbury Cathedral. Then spend your afternoon in the Georgian-era spa town of Bath, before a visit to Windsor Castle.
Discover the long and legendary history of England, from the prehistoric period through the Roman invasion of Britain and finally into the present of the royal family. Visit the mysterious site of Stonehenge, see the ancient hot springs of Bath, and walk the grounds of the world's oldest occupied castle.
Spend a delightful day exploring the English countryside on this day trip from London. Discover the royal town of Windsor and the picture-perfect city of Bath, where you can enjoy lunch in a cozy, traditional pub (onw expense).
Unlock the secrets of pastoral England during a private guided tour to destinations in Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath. Customize the tour to meet your unique interests, soaking up the region's rich history at attractions like lavish Windsor Castle, beguiling Stonehenge, and the exquisite Roman Baths.