Bristol

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Wills Memorial Building showing a city, night scenes and heritage elements

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

Future Inn Bristol
Future Inn Bristol
4 out of 5
Bond Street South, Bristol, England
The price is $81 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,381 reviews)
"Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent sized rooms and delicious breakfast in the morning. Parking was a nightmare to access but this is only because I am not used to driving in Bristols manic traffic. Hotel is situated in an excellent position for the shops and restaurants. Good prices in the on ..."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Future Inn Bristol
Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
4 out of 5
2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, England
The price is $108 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Located in Bristol City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Castle Park and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. University of Bristol and St Nicholas Market ...
4.2/5Very Good! (963 reviews)
"Able to help us at very short notice, great place, lovely breakfast"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
Mercure Bristol Holland House
Mercure Bristol Holland House
4 out of 5
Redcliffe Hill, Bristol, England
Fully refundable
The price is $104 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Bristol Floating Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Queen Square, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, and We The Curious. Bristol ...
4/5Very Good! (925 reviews)
"The hotel room was spacious and the beds comfortable. The bathroom is in need of an update and the shower would only run cold water. There was no bath so we were very awake after a blast of artic ice water shower. Buffet breakfast was good value. Location was good if you intended to visit the science ..."

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2021

Mercure Bristol Holland House
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SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
4 out of 5
Central Quay South, Bristol, England
The price is $123 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Bristol City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps from Baldwin Street and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. O2 Academy and St Nicholas ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (230 reviews)
"Central location. Easy access. Clean, comfortable facilities. Friendly staff."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
The Worthys
The Worthys
3.5 out of 5
76 The Worthys, Bristol, England
Situated in the business district, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of West Country Water Park, Aztec West Business Park, and University of the ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
"The property was dirty. We felt so uncomfortable with the uncleanliness however all contact has still been ignored up to a week after our visit."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

The Worthys
Your Apartment The Sunningdale - No 1
Your Apartment The Sunningdale - No 1
3.5 out of 5
Sunningdale, Bristol, England
Located in Clifton, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of BBC Bristol, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, and University of Bristol. Brandon ...
Your Apartment The Sunningdale - No 1
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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