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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 At-Bristol, 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.

Top hotels in Bristol

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Broad Street, Bristol, England
AU$151
per night
16 Apr. - 17 Apr.

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

3.6/5Good! (1,009 reviews)

"Excellent service and amenities. Would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport
Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport
3.5 out of 5
Bristol Airport, Bristol, England
AU$146
per night
3 May - 4 May

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Chew Valley, Clifton Suspension Bridge and University of Bristol. Ashton Gate Stadium and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,608 reviews)

"The hotel was as expected. It was modern, clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport
Future Inn Bristol
Future Inn Bristol
4 out of 5
Bond Street South, Bristol, England
Free Cancellation
AU$141
per night
19 Apr. - 20 Apr.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (2,751 reviews)

"Excellent location and free parking too. Would definitely stay again and highly recommend too."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Future Inn Bristol

Popular activities in Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge
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Clifton Suspension Bridge

4.5/5(26 reviews)

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

University of Bristol
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University of Bristol

4.5/5(9 reviews)

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

Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
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Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

2.5/5(3 reviews)

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

Bristol Zoo
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Bristol Zoo

3/5(5 reviews)

Go on a discovery of land and sea animals from all corners of the globe at this superbly presented zoological park. 

St Nicholas Market
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St Nicholas Market

Bristol’s oldest market is still very much alive with merchants and shoppers. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the best days to visit.

Thornbury Castle
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Thornbury Castle

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Walk the grounds once traversed by royalty, dine in a dungeon and spend the night in a room fit for a king. 

Top activities in Bristol

Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Bristol
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Bristol

AU$20
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of The UK
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of The UK

AU$17
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of United Kingdom
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of United Kingdom

AU$31
Per adult
Bristol Scavenger Hunt: A Bridge Through Time
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Bristol Scavenger Hunt: A Bridge Through Time

AU$35
Per adult
In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

AU$145
Per adult
Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury & Bath with Admission & Lunch
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Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury & Bath with Admission & Lunch

86% of travellers recommend
AU$740
Per adult

Reviews of Bristol

4.4

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Oct. 2019

We were a little alarmed and sadden by the large amount of homeless people in the area. Also the lack of police in the area. We saw drug deals happening on the streets while we were sitting with our children having breakfast.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Sep. 2019

Because we only spent the night there, we able to walk across the road to a beautiful shopping centre and movie theatre . Very friendly environment. We wish we spent more time in Bristol.

4/5 - Good

Daniel

19 Apr. 2019

Was only in Bristol for a few hours so did not get to see much, but what we did see was very nice

5/5 - Excellent

ZestLearning

17 Apr. 2019

Clifton village and surrounding area is heritage at its best. Beautiful architecture and easy, warm vibe

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