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Bristol - the gateway to the stunning West Country - is a truly unique city in the UK. It has a quirky culture all of its own, offering creativity, innovation and excitement at every turn. As the first city in the UK to be granted European Green Capital status in 2015, the city has some seriously impressive green credentials, as well as a focus on local, independent and all things environmentally friendly. With three days to explore Bristol. you've got more than enough time to delve beneath the surface, and discover many of the city's very best ingredients.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

26 Places

5 City Tips

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26 Places

Day 1

Bristol City Docks

Piers & Boardwalks

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Speciality Museums

M Shed

Speciality Museums

Bristol Ferry Boats

Ferries, Sightseeing Tours

Watershed

Movie Theatres

Queen Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bristol Old Vic

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theatres

The Stable

Restaurants

The Milk Thistle

Bars & Clubs

Day 2

The Clifton Arcade

Architectural Buildings

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Bridges

Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre

Visitor Centres

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Zoos

Avon Gorge National Nature Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Cabot Tower

Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Brandon Hill Nature Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas

We The Curious

Science Museums, Observatories & Planetariums

St George's Bristol

Performances

Day 3

Cabot Circus

Shopping Malls

Christmas Steps

Historic Walking Areas

Saint Nicholas Market

Gift & Speciality Shops

Avon Cycleway

Other Outdoor Activities

The Canteen

Restaurants

Ashton Court Estate

Historic Sites, Gardens, Parks

Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar

Restaurants

Amy B's City Tips

  • Bristol hosts lots of festivals and events throughout the year. Look for the St Paul's Carnival, the International Balloon Fiesta and Upfest, among others.
  • Bristol has some great neighbourhoods to explore outside of the city centre, each with their own personality. Be sure to visit areas including Clifton, Southville, Stoke's Croft, and St Paul's.
  • Enjoy soaking up some culture as you walk around. Look out for everything from original graffiti by the famous street artist Banksy, to temporary installations like the summer 2015 "Wallace and Gromit" trail.
  • There are two train stations (with great rail links to the rest of the UK). Use Bristol Temple Meads for the city centre, from which you can walk, grab a bus or even take a ferry.
  • Whilst the city centre is compact and relatively car-friendly, nothing beats getting around like a local. Walk, cycle, take a boat or even an hot air balloon, and get exploring!
    Day 1
  • Bristol City Docks
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Amy B Says:

    Bristol Harbour (the 'floating' harbour) has a long history as the original port of the city, and has been extensively redeveloped into its modern carnation as a buzzing entertainment area. From cultural attractions to restaurants and bars, as well as apartments, it is a stunning place to spend some time, and exudes a real holiday, 'good time' feel along both sides of the river. A great place to kick off your stay in Bristol!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit at the weekend between 10am - 4pm for the Harbourside Market, when over 40 stalls sell local arts, crafts, food, and more. There's often live music and entertainers too.
    • As well as taking a boat trip - privately or by ferry - you can also try out yachting, paddle boarding, and rowing here. The Harbourside really is best appreciated from the water.
    • On a sunny day, tons of people sit along the harbour walls to watch the boats. Try some local cider from the Arnolfini bar and they'll give you a plastic glass to take outside.
    • From Bristol Temple Meads train station it is 20 minutes walk to Prince Street Bridge or 15 minutes by ferry. From there, walk north towards the pedestrian Pero's Bridge and the Waterfront.
    • The area explodes into life for the Harbour Festival in July, with music, dancing, food, drink and nautical fun! It's really busy but is an annual must-do for locals and visitors alike.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great free attraction 12/02/2019
    • End of a day out 06/01/2019
    • Bristol City Docks
    Phone:
    +44 117 927 3633
    Other:
  • Brunel's SS Great Britain
    Speciality Museums
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    Amy B Says:

    Housed in the original, Grade II listed dry dock at the Great Western Dockyard where she was built, Brunel's SS Great Britain is a very impressive attraction, and makes for a fascinating visit. Climb aboard to literally take a step back in time, and get a real sense of the history of the ship as you explore every inch - from the rigging above to the galley below.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It is 10 minutes by ferry from the Waterfront to the SS Great Britain. The ferry runs every 40 minutes, every day between 10.20am - 5.40pm. You can also walk here along the Harbourside.
    • The entry ticket allows free unlimited re-entry for a whole year. I've never seen that deal anywhere else and think it is fantastic value if you are planning to visit the city again in the foreseeable future.
    • The ship and museum are open from 10am - 5.30pm, with an early close at 4.30pm during autumn and winter.
    • It is worth purchasing an extra ticket to "Go Aloft", and climb the ship's rigging, which takes you 30m above ground level. Pretty nerve-racking but the views of the city are incredible!
    • There's a good cafe onsite, and you can also access the Brunel Institute and Library from here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing heritage attraction 18/03/2019
    • Educational and excellent value for money 18/03/2019
    • Brunel's SS Great Britain
    Address:
    Great Western Dockyard Gas Ferry Road
    Gas Ferry Road
    Bristol BS1 6TY
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 926 0680
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:30
    Other:
  • M Shed
    Speciality Museums
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    Amy B Says:

    As you walk around the docks, you won't be able to miss the M Shed, housed in a dockside transit shed on Princes Wharf to the south of the Harbourside. This great, and most importantly, free, museum, tells the story of all things Bristol, and has some really interesting exhibitions.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday, and until 6pm at the weekend. Closed most Mondays.
    • If you are visiting with young children, they will love M Shed - the displays are really interactive and engaging, and there's dressing up clothes and a big old green bus to climb aboard!
    • The museum often arranges special trips, including tours on a steam tug boat, the Mayflower, rides on the dockside steam train, and free walking tours. Check the website's "What's On" guide for details.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent displays and interesting vist 19/03/2019
    • Very Interesting 16/03/2019
    • M Shed
    Address:
    Wapping Road
    Bristol BS1 4RN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 352 6600
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Bristol Ferry Boats
    Ferries, Sightseeing Tours
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    Amy B Says:

    This private company operates the ferry bus service that runs every day along the harbour (and has already been mentioned several times in this guide!). It is a really memorable way to explore the city, and they also offer tours further afield including along the Avon Gorge and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Do chat with the friendly staff and they will point out attractions along the way, as well as local wildlife including Peregrine Falcons, kingfishers, and herons.
    • This company is very child friendly - under fives go free, they will help with pushchairs (which should be folded down while aboard), and will even allow you to bring on your own food and drink.
    • Only three of the five boats have toilet facilities on board, and disabled access varies. If in doubt, call in advance to check.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 11 Transportation in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Feet saving! 06/03/2019
    • Cant speak highly enough of this Bristol attraction! 03/03/2019
    • Bristol Ferry Boats
    Address:
    44 The Grove
    Bristol BS1 4RB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 927 3416
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    11:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Watershed
    Movie Theatres
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    Amy B Says:

    The Watershed is a buzzing cultural and media centre, located in former warehouses which stretch along the Waterfront at Canon's Road. As well as three cinemas and studio spaces, there is a really good cafe and bar upstairs with outside seating overlooking the water. A good place for a huge brunch while you are in the area!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Light Bite menu has some really tasty options for lunch, and at good value prices too. Just be sure to leave some space for the homemade cakes!
    • There is a lift from the ground floor entrance upstairs to the cafe and cinema so it is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
    • Breakfast is served from 9.30am - 11.30am daily, with other menu items offered until 9pm. The focus is on local, seasonal, and ethically produced ingredients, and the results are delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 73 Fun & Games in Bristol
    • Favourite place to watch a movie 17/03/2019
    • Very good 16/03/2019
    • Watershed
    Address:
    1 Canons Road
    Harbourside
    Bristol BS1 5TX
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 925 5100
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 10:30
    Mon - Fri
    09:30 - 23:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
  • Queen Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Amy B Says:

    Tucked away just beyond the Harbourside, Queen Square is a lovely tranquil place to escape to for a picnic and some people watching. The Georgian buildings set around the square are simply stunning.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The square often hosts events as part of the city's local festivals. These include the Harbour Festival in July and the spring "Eat Drink Bristol Fashion" event.
    • As it is a public space, the square is always open and free to enter.
    • There are plenty of "pay and display" parking bays nearby.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Queen Sqauare DONT VISIT ITS SHOCKING 01/03/2019
    • Peaceful Georgian square 21/02/2019
    • Queen Square
    Address:
    Queen Square, off Prince Street
    Bristol
    England
  • Bristol Old Vic
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theatres
    Amy B Says:

    Just behind Queen Square on King Street is the Theatre Royal, home of the Bristol Old Vic theatre company. It's well worth swinging by to see what's on at this historic Georgian auditorium during your stay.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For a treat, upgrade your ticket to a Superseat which includes the best seats in the house, plus a drink, programme, and ice cream.
    • The theatre is the venue for the Bristol Proms at the end of July, when many world-class musicians take to its stage.
    • Don't miss the tapas and excellent wines served at the onsite cafe-bar/ restaurant, Flinty Red. Open to the public on selected show days only.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pancake for pancake day 05/03/2019
    • Great 02/03/2019
    • Bristol Old Vic
    Address:
    Theatre Royal King Street
    Bristol BS1 4ED
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 987 7877
    Other:
  • The Stable
    Restaurants (Italian, Bar, Pizza, British)
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    Amy B Says:

    The Waterfront comes alive at night, with some great bars to choose from. If you want to eat - as well as 'drink and be merry' - then The Stable pizzeria is a good choice. On Canon's Road, the decor is very industrial chic, with a large, open kitchen and long tables so you can get to know some of the friendly locals!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Open daily from 12pm to 10pm for food, and until 11.30pm for drinks.
    • The "Tuck in Tuesday" offer is served from 5pm, and includes a great value deal on pizza, salad and a drink. Or try the cider tasting board to get five different samplers for a fabulously low price.
    • As well as pizza, check out the pies and local cider and ales on the menu here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #220 of 1,422 restaurants in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Super pizza 18/03/2019
    • Nothing special 01/03/2019
    • The Stable
    Address:
    Canon_s Road
    Harbourside
    Bristol BS1 5UH
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 927 9999
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 23:30
    Other:
  • The Milk Thistle
    Bars & Clubs
    Amy B Says:

    If you fancy a cocktail to round off your first day in Bristol, The Milk Thistle bar offers a dark, glamorous, prohibition-themed hidden world right in the centre of the city. Knock on the unmarked door to gain access, and you'll feel like a VIP as soon as you cross the threshold.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Entry is at the discretion of the door staff, so it is best to dress smartly. They also prefer smaller groups with a mix of male and female!
    • Do try their Gin Punch to share between four people. Delicious with raspberry, lime and ginger.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 144 Nightlife in Bristol
    • Bit of a let down 02/03/2019
    • Terrible atmosphere, poor service 26/11/2018
    • The Milk Thistle
    Address:
    Quay Head House Quay Head Colston Avenue
    Bristol BS1 1EB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 929 4429
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    18:00 - 00:00
    Tue - Thu
    00:00 - 13:30
    Thu - Sat
    18:00 - 03:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • The Clifton Arcade
    Architectural Buildings
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    Amy B Says:

    To kick off your second day, why not head north west of the city centre to the gorgeous suburb district of Clifton. Hidden away off Boyce's Avenue, just behind the main street through the village, the Victorian Clifton Arcade features a lovely collection of independent shops with some really unusual antiques and gifts.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pay a visit to the Primrose Cafe in the arcade. They serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea - plus dinner Tuesday to Saturday - and the outside area is a real sun trap on a pleasant day.
    • Take the time to explore Clifton. There are some impressive Georgian buildings here, as well as lots of upmarket boutiques, cafes, and green spaces.
    • Clifton is 40 minutes walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station; 22 minutes on bus number 8/9, which runs every 15 minutes; or if you have hired bikes, an 18-minute cycle from the centre!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    • Clifton Arcade 20/12/2018
    • Well worth visit, undercover and many unusual one off shops 10/11/2018
    • The Clifton Arcade
    Address:
    Boyces Avenue
    Bristol BS8 4AA
    England
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 17:30
    Sat
    09:30 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge
    Bridges
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    Amy B Says:

    The grade I listed Brunel's Suspension Bridge is a true wonder to behold. Opened in 1864, the structure is stunning, and it is surrounded by lovely green hills which you can admire as you cross both the bridge and the River Avon, which lies 75m below you.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Walk south from the bridge and through the park to the Avon Gorge Hotel on Sion Hill. From here, enjoy the spectacular view from the terrace with a drink in hand!
    • From Clifton Village, the bridge is a 15 minute walk away.
    • Head to the toll booth on the Clifton side at 3pm on spring and summer weekends, plus bank holidays, to enjoy a free guided bridge tour. Look out for the bright orange jackets of the guides!
    • Free for pedestrians and cyclists to cross but there is a small fee for cars and motorbikes.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Iconic Bristol 19/03/2019
    • Very windy but spectacular 18/03/2019
    • Clifton Suspension Bridge
    Address:
    Suspension Bridge Road
    Leigh Woods
    Bristol BS8 4AP
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 974 4664
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre
    Visitor Centres
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    Amy B Says:

    If you want to find out more about the bridge, head into the excellent onsite Visitor Centre. It's free to enter and is home to tonnes of information charting the history of the bridge, including most importantly, exactly how and why it was built.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Find the Visitor Centre at the Leigh Woods end of the bridge, that furthest away from the city centre. It is open daily (apart from over the Christmas and New Year bank holidays), from 10am to 5pm.
    • The small shop in the Visitor Centre stocks some great locally produced souvenirs, including Bristol Blue glass.
    • Use the centre's free public WiFi to download the excellent "Bridge Tales" app, created by University of West England students, which includes audio visual content and a self-guided walking tour.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good explanations about the bridge 06/03/2019
    • School project 03/02/2019
    • Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre
    Address:
    Toll House East Suspension Bridge Road
    Leigh Woods
    Bristol BS8 3PA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 974 4664
    Other:
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens
    Zoos
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    Amy B Says:

    Also in Clifton, Bristol Zoo is an old Victorian walled zoo which opened in 1836. It's a great little zoo with a big focus on education and conservation, and is well worth a stop if you've got time to spare while still in the area.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the Wild Place Project, also run by the Bristol Zoological Society. Located on the city outskirts, at Junction 17 of the M5, it has lots of outdoor play attractions for the kids to explore.
    • Look out for special events held at the zoo throughout the year, including evening music performances.
    • Open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 5.30pm.
    • You can save 15% if you book your tickets online in advance. You can also make a saving by buying a combined Zoo Safari ticket on any First bus in the city, which gives you discounted bus journey and zoo entry (bus 8/9 runs here from the centre).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely 19/03/2019
    • Small and Pricey 19/03/2019
    • Bristol Zoo Gardens
    Address:
    Clifton Down
    Bristol BS8 3HA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 974 7399
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Avon Gorge National Nature Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Amy B Says:

    Located in the area surrounding the suspension bridge and the zoo, the Avon Gorge National Nature Reserve definitely deserves a place on your itinerary. Encompassing Leigh Woods, Avon Gorge, Durdham Down and Clifton Down, exploring this region on foot or by bike, will reward you with beautiful landscapes and stunning wildlife.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Explore the marked trails (some of which are quite steep) through the ancient Leigh Woods, and head to the Iron Age hill fort of Stokeleigh Camp, believed to date back to 300BC, for fabulous views!
    • Look out for the goats that live in the Gully area of the Gorge - they are helping to maintain the scrubland to encourage the growth of wildflowers and grasses.
    • You can walk or cycle all along the trail on the western bank of the River Avon for great views. It's 40 minutes of walking or 10 minutes by bike from M Shed to the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    • Gorgeous! 09/04/2018
    • Magical 22/12/2017
    • Avon Gorge National Nature Reserve
    Address:
    off North Road
    Abbots Leigh
    Bristol
    England
  • Cabot Tower
    Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Amy B Says:

    On your way back into the centre of Bristol from Clifton, it is well worth a stop in Brandon to climb the Cabot Tower in the centre of the park. It is 32m high, Grade II listed, and was built in the 1890s.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Park Street is a great place for a wander once you have climbed the tower. Full of independent shops, many specialising in shoes and vintage clothing, it is well loved by local students.
    • It's free to climb the tower.
    • There are 108 small steps in the spiralling staircase so it's not really suitable for the very old or very young to climb.
    • There are public toilets near the tower by the top ponds. They're open every day from 8am until dusk.
    • Open every day (apart from Christmas and New Year's Day) from 8am to 7pm in summer, and 4pm in winter.
    • Bear in mind that it's not great at the top on very windy or wet days.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth the climb 18/03/2019
    • Some of the best views of academic and docks area Bristol 11/03/2019
    • Cabot Tower
    Address:
    Brandon Hill Park, Great George St
    Brandon Hill near Park Street in the West End
    Bristol BS1 5RR
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 926 0767
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    08:15 - 15:45
    Fri
    08:15 - 12:45
    Sat - Sun
    08:15 - 19:30
    Other:
  • Brandon Hill Nature Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Amy B Says:

    If you're travelling as a family, it is worth spending some time in the public parkland surrounding the Cabot Tower, after or before you climb it. There is a good kids' playground to explore, a pond with resident frogs and toads, plus plenty of picnic-perfect spots to choose from.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • While there is some parking in the roads surrounding Park Street, you are probably better off using public transport or walking. It's only a 10 minute walk from the Waterfront.
    • Check out the fabulous views and lovely flowers in spring and summer.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely afternoon walk 23/02/2019
    • Bristol’s highest point 23/12/2018
    • Brandon Hill Nature Park
    Address:
    Jacobs Wells Road
    Bristol BS8 1DR
    England
    Other:
  • We The Curious
    Science Museums, Observatories & Planetariums
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    Amy B Says:

    Less than a 10 minute walk from Brandon Hill, head back to the Waterfront and the redeveloped Millennium Square to seek out this Bristol gem. Based in the heart of the square, the science and discovery centre At-Bristol has tons of exhibits to get hands-on with, as well as an awesome 3D planetarium.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Kids and adults alike will love the water features, fountains and sculptures in Millennium Square. There are often events held here, as well as a BBC big screen.
    • At-Bristol is open from 10am to 5pm daily (6pm at the weekend and during school holidays).
    • AT-Bristol is very kid-friendly. There is loads for under fives to do, including the "Build-It" exhibition, plus "Toddler Takeovers", and a soft play area in the cafe so weary mums and dads can grab a cuppa!
    • There is an admission charge so it's best to plan to spend some time here to make the most of the cost.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Highly interactive 10/03/2019
    • What a lovely place 03/03/2019
    • We The Curious
    Address:
    Anchor Road
    Harbourside
    Bristol BS1 5DB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 915 1000
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • St George's Bristol
    Performances
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    Amy B Says:

    If you can find time to catch a musical performance during your stay in Bristol, then St George's is the place to do it. The converted Georgian chapel has amazing acoustics, an intimate and inspiring atmosphere, and a fantastic programme which focuses on classical, jazz, blues, and world music.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • St George's is located between Park Street and Brandon Hill, ten minutes walk from the Waterfront. As there is limited, metered on-street parking, if walking doesn't appeal, take bus number 1, 54, or 8/9 from the station.
    • The arched-ceiling bar is a great venue in itself, so it's worth arriving early to enjoy a drink before the concert, as well as pre-ordering interval drinks!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 28 Concerts & Shows in Bristol
    • Wonderful acoustics now improved more space and good cafe/bar 17/03/2019
    • Very gentl elegant evening out 03/02/2019
    • St George's Bristol
    Address:
    Great George Street
    (off Park Street)
    Bristol BS1 5RR
    England
    Phone:
    +44 845 402 4001
    Price range:
    US$36 - US$36
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Cabot Circus
    Shopping Malls
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    Amy B Says:

    Why not start day three with some shopping?! Cabot Circus shopping centre is located next to the Broadmead district, bang in the heart of the city, and, full of all the high street stores you could hope for, it's 'the' place to head to for a shopping spree. The layout and architecture is great too - you'll feel like you're browsing in the open air, while safe in the knowledge that its cover will protect you against the Great British weather!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • As well as high-street chains like Zara, Apple and House of Fraser, there is a huge cinema, adventure golf and a good food court onsite.
    • There is parking at the centre (2,500 spaces!), but you can also easily get here by foot, bus or ferry from the train station. If you are driving, use sat nav postcode BS2 9AB.
    • Open from 10am to 8pm daily (11am to 5pm on Sundays).
    • There are lots of other shopping areas nearby. Walk south west along the pedestrianised Broadmead for large department stores including Marks and Spencer, and to reach the Galleries Shopping Centre.
    • There are four baby changing rooms on the ground floor, two on the first floor, and also a shop mobility service.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice shopping place in brsitol! 13/03/2019
    • Day shopping 04/03/2019
    • Cabot Circus
    Address:
    Cabot Circus Glass House
    Bristol BS1 3BX
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 952 9360
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Christmas Steps
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Amy B Says:

    Get a sense of the historic and fiercely independent Bristol by exploring the Christmas Steps quarter. Lose yourself among the eight streets that make up this unique area, and enjoy the independent shops, galleries, venues, cafes, and pubs.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The area includes Colston Street, Perry Road, Lower Park Row, and St Michael's Hill, as well as the actual Christmas Steps and lots of passages and connecting alleyways.
    • While not overly steep, it is worth considering sensible footwear, and bearing in mind that the area is not ideal for exploring with a pushchair or wheelchair. The steps themselves can be slippery when wet too.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    • Lovely place to walk down 03/03/2019
    • A must for visitors 10/02/2019
    • Christmas Steps
    Address:
    off Lewins Mead
    Bristol BS1 5BS
    England
    Other:
  • Saint Nicholas Market
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Amy B Says:

    Hungry after all that shopping?! St Nicks Market is a must-visit in Bristol. The covered arcade is really atmospheric and houses some great independent food stalls and shops. The place in town to grab some lunch, bar none!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Join the lunchtime queues of office workers, shoppers and students for the wallet-friendly falafel from "Eat a Pitta". The best you will ever have.
    • Other non-permanent markets in this area include the Nails Market, Friday and Saturday 9am - 5pm; Bristol Farmers Market, Wednesday 9.30am - 2.30pm; and the Friday Food Market, Friday 10am - 4pm.
    • St Nicks Market is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am - 5pm, and includes the glass arcade, covered market and corn exchange.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 56 Shopping in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shopping, shopping and more shopping 07/03/2019
    • A warren of eclectic arts crafts and food the cool side of Bristol 17/02/2019
    • Saint Nicholas Market
    Address:
    The Glass Arcade
    The Exchange
    Bristol BS1 1HT
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 922 4014
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Avon Cycleway
    Other Outdoor Activities
    Amy B Says:

    Cycling is a brilliant way to get around the region, and it fits perfectly into the Bristol culture of green, fashionable and fun! As well as getting you from the Harbourside to the Suspension Bridge, the Avon Cycleway also follows a much wider circular route: 85 miles to be precise, taking in the villages and countryside around Bristol and Bath. Depending on your expertise - and energy level! - choose your route, and enjoy the ride!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is worth downloading a detailed map of the Cycleway before you set off as the route is not always clearly marked. There are several online resources offering circular routes.
    • If you need to hire bikes, there are several places in the city centre that offer this service, including Bristol Temple Meads train station and the Waterfront.
    • If you are feeling energetic, do get out and about - it's about 17 miles between Bristol and Bath - a gorgeous spa town well worth visiting!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 58 Outdoor Activities in Bristol
    • A Great Cycle/Walking Path 31/12/2018
    • Lovely cycle route 04/10/2018
    • Avon Cycleway
    Address:
    Counties of Bristol and Gloucestershire
    Bristol
    England
    Other:
  • The Canteen
    Restaurants (Bar, British)
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    Amy B Says:

    You simply can't leave Bristol without seeing at least one of the original graffiti murals by internationally known street artist Banksy - one of Bristol's most famous sons. Head to Stokes Croft, the home of Banksy, 20 minutes walk north of the Waterfront, and after you've had your fill of art, visit the accessible and cutting edge Canteen for great food, drink and music.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Banksy's original piece "Mild Mild West" is right next to the Canteen. If you stand at the junction of Stokes Croft and Jamaica Street you'll get the best view.
    • Canteen is open from 10am to midnight, with late opening until 1am Friday and Saturday.
    • There is free live music every night of the week from 9.30pm (4pm on Sunday).
    • Canteen's food is sustainable "slow food" and quite delicious. The dishes are great value for money and come with free soup and bread.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #209 of 1,422 restaurants in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • veg roast 16/03/2019
    • Great beer, food and fun atmosphere for good music 18/02/2019
    • The Canteen
    Address:
    80 Stokes Croft
    Hamilton House
    Bristol BS1 3QY
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 923 2017
    Other:
  • Ashton Court Estate
    Historic Sites, Gardens, Parks
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    Amy B Says:

    While exploring the outer fringes of the city, a great stop to the west is Ashton Court - a mansion house and estate with lovely open parkland. Whether you want to walk, cycle, or ride your way around its various trails by horse, you're sure to enjoy exploring its deer parks, woodland gardens, miniature railway and more!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ashton Court is open from 8am daily, with free admission and a small charge for parking all day. Access the toilets (with baby change facilities) via the stable courtyard.
    • Areas to explore include a natural play area, woodland garden, picnic area, miniature railway, golf courses, cafe, and two deer parks. There are various cycling, walking and horse riding trails.
    • The Balloon Fiesta, hosted here in August, is the largest hot air balloon meeting in Europe and an amazing spectacle to see. It's free to visit - go at 6am or 6pm to see the mass ascents.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 166 things to do in Bristol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to take the dog! 10/03/2019
    • Great wide open green spaces 04/03/2019
    • Ashton Court Estate
    Phone:
    +44 117 963 3438
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 17:15
    Other:
  • Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar
    Restaurants (British, Cafe, International)
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    Amy B Says:

    Finish your trip with a visit to another one of Bristol's great surrounding districts - Southville - 30 minutes walk to the south west of the Waterfront. The regenerated Tobacco Factory is the area's most iconic building, and houses a cafe-bar, theatre, studio space, and apartments. Enjoy your last supper!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Walk along North Street and enjoy the independent shops, cafes and restaurants. You'll find lots of tempting food options, as well as second hand furniture and curios.
    • The Tobacco Factory regularly hosts exhibitions, live music and events, including the Upfest graffiti festival. There's also a Sunday Market every week from 10am - 2.30pm.
    • Food is served Monday to Thursday 12pm - 3pm and 5.30pm - 9pm; Friday 12pm - 3pm and 5.30pm - 9.30pm; Saturday 12pm - 9.30pm; and Sunday 10am - 8.30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #822 of 1,422 restaurants in Bristol
    • Trendy place 08/03/2019
    • Coffee...sort of 03/03/2019
    • Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar
    Address:
    North Street
    Southville
    Bristol BS3 1TF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 117 902 0060
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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