About Amy B
Lives in Norfolk, United Kingdom
Since Jun 2015
35-49 year old female
Before welcoming our daughter into the world, myself and my husband travelled a lot, chasing the best scuba diving and food around the world! Having lived in London, and Jersey (Channel Islands), we have settled in Norfolk, and now spend our time exploring East Anglia with our dog Sandy, as well as looking for family and budget-friendly holidays in the UK and further afield. And the odd adults-only trip for us both!
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Historic Sites, Gardens, Parks
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!