Explore Bristol

Find out why this vibrant city is a must-visit destination

Vibrant, eclectic and bursting with character, it’s easy to see why the south west’s largest city is a popular choice for city-breakers.

Bristol is steeped in maritime history and is home to beautiful blend of architecture and some of the UK’s most impressive feats of engineering. It also boasts a uniquely laid-back identity and is widely regarded as a creative and cultural hub.

With an array of independent shops, cafés and restaurants and a list of attractions as long as your arm, read on for our selection of top-rated things to do, places to stay and delicious food to enjoy on your Weekend Escape to Bristol.

Things to do

To hear Bristol tell its own story via objects and tales of people who have made the city what it is, head to the M Shed on the historic dockside. Wander round the Harbourside and soak in the atmosphere, and savour the sights, sounds and smells of life aboard the SS Great Britain; the world’s first great ocean liner.

Discover one of England’s great medieval churches by paying a visit to Bristol Cathedral, which stands in the middle of Bristol’s bustling city centre. Take an easy stroll up the incline of Park Street before exploring the fascinating collections in the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

No visit would be complete without seeing the ‘ornament of Bristol’ – the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Enjoy incredible views of the city skyline and Avon Gorge before recharging at one the many quirky cafés in Clifton Village.

If you’re looking for family-friendly activities, Bristol has plenty to offer. Feel inspired by exploring We the Curious (formerly the At-Bristol Science Centre), enjoy close encounters with thousands of incredible aquatic creatures at Bristol Aquarium, and adventure into an exciting animal kingdom at Bristol Zoo.

Places to stay

From boutique hotels to stylish self-catered apartments and campsites on the city’s outskirts, Bristol offers a range of options to suit every need and budget.

We recommend

Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

Premier Inn Bristol City Centre King St

Henbury Lodge Hotel

Brook Lodge Farm Camping & Caravan Park

Bristol Serviced Lettings

The Old Barn at Trymwood

The Annex, Yew Tree Cottage

Premier Suites Bristol Redcliffe

Where to eat

Bristol is a real foodie’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for fine-dining luxury or a local pub to sample a pint of the West Country’s finest, here are our top-rated recommendations.

We recommend

Adelina Yard

Casamia Restaurant


The Ox

The Pump House

River Station

The Star and Dove

Tare Restaurant

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