The work and influence of Banksy, Bristol’s famous pseudonymous graffiti artist, lives and breathes in the city streets. Take a Banksy Tour or create your own, following the trail of his stencilled artworks around the city.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain is well worth a visit, along with the Bristol Science Centre and the Bristol Aquarium. For a memorable day out, boat trips around the docks are well worth the low fare, especially those with a guide offering historical commentary.
Up in Clifton, you’ll find the treasure that is the Clifton Observatory and Caves. The caves offer spectacular views from high up of the Avon Gorge.
For something more peaceful, visit Queen Square, a tree-lined Georgian square in the heart of the city.
From food fares to street shows, barely a weekend goes by without a festival or free event taking place, so it's worth checking out what's on offer before booking your trip.
The well established Cabot Circus shopping mall offers the best of the high street favourites along with some lovely spots to sip a coffee or have lunch.
Since the 1960's Park Street has been the hub of youth fashion in Bristol. Nominated for a Google Street View Award as one of the nation’s hippest streets, it offers great vintage clothes, upmarket furniture and independent record shops as well as places to eat, drink and party.
In the oldest part of Bristol, bordered by magnificent Georgian Architecture, lies St Nicholas Market. Explore its winding walkways to find local independent traders offering up their wares – from a specialist chilli sauce shop to reggae vinyl and handmade jewellery.
On a shoestring: John’s York Café. A proper greasy spoon. Full English breakfasts, steaming mugs of builder’s tea, roast dinner and crumbles with custard. All under a fiver.
Middle of the road: Tobacco Factory. A lively café serving a variety of Mediterranean inspired dishes.
Bigger budgets: Bordeaux Quay. An award winning restaurant, deli, brasserie, wine bar and bakery, nestled on the picturesque harbour.