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Barely a weekend goes by without a festival or some street based event taking place in this energetic city. If you’re thinking of travelling to Bristol, be sure to check what’s on before setting off. From food and crafts to circus and theatre, Bristol is a city that loves interaction.
If you’re feeling up to it, a climb to the top of Cabot Tower will be rewarded with fantastic views of the docks. Another spectacular view is of Brunel’s engineering masterpiece, the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Those looking for a peaceful park to rest their feet need look no further than Queen Square. A pretty tree-lined Georgian square in the heart of the city, it’s the perfect place to kick back and read a book. The oldest park in Bristol, Brandon Hill offers great views over the city and harbourside area.
A city with a thriving arts scene, culture junkies will be inundated with cool and interesting things to do in Bristol.
Opposite the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts is the M-Shed, a recently opened museum of Bristol history. M-Shed is packed with interactive displays as well an impressive collection of artefacts, making it a great family day out. The exhibition continues on the dockside with boats, cranes and locomotives.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is also worth a visit, hosting some outstanding collections of art, archaeology, Egyptology and natural history in an impressive building.
When it comes to street art, Banksy just scrapes the surface. Take a walk around neighbourhoods like Stokes Croft, Bedminster and Nelson Street to see the giant canvases of multinational street artists.
As well as its historical heritage, Bristol is known for its vibrant nightlife and youth culture. Try Gloucester Road for pub rock and pub hip-hop, Stokes Croft for a grungier, alternative scene of pop-up art events and funk and jazz gigs. For classic student revelry, head to White Ladies Road.
From Brunel’s Bridge to Banksy’s murals, Bristol has something cool for day trippers and night owls. Bursting at the seams with stylish shopping, decadent dining, contemporary arts and a vibrant nightlife, Bristol is abundant with things to do. To help you get the most out of your visit, we’ve put together a guide of some of the best things to do in Bristol.
A city overflowing with attractions, you’ll be sure to find plenty of interesting things to do in Bristol.
Dominating Bristol’s skyline, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is the city’s most famous image. A stroll across the bridge will find you at the visitors’ centre, which explains the history behind the iconic landmark.
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.
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.
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.
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 60s, Park Street, just up-hill from the centre, 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.
A world away from the bustle of Cabot and Park Street is Clifton Village – arguably one of the best looking shopping areas in the country, with its looming Georgian buildings, cosy cafes and charming delis.
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.