Introducing the city

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Beer £3.65

Main Course £12.00

About Bristol

There's a magnificent university, a port steeped in history, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and possibly the best night life west of London. Bristol may be a small city, but it certainly packs a lot into its relatively compact surroundings.

A recent study concluded that Bristol had the best quality of life of all the big UK cities, whilst it's also become the first UK metropolis to be named a European Green Capital. Not a bad haul, if you ask us.

There’s a lively art scene, culture in abundance and architecture for days. And on top of all this urban excitement, it's also wonderfully positioned amidst some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe, with the Cotswolds and the Mendip Hills just a short distance away.

Hustle and bustle, a textured history and plenty of lovely green space – Bristol is a city you’ve just got to go and see for yourself.

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When Should You Visit?

There’s always going to be something exciting happening in Bristol, whenever you decide to visit. Whilst it might be slightly on the busy side, we recommend seeing the city during one of its famous festivals. Our personal favourite is the August Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Europe’s largest ballooning event, which see the skies above the city fill colour over four days of fun.

Alternately, the Bristol Harbour Festival takes place over a long weekend in July, and you can enjoy all things nautical, from top food and drink to live entertainment down by the historic waterfront.

With such a diverse range of things to see and do, there is no bad time to visit Bristol.

The British are well known for talking about the weather, with a few inches of snow becoming national news or a heatwave the subject of idle office small talk.

But in reality, the UK experiences fairly mild weather. In Bristol, the winter months average at around 2 degrees Celsius, whilst in summer this average hits around 20 degrees Celsius. The lack of extremes means it’s a great place to visit, whatever the weather.

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Travioor top tips

Boat Tour
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Banksy

Insider Info

  • Whilst it’s an excellent city to walk, and was even named England's first "cycling city" in 2008, we recommend taking a boat tour to see the city in another light and get closer to Bristol’s textured nautical history.

  • Take in the glorious gothic splendour of St. Mary Redcliffe Church, described as 'the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England,' by Queen Elizabeth I. Its soaring ceiling and stained glass windows are still to be marveled at 800 years after it was built.

  • Banksy, the most famous street artist in the world hails from Bristol, so it’s well worth seeking out some of his mysterious works across the city. The Stokes Croft area is famous for its street art and murals so makes for a great place to start your aesthetic quest.

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Food and drink

Main Course £12.00

3-Course Meal £50.00

Cappuccino £2.39

Beer £3.65

The Scene

Bristol has a veritable smorgasbord of pubs and restaurants to explore, so you’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to go. We recommend The Grace in north Bristol, where you can get a delicious tapas selection during the week and a traditional British roast dinner on a Sunday.

The Avon Gorge Hotel’s bar is also a perfect place to grab a drink and a bite to eat, alongside some of the most spectacular views across the countryside. Be sure to see the sun set over the Clifton Suspension Bridge from their large beer garden.

For those with a craving for high-end dining, Bristol has two Michelin starred restaurants, Casamia and Wilks, with delightful, often locally-sourced dishes to enjoy.

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History

Bristol’s Story

There has been a settlement in the Bristol region from as far back as the Stone Age. Fast forward a few thousand years to the Norman era and the town gained charter and county status in 1373.

In 1542, Bristol officially became a city, in part thanks to trading maritime connections with Wales, Ireland, Iceland, France, Spain and Portugal.

The city was captured by Royalist troops and then recaptured for Parliament during the English Civil War. During the 17th and 18th centuries the transatlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution brought further prosperity.

The late 18th and early 19th centuries saw the construction of a floating harbour, advances in shipbuilding and further industrialisation. Steady development continued up to the present day, where the city is now an important financial centre and high technology hub.

Language

English

The vast majority of Bristol residents are English speakers, but being a multicultural city, you’re likely to hear a variety of accents and languages across your stay.

If you’re lucky you might hear a traditional West Country Bristol accent. It’s difficult to describe what it sounds like but if you politely ask a sociable Brit you might be able to convince them to do an impression.

Need to know

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Get The Low-Down

  • The best way to explore Bristol is on foot or by bike. The city is home to the charity Sustrans, which champions travel by bike, foot or public transport, so there are plenty of pedestrian and bike-friendly routes available across Bristol.
  • Situated just 8 miles south of the city centre, Bristol Airport is quick and easy to reach by car, rail, bus and taxi.
  • The Bristol Tourist Information Centre is a great resource for visitors and locals alike, offering everything from help with bus timetables and accommodation booking to souvenirs and gifts. Its standard opening Hours are: Mon-Sat between 10am and 4pm and Sundays between 11am and 4pm.

 

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Travioor Recommends

1. SS Great Britain

Brunel’s design prowess can be seen across Bristol, with the SS Great Britain being one of the city’s finest assets. Take time to visit the revolutionary steam ship.

2. Suspension Bridge

Brunel also put his hand to the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s a symbol of the city, and is noted for its Victorian beauty and engineering excellence.

3. At-Bristol

With hundreds of hands-on exhibits to explore, live shows and a Planetarium, a visit to Bristol isn’t complete without checking out At-Bristol.

4. Brandon Hill

Take a step back from the urban hub and take a stroll around Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower. The views from the top of the tower are incredible.

5. Bristol Zoo

The fifth oldest zoo in the world, Bristol Zoo Gardens is a fantastic day out for all animal lovers and well worth factoring into your plans.


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