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Travel Guide

Wills Memorial Building showing heritage elements, night scenes and a city

With a youthful arts and entertainment scene, international festivals and many family-friendly attractions, Bristol is one of the U.K.’s most vibrant cities.

Visit Bristol to enjoy a diverse entertainment scene, some of the best produce Britain has to offer, locally brewed beer, and many museums and historical displays.

The River Avon is Bristol’s lifeblood and the city’s harbor is a great place to start your visit. Once a center of the shipping industry, the harbor area has now been regenerated into one of culture and entertainment. It’s the site of the annual Bristol Harbour Festival, one of the U.K.’s largest festivals. The harbor is also home to the steamship SS Great Britain. Buy a ticket and climb aboard to learn about the vessel’s eventful life at sea, and understand why it’s considered to be a marvel of its time.

In the city center, visit St. Nicholas Market and spend a morning or afternoon browsing stalls selling anything from old records and handmade jewelry, to hot sauces and haberdashery. On Wednesdays, head here to buy fresh produce at the farmer’s market, then enjoy a snack made with locally sourced ingredients. Pair your food with a Somerset cider or a beer from the local Butcombe and Zerodegrees breweries.

By night, Bristol offers a range of entertainment options from classical music at Colston Hall, to theater at the Bristol Old Vic and Bristol Hippodrome.

The city also offers plenty of activities the whole family can enjoy. Attractions like At-Bristol, Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Zoo Gardens and M Shed get kids burning energy while they learn. Another Bristol landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, is a short drive from the center of town. Families will also enjoy the city’s festivals, including the Bristol Festival of Nature, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Europe’s largest hot air balloon event, and the Bristol Festival of Puppetry.

Bristol is one of the warmest, and sunniest, cities in the U.K. This is due to its position in the south, and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find better accommodation deals outside the warmer months, which are between May and September.

Getting around Bristol is easy and the city actively promotes public transportation. Make use of the excellent bus service, or rent a bike and see why this city is considered so cycle-friendly.

Where to stay in Bristol

The Bristol Hotel
The Bristol Hotel
4 out of 5
Prince Street, Bristol, England
The price is NZ$166 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Bristol City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Queen Square and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. We The Curious and St Nicholas ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
The Bristol
"Hotel was very nice staff very helpful was very well placed only down side was all the pubs shut due to lockdown so couldn’t take full advantage of hotel location"

Reviewed on 12 Nov. 2020

The Bristol Hotel
Future Inn Bristol
Future Inn Bristol
4 out of 5
Bond Street South, Bristol, England
The price is NZ$130 per night from 6 Jun. to 6 Jun.
Located in the heart of Bristol, this hotel is steps away from Showcase Cinema De Lux and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and St Nicholas ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,565 reviews)
"Pleasant and helpful staff plus comfortable room meant a short stay a pleasing experience"

Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2020

Future Inn Bristol
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
4 out of 5
Woodlands Lane Bradley Stoke, Bristol, England
The price is NZ$115 per night from 15 May to 15 May
Located in Bradley Stoke, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Aztec West Business Park and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Southmead Hospital ...
3.9/5Good! (868 reviews)
"Very good service overall"

Reviewed on 4 Feb. 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
4 out of 5
Midland Way Apartments, Building 8 Thornbury Office Park, Bristol, England
Situated in the shopping district, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Thornbury Castle and within 9 miles (15 km) of Berkeley Castle and Southmead ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Excellent accommodation"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

Your Stay Bristol Midland Way
Beech House
Beech House
4 out of 5
6 Saint Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol, England
The price is NZ$238 per night from 26 May to 26 May
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of BBC Bristol and University of Bristol. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (113 reviews)
"Beautiful apartment, and the location enables you to walk everywhere or get a bus. Definitely would stay here again!"

Reviewed on 30 Oct. 2020

Beech House
Great Meadow House
Great Meadow House
3 out of 5
85 Great Meadow Road, Bristol, England
Situated in the business district, this apartment building is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Aztec West Business Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of the West of ...
Great Meadow House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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12 Oct. 2019

We were a little alarmed and sadden by the large amount of homeless people in the area. Also the lack of police in the area. We saw drug deals happening on the streets while we were sitting with our children having breakfast.

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1 Sep. 2019

Because we only spent the night there, we able to walk across the road to a beautiful shopping centre and movie theatre . Very friendly environment. We wish we spent more time in Bristol.

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19 Apr. 2019

Was only in Bristol for a few hours so did not get to see much, but what we did see was very nice

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17 Apr. 2019

Clifton village and surrounding area is heritage at its best. Beautiful architecture and easy, warm vibe

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