Book flights to Bristol for a city break that might surprise you! Bristol is a brilliant city, from its grittier graffiti-daubed streets to its shinier, chicer shopping thoroughfares. The nightlife and live music scene throughout the city is absolutely hopping, no matter what you’re into. It’s become a real foodie spot with lots of great places to grab a bite, from quirky little cafés to more high-end dining. The atmosphere throughout the city is just so alive; it’s no wonder the place is such a magnet for creative, off-beat souls! Book flights to Bristol and see for yourself.
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Out and about, Bristol offers a perfect base for exploring the wider region. The city is just 15 minutes by train from the world heritage city of Bath and the Somerset coast and countryside, and the Cotswolds are also within easy reach. Attractions are plentiful with historic Berkeley Castle, Avon Valley Railway, Cheddar Caves & Gorge, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre at Slimbridge, Tyntesfield Estate and the beauty of Westonbirt Arboretum all within a short drive of Bristol.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Bristol

Take a walk over Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge – as striking today as it was on its completion in 1864 – there are spectacular views down the Avon Gorge that links Bristol with the sea.

​Address: Suspension Bridge Road
The Red Lodge

Impressive building from the 1600th century with Bristol’s only surviving Elizabethan domestic oak paneling. With original stucco and a great garden in Tudor style.

​Address: Park Row, Bristol​Phone: +44 117 921 1360
Explore-At-Bristol

At-Bristol is the place to go to for an interactive adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy over 30 new exhibits at this leading UK hands-on science centre and see a presenter-led show below the stars in the Planetarium.

​Address: Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB​Phone: +44 845 345 1235​Website: www.at-bristol.org.uk​More info: Harbourside
Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Travel back in time and board Brunel’s ss Great Britain. Brunel’s engineering masterpiece was the world’s first great ocean going liner and has been lovingly restored to her former Victorian glory. Winner of 16 major awards including the Gulbenkian Prize in 2006 and Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in the 2007.

​Address: Great Western Dockyard, Gasferry Road, Bristol BS1 6TY
The Old City Grand

The Old City’s grand, dignified buildings surrounds the Corn Exchange and St Nicholas Markets, where you’ll find an intriguing mix of stalls – not to mention regular street markets, including the Weekly Farmers Market and monthly Slow Food market. Nearby are the Cobbled streets of the Welsh back, King Street and Queen Square with its fine Georgian buildings.

Bristol Harbourside

See Bristol’s Harbourside from a nautical perspective by taking a historic harbour tour with the Bristol Ferry Boat Company or the Bristol Packet. Bristol Ferry Boat Company +44 117 9273416 44 The Grove Bristol BS1 4RB Bristol Packet +44 117 926 8157 Wapping Wharf Gas Ferry Road Bristol BS1 6UN

​Website: www.bristolferry.com www.bristolpacket.co.uk
Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens include a large area with over 400 different animal species. Here you can easily spend a whole day either alone or with family. Learn about the animals inside the aquarium or about the insects at the Bug World and see the snakes at the reptile house and say hello to the penguins and the seals. Bristol Zoo Gardens has also a butterfly house which is well worth a visit. Restaurant and picnic facilities are on site.

​Address: Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA​Phone: +44 117 974 7399​Website: www.bristolzoo.org.uk
Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery exhibit a wide range of objects, from sea dinosaurs to beautiful art. The museum is in conjunction with the gallery the region’s largest and housed in the Edwardian baroque building next to the Will’s University.

​Address: Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL​Phone: +44 117 922 3571​Website: www.bristol.gov.uk/museums
Bristol Hippodrome

Bristol Hippodrome, the city’s very own "West End" theater. Since 1912, the Bristol Hippodrome has been the site of several premieres and is currently the scene of all great musicals. Please visit the website for information on current shows and musicals.

​Address: St Augustines Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ​Phone: +44 844 871 7627​Website: www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk
St Mary Redcliffe

The St Mary Redcliffe Church is one of Britain’s finest examples of medieval architecture. The church was built over a period of 200 years and is today more than 800 years old.

​Address: Redcliff Way​Phone: +44 117 929 1487​Website: www.stmaryredcliffe.co.uk​Opening hours: Daily, throughout the year from 9:00 to 17:00
Arnolfini

Arnolfini is an organization for modern art which is based in a converted warehouse with a fantastic seafront location not far from Bristol Harbourside. The program includes art exhibitions, film screenings, live dance and art shows. Please visit the website for more information on current shows, theaters and exhibitions.

​Address: 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA​Phone: +44 117 917 2300 ​Website: www.arnolfini.org.uk
Bristol City Sightseeing Bus

Sit back and relax while the bus tour takes you to the most interesting sites. This 75 minute guided tour will take you to tourist attractions like Brunel’s bridge and ship, the city centre, St Mary Redcliffe, Castle Park and much more.

​Phone: +44 7425 788 123​Website: www.citysightseeingbristol.co.uk
HorseWorld

HorseWorld is a rescue centre for horses, ponies and donkeys and is an excellent place for family day out. This award-winning visitor centre is set in beautiful stone farm-buildings just south of Bristol. It offers fun and educational day out where you can meet some of the rescued animals. There are also lots of activities to take part in every day and play areas for children.

​Address: Staunton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol BS14 0QL​Phone: +44 127 554 0173​Website: www.horseworld.org.uk
Bristol Aquarium

Bristol Aquarium is situated on the famous Bristol harbor and is a must see attraction if you love the nature. This is a place where you can admire tropical sharks, amazing seahorses, the enormous display of Coral Sea and walk through the undersea tunnel.

​Address: Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TT​Phone: +44 117 9298929​Website: www.bristolaquarium.com
Brandon Hill Nature Park

Take a stroll in the park and admire one of the best views of Bristol. The park is located in the centre of town, around a large hill. It is also here you will find the Cabot Tower which was completed in July 1898. This is a great park where you can have picnic and where children can enjoy a playground.

​Address: Jacobs Wells Road, Bristol BS8 1DR
Do you just want to get your fill, or have a meal like there is no tomorrow? Bristol has it all. You can escape from Bristol for a minute and have Asian, African, South American or fusion food, or you can visit one of the many pubs and bistros and have a truly Bristolian experience, complete with a local beer. For the foodies palate, Bristol has Michelin-star and avant-garde gastronomic experiences that will leave you wanting for more.
Juniper

This restaurant offers a contemporary dining experience and an inviting atmosphere. The prices are reasonable and the food comes in large portions.

​Address: 21 Cotham Road South, Cotham, Bristol BS6 5TZ​Phone: +44 117 942 1744​Website: www.juniperrestaurant.co.uk
Bells Diner

According to some critics, this restaurant delivers ’envelope-pushing’ contemporary British cuisine, inspired by such avant-garde restaurants as El Bulli and The Fat Duck.

​Address: 1-3 York Road, Montpelier, Bristol BS6 5QB​Phone: +44 117 924 0357​Website: www.bellsdiner.com
River Station

An award-winning conversion of a former police station, situated on the waterfront with views over the old docks. Good for either a business lunch in a beautiful atmosphere, or for meeting friends over dinner.

​Address: The Grove, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 4RB​Phone: +44 117 914 4434​Website: www.riverstation.co.uk
Bordeaux Quay

A restaurant, brasserie, bar, deli, bakery and cooking school all under one roof. The venue is located in a unique harbor side location and housed in an elegant, converted warehouse. This is an eco-restaurant and the menu offers the very best locally sourced food and drink.

​Address: V-Shed Canons Way, Bristol BS1 5UH​Phone: +44 117 9431200​Website: www.bordeaux-quay.co.uk
Cosmo Bristol

This is a restaurant that offers Asian food in a glamorous and comfortable surrounding. Here you can choose to enjoy six live cooking stations, teppanyaki hotplate, yakatori barbecue grill, dim sum bar, wok station, fresh noodle bar and freshly prepared sushi counter.

​Address: The Pavilion, 30 Triangle, West Bristol BS8 1ET ​Phone: +44 117 934 0999​Website: www.cosmo-restaurants.co.uk
Racks Bar and Kitchen

This is an eating and a drinking venue with a friendly, relaxing and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The restaurant offers reasonably priced fresh food and has something for everyone.

​Address: St Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LX​Phone: +44 117 974 1626​Website: www.racks-bristol.co.uk
Rupsha

Rupsha serves Indian food which are prepared with the finest ingredients. Enjoy the tasty food in a cosy and welcoming environment where the helpful staff serves dishes like Garlic Chilli Masala, Tandoori Mixed Grill and Tikka masala.

​Address: 3a Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4HW​Phone: +44 117 973 9937​Website: www.rupsha.co.uk
Assilah Bistro

Assilah Bistro is a family-run bistro and located in the centre of town. The restaurant is specializing in authentic Moroccan/Mediterranean cuisine for a good value of money. The atmosphere is relaxing and friendly and operates on a BYO "Bring Your Own" wine and beer basis, allowing you to choose your own alcoholic beverages.

​Address: 194 - 196 Wells Road, Totterdown, Bristol BS4 2AX​Phone: +44 781 620 2827​Website: www.assilahbistro.com
Don Giovanni's

For high standard Italian cuisine and first class service, head over to Don Giovanni's. If you are very hungry, you have come to the right place; the friendly staff serves big portions. On the menu you will find dishes like Risotto Al Pescatore, pasta Carbonara and Frutti Di Mare.

​Address: 1-2 Victoria House, Temple Gate, Bristol BS1 6PW​Phone: +44 117 926 0614​Website: www.dongiovannisbristol.co.uk
Bravas

Bravas is a small gem with a vibrant atmosphere and serves Spanish food and Tapas. The restaurant is very popular and usually very busy so book in advance. This is a great place for casual dinner with friends and where you can enjoy high quality food.

​Address: 7 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS66LD​Phone: +44 117 329 6887​Website: www.bravas.co.uk
The Old Bookshop

The Old Bookshop is a small restaurant that serves International food in a special ambiance. This trendy place is full of antiques and has a great buzz. It also offers live music every week.

​Address: 65 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES​Phone: +44 117 373 8907​Website: www.theoldbookshop.co.uk
Bird In Hand

Enjoy modern British cuisine in a warm and inviting pub restaurant. Bird In Hand is located in a rural setting close to Bristol centre. The chefs prepare the dishes with local and seasonal produce to get the best flavours.

​Address: 17 Weston Road, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9LA​Phone: +44 127 539 5222​Website: www.bird-in-hand.co.uk
Bauhinia Bar Restaurant

This little gem is tucked away on the road just outside the main part of Clifton Village. Bauhinia is a cosy pan-Asian restaurant with a lively surrounding. The delightful staff serves mouth-watering dishes like pad thai, teriyaki chicken and sweet and sour cod fillets.

​Address: 5a Boyces Avenue, Bristol BS8 4AA​Phone: +44 117 973 3138 ​Website: www.bauhinia-bar.co.uk
Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro

Relax and enjoy locally and ethically sourced food in this small and intimate restaurant. Cherry Duck is a trendy venue with a lively ambience. By day it serves delicious breakfast and lunch, by evening it serves a contemporary restaurant menu.

​Address: 3 Queen Quay, Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SL​Phone: +44 117 930 4034​Website: www.cherryduckbistro.co.uk
Greens Restaurant

Greens menu offers traditional British food with a modern touch and with influences from the classic French and European cuisine. This is a popular restaurant so it is advised to book in advance.

​Address: 25 Zetland Road, Bristol BS6 7AH​Phone: +44 117 924 6437​Website: www.greensbristol.co.uk
Bristol is a beautiful city located in a limestone area with the rivers Avon and Frome cutting through the hilly landscape. This creates a harmony well suited for a relaxing cup of coffee or a traditional English cup of tea.
Mud Dock Cycleworks and Café

One of the best places in Bristol to enjoy a lazy weekend brunch, and a great spot for people-watching around the harbour. A range of chefs have left traces of French, Italian, Portuguese and Brazilian cooking.

​Address: 40 The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB​Phone: +44 117 934 9734​Website: www.mud-dock.co.uk
The Boston Tea Party

Reputedly, this vaguely Bohemian café serves the best coffee in the world, and a breakfast of free-range scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.

​Address: 75 Park Street, Bristol. BS1 5PF​Phone: +44 117 929 3939​Website: www.bostonteaparty.co.uk
The Bristol Guild Terrace Café

The Terrace Café is situated on the first floor of the Guild. If you are not here for the very tasty food, then it is no problem to simply sit down for a cold one, or a steaming cup of coffee.

​Address: 68-70 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JY​Phone: +44 117 926 5548 ​Website: www.bristolguild.co.uk
Chin! Chin! Bar & Kitchen

Chin! Chin! is a café/restaurant/bar near the city centre. Their bistro style menu changes on a weekly basis and the produce is always fresh and seasonal. They have lunch, snacks, afternoon tea, dinner and a full bar.

​Address: 155 St Michael’s Hill, High Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8DB​Phone: +44 117 973 9393​Website: www.chinchinbarkitchen.com
T Cup

T Cup was started by a group of people who wanted to create a place where friends could hang out in a comfortable venue, with tasty food, friendly staff and big coffee cups. -"We wanted to feel like we were in Friends and stretch out on sofas and laugh with our mates."

​Address: 53-55 Sandy Park Road, Brislington, Bristol BS4 3PH​Phone: +44 117 9719008​Website: www.tcupltd.co.uk
Join the in-crowd at the Sodabar, get funky at the E-Shed or blend in at the Arc Bar. Finding something to your liking should not be difficult. The friendly Robin Hood’s Retreat is perfect for an affordable meal or just a beer in between shopping. Bristol has a wide variety of nightclubs and entertainment spots, with live music and events, featuring jazz, dance, funk, drum’n’bass, and renowned DJ’s pumping up the beat from all over the world. You can easily dance your Bristol stay away.
Robin Hood’s Retreat

A laid-back, time-honoured establishment on one of Bristol’s busiest streets. Sit back and enjoy the chatty hubbub in a friendly place which cater for all ages. The food is superb.

​Address: 197 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8BG​Phone: +44 117 924 8639​Website: www.robinhoodsretreat.co.uk
Clifton Wine Bar

A little tucked away pub with a mixed clientele and nooks and crannies to hide away in. Sports are shown on the large screen. -"With 2 Sky Sports feeds and numerous screens the Clifton Wine Bar is quite possibly the best place in Clifton to watch live sport."

​Address: 3-5 Richmond Terrace, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1AB​Phone: +44 117 973 2069​Website: www.cliftonwinebar.co.uk
Severn Shed

Located at Brunel’s old engine sheds on the picturesque Bristol Harbourside. It offers sumptuous cocktails, stylish toilets and surreal art.

​Address: The Grove, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 4RB​Phone: +44 117 925 1212​Website: www.severnshedrestaurant.co.uk
Timbuk2

A nightclub, restaurant and café with a diverse mixture of events reflecting the eclecticism of Bristol’s music scene, playing music from drum’n’bass to Bhangra. Timbuk2 offers that little extra which makes this place different from many other clubs in town.

​Address: 22 Small Street​Phone: +44 117 945 8459​Website: www.tb2.co.uk
Bristol Academy

Bristol Academy features an array of live music and club nights throughout the year. The club has a mezzanine floor balcony overlooking the main area that can accomodate up to 1,900 revellers. See website for information on upcoming gigs.

​Address: Frogmore Street​Phone: +44 870 927 9227​Website: www.bristol-academy.co.uk
Po Na Na

Part of the Po Na Na chain of bars with live music, coctails and a young, buzzing atmosphere. Their DJ’s play jazz, dance, R&B, house, garage and trance.

​Address: 67 Queens Road, Clifton Triangle, Bristol BS8 1QL​Phone: +44 117 925 6225​Website: www.ponana.com
Broadmead is Bristol’s main shopping area, with over 400 stores, including 100 tax-free shops, both national chain stores and unique shops. 2008 saw an expansion of Broadmead, which meant a new House of Fraser, with four floors and an additional 16 major and over 100 smaller shops, 240 apartments and a cinema. This new landmark in Bristol was called Cabot Circus. Another "must-see" shopping area in Bristol is the arts & crafts movement from the early 1900’s and their the Guild. At Park Street they sell locally produced high quality handicrafts. Park Street and Queens Road are known as Bristol’s West End, with funky boutiques, music stores, little gems of shops selling ethnic goods and bookstores. The Clifton area has wonderful shops and galleries. Clifton Arcade was originally a Victorian shopping mall, and now antique jewelry, furniture and decorative arts are sold here. Bristol’s East Side is for those seeking something other than the big department stores. There are independent shops where you can find goods from all over the world. For a more authentic shopping, go to St Nicholas’ Market in the old Corn Exchange building in Old Town (Old Town). Here you can find used books and record albums, photographs, fossils and candles. In addition to St Nicholas Market, the Slow Food Market is also held on the first Sunday of each month. Here you’ll not only find the best of locally grown products, but also cooking demonstrations, traditional pickles, jams and jellies, local cheese and much more. Every Wednesday Farmers Market strikes up their stalls outside the Corn Street. They also sell locally produced and organic products.
Cabot Circus

Shopping – Bristol is a shopper’s paradise! From the opening of Cabot Circus, the city’s £500 million shopping and leisure quarter, complete with designer stores such as Harvey Nichols through to Classy Clifton and lively Whiteladies Road, filled with independent shops, galleries, boutiques and antiques for the individual and the unusual.

​Address: Glass House, Bristol BS1 3AU​Phone: +44 117 952 9361​Website: www.cabotcircus.com
Bristol International Airport

It takes 30 mins to get to Bristol International Airport by train or bus. The train leaves every 20 mins from Bristol Temple Meads. The Bristol International Flyer bus runs every half an hour between Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Bus station, Bedminster, Bridgewater Road and Bristol Airport. Tickets can be bought from the bus driver or booked online at:

​Website: www.bristolairport.co.uk

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