Bristol International Airport is located approximately 13 Km from Bristol city. There is a rail connection from the airport but you need to get a coach transfer that costs £7.00 return and takes 20 minutes to get to the train station. There is a coach service to the city centre that takes between 25 and 30 minutes and is operated by First Coaches costing £7.00 return.
Centre of CultureAs a European Centre of Culture, Bristol is exciting and unconventional, arty, amusing and animated with a spirit of adventure. Wallace and Gromit, Massive Attack, Portishead, and Smiles Beer all belong. Museums, nightlife and the arts combine in Bristol to create a place quite unlike any other. Festivals celebrating everything from film, music and dance to hot-air ballooning, harbour life and wildlife showcase a thriving cultural scene. Bristol's nightlife is hard to beat clubbers, art lovers and concert and theatre-goers will be spoilt for choice. Don't miss Bristol's latest cultural attraction, the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum.
Bristol's HarboursideBristol's Harbourside is lined with attractions, cinemas, boats, restaurants and museums. Imaginative new visitor attractions have brought more life to the waterfront. The Watershed Media Centre presents cutting-edge culture in a digital age and in the fascinating and futuristic At-Bristol, have an interactive adventure of a lifetime and catch an Imax movie on the biggest screen in the South West. Catch a glimpse of the Bristol of yesterday on a historic harbour boat trip. The ss Great Britain, The Matthew and the Bristol Industrial Museum, all on the quayside, celebrate the achievements of Bristol's pioneering seafarers and industrial barons.
Clifton and the Suspension BridgeBeautiful Clifton Village is home to sweeping Georgian terraces, wonderful small shops and one of Bristol's most recognised sites - Clifton Suspension Bridge. Designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, its spectacular setting on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge have made it the symbol of Bristol, drawing thousands of visitors a year just to stroll across for views of the gorge and elegant Clifton. Nearby, Bristol Zoo Gardens houses over 300 exotic and endangered species, featuring Zona Brazil, Seal & Penguin Coasts, Gorilla Island, the Reptile House, Bug World and much, much more.
Shop 'til you dropTo say that Bristol is a shopper's paradise is no exaggeration. From top high street names to independent local labels, from markets and antique stalls to art and craft gift shops. Broadmead, The Galleries and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway offer the biggest names in high street retail. Clifton and Whiteladies Road play host to delightful independent shops, galleries, boutiques and antique dealers. Authentic Bristol Blue Glass can be purchased directly from the factory or from outlets including The Guild on Park Street and Bristol Visitor Information Centre. Don't miss the variety of markets operating six days a week.
Glorious Gardens & Historic LandscapesIn and around Bristol, medieval castles and grand houses and gardens reveal a glimpse into a vanished age. In Bristol, The Red Lodge has an Elizabethan-style garden and the last surviving suite of 16th-century rooms and The Georgian House, home of a wealthy 18th century sugar merchant. Further out is Blaise Castle, a fine 18th-century house set in parklands and Berkeley Castle, a romantic medieval castle surrounded by Elizabethan terraced gardens. Tyntesfield, a unique Victorian house and estate at Wraxall, is the subject of the National Trust's latest rescue. Horticultural gems including Bristol's Botanic Garden, hidden away near the Avon Gorge and the National Arboretum at Westonbirt.