A modern city with a historic past
With world-class attractions, great shopping, stunning nightlife and exciting festivals it’s no surprise that Bristol has become one of England’s most popular tourist destinations. Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has its own unmistakable identity, carved out by passionate locals and spirited fans.
Bristol has been described as a modern European city with a historic past. The city’s waterfront has been transformed to become a major leisure destination in its own right, with stylish bars, cafes, museums and galleries.
Discover things to do in Bristol born out of the city’s centuries-old heritage and irrepressible creative spirit. Float over historic landmarks in a beautiful balloon, seek out world-class street art and follow the sound of live music flowing into cobbled streets.
The city centre combines the historic charm of the old city with its medieval churches, castle ruins and bustling farmers’ markets with Bristol’s main shopping area. Cabot Circus complex has become the fashion capital of the South West, boasting more than 500 shops with a winning combination of designer brands, high street names as well as more individual and independent stores with plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars along the way to stop and relax in.
Land & Sea
Cheddar Caves & Gorge
A location inhabited by humans for thousands of years. Board the open-top tour bus for a gentler way to see the sights. For the energetic, the 3 mile cliff-top gorge walk rewards you with spectacular views.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Spanning the Avon Gorge about 6km from Bristol city centre, visit the visitors centre to learn the bridges history from its inception through to the present day.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain
Conserved at the dock, visitors can discover why the ship changed the world and experience the sights, sounds and smells of life when she sailed with for her Victorian passengers and crew on board.
Located in the popular Bristol harbor area, visitors can awe at tropical sharks, the stunning seahorses and sit down in their undersea tunnel. Also home to a giant botanical house which is home to hundreds of exotic plants and rare tree species from all over the world.
Explore The Arts
Christmas Steps Art Quarter
The picturesque stepped lane of Christmas Steps and seven surrounding streets make up the Arts Quarter. The medieval streets are lined with art galleries, bars, cafes and diverse independent artisan shops. Visotors will discover handmade pottery, musical instruments, antiques, clothes and jewellery – each piece is as individual as you are.
City Museum & Art Gallery
Home to fascinating collections revealing the history and geology of Bristol and the West Country, it is also home to one of the UK’s best Egyptian collections.
Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal
Having first opened its doors in 1766, this is is Britain’s oldest working theatre – still entertaining with a rich mix of drama, musicals, concerts and comedy.
One of the largest theatre stages in Britain has established itself on the touring circuit for all major musical productions, thus becoming known as Bristol’s West End Theatre
The city’s largest and newest shopping centre with over 120 shops including all the high-street favourites as well as Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser for designer brands. After a day shopping, visitors are spoilt for their choice of cafes and restaurants. Before going home, catch the latest release at the 13 screen Cinema de Lux.
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