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BristolUnited Kingdom

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 We The Curious, 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

Top hotels in Bristol

Holiday Inn Express Bristol - Filton
Holiday Inn Express Bristol - Filton
3 out of 5
New Road Bristol Parkway Business Park, Bristol, England
The price is Rs5,035 per night from 19 Feb to 20 Feb

Situated in Bristol, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Southmead Hospital. Aztec West ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)

"The rooms had everything that we needed and was clean."…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

Holiday Inn Express Bristol - Filton
The Bristol Hotel
The Bristol Hotel
4 out of 5
Prince Street, Bristol, England
The price is Rs7,671 per night from 15 Feb to 16 Feb

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! (995 reviews)

"Very good hotel in the centre of Bristol.Staff very helpful and car park next door. Room was clean and all the facilities you need."…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2020

The Bristol Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
4 out of 5
Woodlands Lane Bradley Stoke, Bristol, England
The price is Rs3,572 per night from 12 Feb to 13 Feb

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! (843 reviews)

"Hotel is clean and comfortable. Had a great time with the family."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2020

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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Bristol

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
4 out of 5
Central Quay South, Bristol, England
The price is Rs5,606 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

Located in Bristol City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from Baldwin Street and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. O2 Academy and St Nicholas ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (204 reviews)

"Very clean and a really spacious apartment and a very comfortable bed"…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
Beech House
Beech House
4 out of 5
6 Saint Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol, England
The price is Rs9,406 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan

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! (110 reviews)

"Lovely apartment close to good amenities. Maybe a period picture of a female rather than just two austere looking oil paintings of Victorian men."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2020

Beech House
SACO Bristol - West India House
SACO Bristol - West India House
4 out of 5
2-4 Welsh Back, Bristol, England
The price is Rs7,083 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb

Located in Bristol City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Baldwin Street and St Nicholas Market. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and O2 Academy are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (42 reviews)

"Easy instructions of how to access property, noce and clean, excellent shower! Only complaint would be light under doorway to outside hall is distracting at night, we had to put our bags across the door to hide it"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

SACO Bristol - West India 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.

Popular places to visit in Bristol

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Bus top tour excellent way to view area and learn a little about the history

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

Quite a vibrant city , somewhat quiet maybe due to the Corona Virus

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Was good to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

poor integration of tourist info and transport and signing and parking and road structure and traffic and facilities and pricing. Bristol is a mess

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Great for live music and pubs as well as historical places of interest.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

A very vibrant and up and coming city stay

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