Bristol is a city packed with fantastic attractions, sports, culture and entertainment options for everyone. An exciting, vibrant, modern city it has a growing reputation for fine dining with visitors spoilt for choice. As well as local West Country flavours you can enjoy some of Britain’s best international restaurants in Bristol.
Discover the maritime past and visit Brunel’s SS Great Britain or unlock industrial secrets at the Blue Glass Factory, don’t forget to take time to visit Bristol’s most famous landmark the Clifton Suspension Bridge. There are plenty of things to do in Bristol with kids which are fun for the whole family including the ancient caves of Wookey Hole or take a Pirate Walk (plank not included).
Visiting Bristol for a concert or event? Well a number of Bristol's premier venues are close by such as Colston Hall, Bristol Hippodrome, St George’s Bristol and the The Canteen.
As renowned shopping destination, Bristol shopping centres, streets and markets feature 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.
Historic museums and heritage sites open the door to Bristol’s entrancing past. Explore the city’s ancient past, it’s seafaring history and continuing contribution to the arts.
About 30 minutes drive south of Bristol is Cheddar Caves & Gorge which have been inhabited by humans for thousands of years. The 3 mile cliff-top gorge walk rewards you with spectacular views or board the open-top tour bus for a gentler way to see the sights. Delve into the depths of the earth with a tour of Gough’s or Cox’s caves. The site has an excellent museum exploring the lives of our prehistoric ancestors.
Built by Brunel in 1843 the SS Great Britain was an incredible innovation in ship design. Conserved at the dock she was built in you can discover why the ship changed the world and experience the sights, sounds and smells of life for her Victorian passengers and crew.
The remarkable collections of the City Museum & Art Gallery reveal the history and geology of Bristol and the West Country, it is also home to one of the UK’s best Egyptian collections. Explore the beliefs and lives of the ancient Egyptians before crossing the River Nile corridor to the death and afterlife displays.
Upstairs the art galleries contain Old Masters, British Collection, French School, Modern Art and the Bristol School as well as fantastic ceramics, silver and decorative glassware.
Another of Brunel’s great works is the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge which gracefully spans the Avon Gorge about 6km from Bristol city centre. The Interpretation Visitors Centre details the bridges history from its inception through construction and up to maintenance in the present day.
The recently rejuvenated Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal first opened in 1766 and is Britain’s oldest working theatre which continues to raise the curtain on a rich mix of drama, musicals, concerts and comedy.
Beautifully restored to its original glory, the Georgian House provides an insight into the lives of the wealthy family who lived above stairs and of the servants below.
Visit Britain's largest concert hall, Colston Hall. Throughout the year they play host to major concerts from internationally acclaimed artists and productions, stand up comedy as well as promoting local acts.