Cheap flights to Bristol
Everybody loves Bristol. Not only for its picturesque harbour, its Georgian streets, and its beautiful setting on the River Avon, but also for its lively music scene, world-class restaurants and beautiful countryside surroundings. Located in the south west of England, Bristol’s setting can only be described as idyllic.
Riverside views surrounded by rolling hills and the city’s very own 400 acres of parkland known as The Downs all do their bit to attract tourists in their thousands. Once here, visitors can expect a city that revels in its pre-Victorian heritage with plenty of Georgian squares, crescents and churches to feast your eyes on. And when you’re not gawping at the magnificent buildings, you’ll no doubt be down at the trendy harbour checking out the bars, restaurants cafes and museums.
Historic St Nicholas Market is a charming little network of independent shops and delectable food stalls. Rummage through old records, secondhand books and vintage clothing, and delve into the food market, where you can sample the likes of a mini-Moroccan cafe, a fresh juice bar, plus local sausages, cheese and pies (The Exchange, Corn Street, BS1 1JQ).
From the historic SS Great Britain and the new M Shed museum to the cider sippers basking on the quayside, Bristol's harbour is a lively spectacle in the summer months. For prime harbour views, take it all in on a boat-taxi ride. Bristol Ferry takes passengers across the water to destinations including Castle Park and the SS Great Britain. bristolferry.com
A diverse one-day music festival takes over an assortment of Bristol venues on 12 October, catering for all manner of musical persuasions. Among the 60-plus acts playing at this year's Simple Things Festival are German based electronic musicians Moderat, London rock outfit These New Puritans, and electronic music trio Darkstar (simplethingsfestival.co.uk).
Just north of Bristol is the Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire which is hosting its 2013 Festival of Birds on 26 and 27 January. There will be a range of conservation talks from experts, a range of workshops, great gifts for wildlife lovers and plenty of activities, arts and crafts for all the family (wwt.org.uk/visit/slimbridge).