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).
The annual touring Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, fresh from London's Natural History Museum, showcases the very best in wildlife photography. This year the dramatic natural scenes can be viewed at Bristol's innovative M Shed until 23 February. The exhibition is accompanied by a display examining Bristol's own wildlife (Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN, mshed.org).
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).
Warm up a frosty winter's day by hopping on the train to the honey hues of nearby Bath and heading straight for the soothing waters of the Thermae Bath Spa. Defrost in the steam rooms and bask in the beautiful rooftop pool while gazing out to rolling greenery (The Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, Bath, BA1 1SJ, +1225 331 234, thermaebathspa.com).