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Bristol City Holidays

A quirky city alive with creativity

Bristol is an intoxicating blend of historical treasures and vibrant contemporary charm, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the southwest of England. It’s a city with an eclectic personality, developed from its roots in the Iron Age, through its life as a bustling medieval port, then a centre of Victorian innovation, right through to the music and street culture it’s famous for today. 

Banksy’s Bristol

The city is bursting with creativity and expression, now best-known as the stomping ground of street artist Banksy, who’s literally left an indelible mark (or two) on his hometown. This is where you’ll find some of his earliest pieces, as well as some of his most infamous murals, like Grim Reaper. You’ll be able to spot a lot of his work on your own, but a tour guide is probably the easiest way to find the more hidden examples. Beyond that, Bristol is packed with galleries, museums, and theatres – plenty for you to sink your teeth into. 

Nightlife and gastronomy

As the sun sets, Bristol kicks into gear. From trendy cocktail bars in Clifton to live music venues in Stokes Croft, there's something for everyone to enjoy after hours. And if you’re looking to eat well, you’ve come to the right place. The city boasts an impressive array of eateries, ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants to bustling street food markets. 

Stunning scenery

Beyond the city limits, you’ll find spectacular landscapes, like the Avon Gorge, spanned by the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, and the Wookey Hole Caves, which have been used by humans in one way or another for over 45,000 years – including today, for maturing cheese. History buffs will find a trip to nearby Bath is a must. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its Roman baths and stunning Georgian architecture.

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Your Bristol questions, answered

While there’s plenty to do throughout the year, the city comes into its own in the spring and summer months, with vibrant festivals, outdoor events, and pleasant weather, making it an ideal time to explore the historic harbour and beautiful surrounding countryside.
Bristol is a foodie’s paradise, packed with award-winning restaurants, hopping pubs and bars, and a host of breweries and distilleries where you can sample the best local tipples. Head down to Harbourside for delightful waterfront dining, or up to Clifton for chic bistros and cafes, while in St Nicholas Market you’ll discover the best street food the city has to offer.   
You’ll find lots to do in the city centre, and most of it will be within easy walking distance. If you have a bike, or you’re able to rent one, there are plenty of cycle routes to get you around town and out into the countryside. You can download the First Bus app to buy tickets for the buses that serve Bristol and the surrounding areas, while the two train stations connect to other major cities. There’s even a ferry service to get you around central harbourside locations.

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