Bristol Vacations

Bristol is a historic city in southern England of about 500,000 people, with a past replete with industry and the slave trade, and a present full of counter-cultural artists and general social ferment. The Stokes-Croft area is home to independent restaurants and artists' studios, interspersed with the occasional sketchy massage parlor indicating ... Read more
the area's humble roots. Clifton hosts Bristol University as well as the more upscale shopping area, while along the river one finds attractions like historic ships as well as cafes, bars, and the Arnolfini arts center. If you appriciatte engineering, don't miss Clifton Suspension Bridge.Active nightlife and holistic courses can keep one busy day and night in this eccentric, affordable city which has seen its star rise quickly in recent years.

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The most popular (and, usually, sunniest) time to visit Bristol is in the summer when the weather is warmer and daylight lasts long into the evening (but bring a rain jacket no matter what). Though visiting in ... Read more
autumn and spring means more grey skies and drizzle, you’ll encounter fewer crowds and have the chance to see the region at its loveliest: blooming daffodils in the spring and changing leaves in the fall. You’ll also find cheaper rates at hotels. Winters can be dreary with grey skies, rain, and very short daylight hours; some attractions also close down. However, you’ll still find plenty of indoor attractions to keep you busy (and plenty of cider to warm you up).

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Mero, Dominica

Loads to do - SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Cabot Tower, Zoo, Aquarium and shopping plus much more.

Recommended for:FoodiesHistory BuffsArt & Design Lovers
Abergavenny, UK

Surprisingly exceeded my expectations as I sailed in here for the Harbour Festival. It is such a lively place with so many things going on with things to do and the art and general landscaping is just brilliant! A great city.

Manchester, United Kingdom

Home of my mother, as it goes, but also a good night out, in and around the Clifton area at least. Very nice Lebanese restaurant there.

Pittsford (town), New York

This was a day trip from London and a nice city to visit. We had lunch here and enjoyed walking around the city.

Local from Bristol, UK

Bristol is a diverse city with lots of hot-spots. You have Clifton, 'the posh bit' with its Boutique shops and Brunel's striking Suspension Bridge. Walk across and the road leads to Ashton Court for a stroll on the sprawling heath; in summer this is where they host the annual Balloon Festival. Then there's down the hill from Clifton to Park Street and the centre: nightlife and kebabs, or the gorgeous harbour-side, theatres like the Hippodrome and the Old Vic, or plentiful museums (check out the new M-Shed, the Arnolfini, the Wills memorial and the RWA and little independent art galleries like CentreSpace). Cut through Nelson Street 'the outdoor gallery' to admire it's fantastic graffitti (an art made so popular in this city by Banksy.) Then you're in the shopping districts of Broadmead and the artistically designed Cabot Circus. Enter into Stokes Croft, the 'cultural quarter' with it's punkish youthful atmosphere, arty cafe's and bars, leading to Gloucester Road which is one of the UK's loved independent high streets. There's more still, from the hippy St Werburghs with its inner city farm and allotments to St Pauls and Easton with their Jamaican roots and Somali cafes. Bristol is thick with culture to make a lot of people happy, and the most wonderful thing about it is that it's size allows you to travel easily between each different vibes.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Famous for the Clifton Suspension Bridge and street art mainly thanks to Banksy. A population of around 465,000. I enjoyed my time here which was spent for the most part in the pubs. A good selection of places to go on a crawl and imbibe.

London, UK

Love Bristol,
It has a fantastic music scene and a wonderful art scene. Bristol ranges from smart, beautiful architecture of Redland and Clifton. To arty and expressive Banksy on Gloster Road.
For commercial shopping Cabot circus. The buses and transport system are easy to understand and not very expensive.

Local from Bristol, United Kingdom

Bristol has to be one the the most vibrant cities in the UK. A melting pot of culture, arts, architecture and things to see and do.

London, United Kingdom

Bristol is a chilled city with lots of students to keep the scene vibrant. The city has lots of lovely free festivals in the summer in the centre of town like the Harbour festival and good food festies. It's an easy city to navigate too by foot. The floating harbour has lots of nice restaurants. My top tip is the Rivershed, if you eat downstairs in the brasserie and not in the upstairs restaurant it's half the price and you still get table service. Definitely the best value restaurant and best for quality local fare too.

Bundaberg, Queensland

A fascinating city. It has the oldest pub in England and it looks very old. Loved the colored houses up on the hill overlooking the city.