Bristol, the unofficial 'Capital of the South West', has an independent spirit and a great sense of fun. You’ll find lots to make you smile here, from street art tours and music festivals to night markets and boat bars. And then there are the city’s iconic attractions: engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, plus world-famous events, such as the International Balloon Fiesta and Bristol Harbour Festival.
Central Bristol is happily compact enough to explore on foot – or, if you want to take your lead from the environment-minded locals, by bike. You won’t need to walk far before you stumble upon fascinating architecture, historic properties and amazing new attractions. Get a sense for the city’s past, present and future at museums including M Shed, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and The Architecture Centre.
Don’t miss Bristol Cathedral – a rare example of a city centre cathedral - and other major attractions such as The Red Lodge Museum and The Georgian House Museum.
Make time for the Old City, too. Its atmospheric cobbled streets are now home to shops, cafes and bars that show-off contemporary Bristol’s cutting-edge creativity and entrepreneurial flair. With St Nicholas Market at its heart, it remains focused on trade – just as it has been since medieval times.
And if you do decide to hire a bike, be sure to whizz off and explore some of the city’s colourful enclaves such as Southville, whose walls play host to graffiti festival Upfest, and St Pauls - famous for its spectacular Caribbean carnival.Read More