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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
We went to Bristol mainly for a family patient who was doing an operation in the hospital, but really enjoyed visiting Bristol Art Museum which has some amazingly attractive exhibitions while we were waiting for the operation. The Museum is very close to the Hospital.
Bing
United Kingdom
12 February 2017
10
Exceptional
We visit Bristol for the great selection of craft beer bars. Smallbar and Brewdog are always a good bet. It's got a good selection of shops around Cabot Circus and more interesting areas around the waterfront and Clifton
Lian
United Kingdom
12 February 2017
10
Exceptional
We really enjoyed the Christmas market and shops. Having spent the afternoon shopping we returned to our hotel and changed for an evening out. Many friendly and welcoming clubs and bars. Enjoyed our stay and cant wait to return
ROMAHOME
United Kingdom
13 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Unexpected modern vibe. Great shopping, culture and many restaurants especially in Cabot circus. Coal restaurant was great. Driving in Bristol was a nightmare though.
Vanessa
United Kingdom
12 February 2017
8
Very good
I lived in Bristol for 3 years so I'm probably biased. Lots of interesting places to see. My favourite has always been the University of Bristol's Botanical Gardens.
Vincent
Belgium
12 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Bristol

Future Inn Bristol

8.4 Very good

Score from 2,730 reviews

£66

Average price per night
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol

8.7 Fabulous

Score from 3,774 reviews

£74

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Avon Gorge Hotel

8.2 Very good

Score from 1,522 reviews

£89

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  • “amazing views”
    385 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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Holiday Inn Bristol Filton

8.2 Very good

Score from 1,108 reviews

£79

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “great pool area”
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Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

7.8 Good

Score from 2,597 reviews

£59

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  • “location was great”
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Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

8.7 Fabulous

Score from 2,416 reviews

£79

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  • “wonderful staff”
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ibis Bristol Centre

8.5 Very good

Score from 3,675 reviews

£45

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  • “location was great”
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Victoria Square Hotel Clifton Village

8.1 Very good

Score from 1,781 reviews

£50

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  • “location was great”
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Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre

8.5 Very good

Score from 1,962 reviews

£58

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  • “wonderful staff”
    357 related reviews
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Discover Bristol

Popular neighbourhoods in Bristol

Bristol Old City

14 properties

The Old City packs a lot into a small area. These cobbled streets ooze history – take a heritage tour to learn about what the Normans did for Bristol a millennium ago. Grab a bargain at St Nicholas Market, and sip a spot of scrumpy in Bristol Cider Shop. Cap it off with dinner aboard a boat, at The Glassboat or Three Brothers Burger restaurants.

Clifton

11 properties

A class apart. Clifton is an upmarket bubble of Georgian housing, lush parks and cutesy antique dealers. Pick up retro home-ware from Abode, seek out shiny bangles in Bees & Graves and go vintage at Clifton Vintage Boutique. Sink a pint in style at the White Lion, whose terrace looks out over the Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Temple

6 properties

Knights of the boardroom table. Temple takes its name from the Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. Today you’re more likely to see pin-stripe suits than suits of armour – the area’s been invaded by swanky law firms and zingy start-ups. Mosey along to Yurt Lush for a hipster lunch inside a shipping container.

Harbourside

4 properties

Harbourside is a classic case of docklands-turned-trendy hotspot. Once upon a time, it was the beating heart of Bristol’s tobacco industry, but these days it’s home to hip eateries, funky museums and rocketing real estate. Trawl through Bristolian history at M-Shed Museum, gasp at the SS Great Britain and take a river cruise aboard the Matthew.

Old Market

4 properties

A Bohemian air blows through Old Market. Kooky independent shops like J’s Unique Boutique or Global Collectables line the area’s well-preserved streets. This district’s home to some of the city’s oldest buildings, like St Jude’s Church and Palace Hotel. If you like your nightlife free and fab, flounce down to West Street.

Broadmead

3 properties

Shopaholics flock to Broadmead. This district echoes with the “ker-ching” of cash registers, as bag-laden visitors pick up high-street fashion at H&M and TK Maxx, and spruce up their wardrobes at Thomas Pink and The White Company. In need of a breather? Rest your weary legs on the lawns of grassy Castle Park. Get your wallet ready!

Local tips for Bristol

The Louisiana Bar
Terrie by Terrie

Born-and-bred Bristolian Terrie loves her hometown's passion for live music and events.

The Louisiana is a local hot-spot for live music. It promotes up-and-coming bands, and past acts have included Muse and Bloc Party back before they were big. Though small in size, it has a great atmosphere and it's a short stroll away from Bristol harbourside and other pubs and clubs.

  • The Louisiana, Wapping Rd, Bathurst Terrace, Bristol BS1 6UA, United Kingdom
  • www.thelouisiana.net
  • Open Monday-Saturday 17:30-23:00, Sunday-12:00-22:30
Cheddar Gorge X-Treme
Max by Max

Family man and skydiver Max spends his free time seeking out the best adrenaline highs.

Drive south for less than an hour from Bristol and you'll end up in Cheddar Gorge, an adventurer’s playground. Here you can go caving, rock climbing and hiking among the narrow cliffs that dot this landscape. If rock climbing isn't your thing, the caves are also beautiful to walk through.

  • Cheddar Gorge & Caves, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3QF
  • www.cheddargorge.co.uk
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:30-17:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Illusions
Steven by Steven

Numbers man Steven can often be found counting cards at a casino or dividing a round at the bar.

For a night out with a twist, head to Illusions, where its bars double as magic show stages. Grab a seat and let your mixologist whip up a cocktail while distracting you with a myriad of card tricks and sleight-of-hand. Shazam!

  • Illusions, 2 Byron Place, Bristol, BS8 1JT
  • www.illusionsmagicbar.co.uk
  • Open Wednesday–Thursday 19:00–02:00, Friday 19:00–03:30, Saturday 19:00–04:00
Undercover Rock
Kirsten by Kirsten

Kirsten spent many years in the West Country, where she developed her love of hiking and climbing.

For an adrenaline-filled day out without leaving the city, head to Undercover Rock in Mina Road. The team have completely converted the 15th-century St Werburgh’s Church into a covert indoor climbing centre – you can even climb up the spire!

  • Undercover Rock, St Werburgh’s Church, Mina Road, Bristol, BS2 9YT
  • www.undercover-rock.com
  • Open Monday–Friday 09:30–22:00, Saturday–Sunday 09:30–18:00
Bristol Harbourside
Louise by Louise

Growing up in Somerset, Louise always enjoyed visiting nearby Bristol for its hustle and bustle.

Bristol Harbourside docks offers various boat trips. Bristol Packet boat company do day trips to Bath and Beeses’ tea gardens and 45-minute tours of the docks. There's a bar on deck and you learn all sorts of interesting facts about the River Avon and Bristol’s industrial and maritime past.

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Recommendations for Bristol

The 'triangle' at the top of Park street has some lovely spots for a cocktail, including a few secret bars to discover. They are expensive but worth finding as the environment is lovely and no rowdy hen or stag parties.

There are big outlet shopping in various parts of Bristol but also more eclectic shopping around Clifton, and going for short drive over to Bath.

Limited time in Bristol but enjoyed the variety of shops

Wide range of restaurants and coffee shops.

One can step back in time easily.......

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Why would you recommend Bristol for food?

Great choice of restaurants.

River Cottage Canteen

Suspension bridge

Transport

Bristol transport

Air- Bristol Airport

Bristol has a little airport that flies to various international destinations around Europe. To get into town from the airport, you can take the Airport Flyer bus - the stop is located just outside the terminal. At peak times, it leaves every 8 minutes. A single ticket costs GBP 11 and the journey takes around 30 minutes. You can book online or get it from the driver on board. The flyer stops at several points in the city, including Temple Meads and the Bus Station.

Train

As a relatively small city, Bristol doesn't have an inner-city train network. However, Bristol Temple Meads Station is a major hub for travel outside the city. There's a direct train to London Paddington, which only takes 1 hour and 45 minutes, and you can get to Manchester Piccadilly in 3 hours. You can buy tickets from the machines at the entrance or just head to the ticket office, which is open until 21:30 every day. You can also buy tickets online.

Bus

Bristol's bus network covers most of the city, and given the hilliness of the place, it can be a real life saver. The buses are run by First, and they're white with a pink and purple trim. You can buy single tickets for between GBP 1 and GBP 3.50, depending on the distance. Alternatively there are day tickets for GBP 4.40, or 10-journey tickets for GBP 19. You can buy tickets on the bus.

Ferry

The River Avon runs right through Bristol, and there are whole districts that are on the riverfront. There's a ferry service that goes round the Floating Harbour, taking people to and from seventeen different stops. It's a community-run service with a really friendly atmosphere, as well as being a cool way to move around town!

Taxi

If you need to get from A to B quickly, taxi is probably the best way to do it. You'll be able to spot them by their distinctive blue colour. You can hail them in the street or call and book. There are also taxi ranks around the city, including at Bristol Temple Meads Station. Price is always calculated using the meter, which should show zero when you get in.

Car

Bristol has a lot of car parks dotted around the city, although it's generally recommendable to park outside the centre and take public transport in. This is because there's usually plenty of traffic in the city centre, as well as some slightly confusing one-way systems and bus lanes.

Food in Bristol

Top restaurants in Bristol

Good value
Spanish
El Puerto
High-end dining
International
Bordeaux Quay
Good value
International
Zaza Bazaar
Cheap 'n' tasty
International
Bagel Boy
Good value
Grill
Chomp
  • 10 St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1UQ, United Kingdom
  • Open Monday-Thursday 18:00-23:30 and Friday-Saturday 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-23:30
  • 0044 117 929 3322
Cheap 'n' tasty
Turkish
Eat a Pitta
Good value
Italian
Bella Italia
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Birch
High-end dining
Italian
Al Bacio
Good value
International
Zazu's Kitchen
Good value
International
Albion House
Good value
International
Arch House Deli
High-end dining
British
Cowshed Restaurant
Good value
Spanish
Bravas
Good value
Japanese
Yume Kitchen
High-end dining
International
Bell's Dinner & Bar Rooms
Good value
British
Clifton Sausage
High-end dining
British
Wilks
Cheap 'n' tasty
Turkish
Bristanbul
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bakery
Absolutely Cakes
  • 230 Henleaze Road, Bristol, City of Bristol BS9 4NQ, United Kingdom
  • Open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-18:00 and Saturday-Sunday 10:00-14:00
  • 0044 075 3205 4521
Cheap 'n' tasty
Polish
A Taste Of Poland
  • 229 Filton Ave, Horfield BS7 0AY, United Kingdom
  • Open every day 01:00-20:00
  • 0044 117 969 6683
Cheap 'n' tasty
Polish
A Taste Of Poland
  • 229 Filton Ave, Horfield BS7 0AY, United Kingdom
  • Open every day 01:00-20:00
  • 0044 117 969 6683
Good value
Local
Casamia
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