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Things to do in Bristol

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“SS Great Britain is a museum ship and former passenger steamship built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
History Museum
“Open 7 days a week and is a treasure house of interesting exhibitions, art, fossils and work from Banksy!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Situated in the centre of beautiful historic Bristol - all the stores, lots of independents, some areas undercover.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Bridge
“The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Zoo
“Bristol Zoo is a 45 minute drive form the cottages, offering an amazing day out. Visit the red panda's, gorillas, Kangaroo's, Penguins, Meetkat's and many more, plus explore the Aquarium too.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Museum
“Bristol history covers three levels then an Exhibition hall for temporary exhibitions like the annual Wildlife Photography Exhibition. Great views of Bristol harbour from the balcony. Good cafe and toilet facilities. Just out of doors to left theres Montgomerys cafe, a great place for a bite to eat and good prices. Cosy on a wet day!!”
  • 77 locals recommend
Landmark
“Probably the most notorious sight seeing spot in Bristol, Clifton Suspension Bridge sits over the Avon Gorge and is well worth a visit if you haven't been. Clifton Downs is a lovely big open space and next to Clifton Village which has a lot of lovely restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Art Gallery
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“Various art exhibitions. Or enjoy the outside waterside seating in the summer. 10 minute walk ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“If your after high street shopping then this is the place to come. There’s also a cinema, crazy golf, VR experience place and lots of chain food restaurants.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“Buzzing multi-arts venue with an arthouse cinema and cafe bar in a warehouse overlooking the water.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Bar
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“Live music from all over the world. Located in the heart of stokes croft. Worth checking out. 15 minute walk ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Theater
“We are 16 mins drive from this lovely theatre or a bus from outside our property stops not far from outside the theatre.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Lodging
“Vibrant inner city market open all year round with some excellent street food stalks. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Main Bus Station located in the City Centre. National Express Bus Routes to anywhere in the UK as well as Airport Shuttle”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“Climb the tower for breathtaking views across the entire city. 10 minute walk ”
  • 40 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Mall
“Situated in the centre of beautiful historic Bristol - all the stores, lots of independents, some areas undercover.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Bar
“Rustic cafe/bar serving global tapas with an ethical spin, made using local and organic ingredients.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Theater
“Great for alternative and less mainstream productions. Also has a lovely restaurant/cafe/bar area.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Spa
“This makes an evening in Bristol. It’s also a delight in the day, incredible food that doesn’t cost the earth, the swim + eat packages are v good. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“The One-Stop Thali is a trendy award-winning restaurant with a tasty and small menu of Indian food, including veggie and vegan options. It has a café/coffee-shop vibe and is popular with mums with pre-school kids in the morning and at lunchtime, and couples and groups of friends in the evening. They also have a small range of beer and wine, although it's not really a place to go for just a drink.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“Tapas-style dishes served in a cosy cafe-bar with quirky vintage decor and live music nights.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“If you haven't been to Bristol before, Thali is a bit of an institution here and should be tried if you like Indian food. Expect light healthy curries and lovely daal. A local favourite in the heart of Montpelier.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is bristol’s no.1 plush place to eat, one fun option could be afternoon tea with a walk to the Suspension Bridge before or after. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

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