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2017 OFFICIAL VISITOR Guide

eating & drinking | weekend highlights annual events | Area guides | Handy maps


welcome & contents

Welcome to Bristol Welcome to our vibrant and diverse city. Bristol is an outward-looking city that’s open to all, which is why we attract millions of visitors every year to our eclectic mix of events, activities, sights and history, from Brunel to Banksy and our famous balloon ascents. We are one of Europe’s leading cities thanks to a strong independent flair that means we do things differently. We are a growing hub of knowledge and innovation and are proud of our encompassing sense of inclusivity, which I know we can build upon even more. I hope you enjoy visiting our unique city and feel inspired by our determination, collaboration and long record of creativity and innovation, which motivates people to continue to invest, live, work, study and visit Bristol. Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

Shopping & leisure

nature & Scenery

Harbourside

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City Centre & Old City

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Clifton

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Stokes Croft & Gloucester Road

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Southville & Bedminster

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Explore beyond the Centre

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Beyond Bristol South Gloucestershire & South Cotswolds

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North Somerset

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Bath

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other pages

Key to icons in Bristol by area pages

Food & Drink

Bristol by area

family highlights

art & culture

Weekend highlights

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2017 events

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European City of Sport

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Getting around & tours

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Maps Accommodation

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Translated pages

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Design The Group of Seven Printing Ancient House Press Plc Photography All images Destination Bristol except: cover: www.bemmie.co.uk, p3: Bristol24/7, p5: Tamany Baker, p7: Adam Gasson, Paul Box, p8: Paul Box, SUP Bristol, p13: Paul Box, p14: Mandy Reynolds, Quintin Lake Photography, p16: Quintin Lake Photography, SUP Bristol, p19: Jon Craig Photography, Bristol Cider Shop, 23: Tamany Baker, p24: Giulia Blocal, p26: Tamany Baker, Hotel du Vin, p28: The New Room, p30: Paul Grundy, Paul Box, p35: Jon Lewis, p38: The Lido, p41: Martin Bennett/Gloucestershire Country Cricket Club, Paul Box, Morgane Bigault, Maya Davis, p34: Paul Box, Paul Knight, Photoshelter, p44: Paul Box, p47: F10 Studios, p53: Andrew Varcoe, Paul Box, p54: David Noton, Tim Martin Photography, p61: Jim Johnston, Andy Coffin, Bristol Airport. p73: Pawel Libera, p75: David Noton, p76: Stanislav Mitura, p77: Rob Cousins. We have done our best to credit all images where possible. In the event where there is a problem or error with copyrighted material, the break of copyright is unintentional and the material will be adjusted or credited online upon any request. Published by Destination Bristol (company number 3715280 registered in England and Wales). While every care has been taken in the accuracy of producing this guide, the publisher is not liable for any errors or omissions which may occur. All information is subject to change and is correct at the time of going to print, December 2016. Destination Bristol is a company limited by guarantee and controlled by Bristol City Council.

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WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

Have A Weekend to remember... Follow these itineraries to make the most of what Bristol has to offer

Day one

Grab a coffee by the Harbourside and visit M Shed, a museum telling Bristol’s story, before checking out one of the latest exhibitions at Arnolfini, Europe’s leading centre for contemporary arts. Lunch at Watershed or No.1 Harbourside – both overlook the water and have outdoor seating. Walk via Millennium Square or take a ferry to Brunel’s ss Great Britain, the world’s first luxury cruise liner, fully-restored to its Victorian glory. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the ship and don’t miss the chance to Go Aloft! End a day of exploring with some relaxation. Swim in the outdoor pool then book in for a spa, massage and fine food at The Lido or try sister restaurant Glassboat, which serves up fantastic food and equally fantastic views of the Harbourside. Day two

Head up to Clifton for the Suspension Bridge and fascinating visitor centre. Then 4

browse the independent shops before having lunch at one of the many great restaurants and cafes in Clifton Village. In the afternoon, meet the wildlife at Bristol Zoo Gardens or pop into the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and after, head to Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill for fantastic city views. Then time for a spot of retail therapy in Bristol’s Shopping Quarter, home to Harvey Nichols. Explore the latest dining in Cargo’s cool container restaurants on the Harbourside before a nightcap at The Milk Thistle or King Street Brew House, or check out the city’s legendary live music scene and top DJ sets in the pubs and clubs. Day three

Start the day exploring the galleries and latest exhibitions at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Park Street and the esteemed Royal West of England Academy nearby. For lunch, take your pick from the much-loved vendors at St Nick’s Market in the Old City. Before you leave, don’t miss

the amazing street art in various areas of the city, including North Street in Bedminster and Stokes Croft, best discovered on a street art tour. Or end your trip on a high by seeing a real life Concorde at Aerospace Bristol, opening summer 2017. In fact, two nights may not be enough… Handy travel tips

Maximise your time in the city by following these pointers. Arrive early. Make the most of weekends by checking in on Friday afternoon. Don’t unpack. Dump your bags in your room and head out immediately to explore. Get organised. Book restaurants in advance – popular spots can get very busy. Leave the car at home. Walking, cycling, ferry, bus and local trains are the best ways to get around. Be tour savvy. Take an open-top bus tour and see all the sights in one hit. For more ideas plus details of amazing festivals and events year-round, go to www.visitbristol.co.uk visitbristol www.visitbristol.co.uk


WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

Clockwise from top: Bristol's beautiful Floating Harbour, children splash around in Millennium Square and Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill


EVENTS

Bristol is a city of festivals with something happening all the time, including the ICC Women's World Cup this summer. For the most up-to-date listings and information, please visit www.visitbristol.co.uk January

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Bristol Film Festival Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival R ai Film Festival S  hakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

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– The UK Handmade Bicycle Show Bristol Folk Festival B  ristol Swing Festival Dragon Boat Racing M  onteverdi 450 T he replica Matthew's 20th anniversary R aise Taste Chocolate

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Bristol Americana Festival Bristol Harbour Festival B  ristol Shakespeare Festival G  rillstock NASS Festival T he Other Art Fair Pride Week St Pauls Carnival T hai Festival Upfest

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Bristol Doors Open Days Hall 150th birthday celebrations Dine in the Sky E  ncounters Short Film & Animation Festival E  ngland v West Indies Cricket ODI Great Bristol Half Marathon T okyo World

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Horse Trials Bristol VegFest Bristol Walk Fest Crimefest Dot to Dot Festival England v Ireland Cricket ODI Foodies Festival G  reat Bristol 10k Love Saves the Day Monteverdi 450

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Black History Month Docks Heritage Weekend Festival of the Future City Simple Things W  ar Horse

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markets and events begin War Horse

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2017 Events


EVENTS

Clockwise from top: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol plays host to various cycling events and Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

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european city of sport

Join in with Bristol THE UK’S EUROPEAN CITY OF SPORT 2017 Bristol is an inspiring, active and inclusive city. Its vision is to be a successful city of sport and active recreation in which people are healthy and motivated to participate for life. Bristol is a unique and vibrant city fuelled by the creativity, diversity and energy of its communities. People are proud to live in Bristol and passionate about its potential to become one of the very best cities in Europe. Partners are working together to make Bristol a better city for all. Sport and active recreation have long been at the heart of Bristol life. Across the city there is an abundance of community sports clubs, a range of high-profile professional clubs, an impressive sporting events calendar, numerous high-quality participation initiatives and fun family activities. Bristol also proudly boasts an excellent and expanding network of built and natural facilities and spaces for sport and active recreation, so whatever your preference there is something for you to enjoy, whatever the weather.

From top: cyclists ride the routes around Leigh Woods, stand-up paddle boarding on Bristol's Floating Harbour and runners in Bristol's Half Marathon make their way along the Portway

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About the cover illustration This artwork was created by Robin Richards from www.bemmie.co.uk as a tribute to the colour and energy of his adopted home. Included are landmarks and experiences reflecting his love and delight of living in Bristol. The illustration was created as a celebration of living in an amazing city: the thrill of walking across the incredible www.visitbristol.co.uk

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Clifton Suspension Bridge or enjoying a picnic with friends beneath Cabot Tower while hot-air balloons sail overhead. Posters, greetings cards and postcards of the illustration are available from www. bemmie.co.uk and the Bristol Tourist Information Centre. 9


Harbourside map on pages 64-65

The Harbourside relax in the city’s vibrant, historic dockside quarter history of the harbour

Bristol’s history as a trading port stretches back to 1051 when it was listed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. By the 14th century, the city was trading with Spain, Portugal and Iceland, and ships were also leaving Bristol to found new colonies in the New World. Bristol’s history as part of the triangular slave trade is well documented and features in an exhibition at M Shed, the museum telling the story of Bristol. In 1809, Bristol was transformed by the opening of the Floating Harbour to overcome the challenge of the second highest tidal range in the world. After two centuries as a busy commercial port it has now been transformed into an amazing leisure destination full of visitor attractions, boat trips, water sports, restaurants and bars. fantastic attractions

The best way to get to know the Floating Harbour is by boat. A number of companies operate ferry rides and themed cruises on the water, including wildlife spotting trips with local experts. Back on dry land, Millennium Square is a lovely spot – you'll find children paddling in the fountains during the warmer months. While you're there, pop into At-Bristol Science Centre for a fantastic afternoon of hands-on science experiments and more. Alternatively, head to Bristol Aquarium on nearby Anchor Road to meet Bolt, the electric eel, tropical rays, seahorses, pufferfish, piranhas and plenty more. The area is rich in museums and galleries, including M Shed, which tells the story of Bristol, and Arnolfini, home to contemporary arts. No visit to Bristol would be complete without visiting one of its famous ships – Brunel's ss Great Britain and The Matthew. Turn to page 14 to find more must-visit destinations on the Harbourside.

oodles of bustling restaurants & bars modern art & indie movies fun science centre & huge aquarium miles of gorgeous dockside scenery

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1. The bustling Harbourside market takes place each weekend, 2. The replica Matthew on the Floating Harbour, 3. Bristol Harbour Festival features music, dance and circus performances

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the harbourside

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unmissable harbour hotspots

2. bristol aquarium

Meet tropical marine and freshwater creatures from around the world, all living in naturally themed habitats.

From ferry boat rides to hands-on science experiments, there's plenty of fun to pack into a visit to our historical Harbourside

Tourist Information centre

1. brunel's ss great britain

Explore Brunel's engineering masterpiece from the sumptuous surrounds of the firstclass dining saloon to the top of the ship's rigging. Free audio tours are available on board in different languages.

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Find over 300 hands-on exhibits, activities and live shows designed to educate and entertain plus the UK’s only 3D Planetarium.

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4. The Matthew

Take a trip on the replica of the boat sailed by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497.

6. M Shed 5. Underfall Yard

Visit this working boatyard, brand new visitor centre and cafĂŠ.

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Films, photographs, interactive exhibits and displays tell the story of Bristol and its place in the world, from prehistoric times to the present day.

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the harbourside

Harbourside map on pages 64-65

Cultural highlights Architecture Centre

Independent organisation championing better buildings and places for everyone. Find free exhibitions on architecture and design plus plenty of talks and workshops.

operate trips and cruises around the Harbourside and beyond. You can take a guided tour on anything from street art to pirates (see page 63 for further information). M Shed

Arnolfini

An internationally-renowned contemporary art gallery with a programme of exhibitions, performances, screenings, talks and music. Bristol Harbour Festival

Music, dance, circus and on-the-water actitivies at this free festival taking place every July. Wonderful markets to explore too. Ferry trips & guided tours

A number of ferry companies

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This social history museum (below) shares the city’s amazing past through the objects and stories of the people who have made the place what it is today. Spike Island

A working art and design studio with its own café, shop and gallery hosting a vibrant programme of events. Watershed

This arts cinema and digital creativity centre hosts a packed programme. Visit the café bar for tasty pre-film fodder.

nick seary sup bristol paddle boarding instructor The area around the Floating Harbour is a foodie’s paradise with a wonderfully eclectic range of independently run restaurants, cafés and bars all with their own unique views of the water. And there’s always something to see on the water, from The Matthew serenely gliding along to a group of paddle boarders enjoying exploring Bristol in a very different way.


Harbourside map on pages 64-65

the harbourside

Food & Drink favourites Bordeaux Quay

pi shop & paco tapas

A brasserie, bar, deli, bakery and cookery school.

The team behind Casamia opened two more restaurants in 2016: the first serves sourdough pizza and ice cream, the latter traditional tapas.

Cargo

Part of Wapping Wharf, these repurposed containers (below) are home to restaurants and bars including Bristol Cider Shop. casamia

Family-run trattoria turned Michelin-starred restaurant. Glassboat

An elegant restaurant on a converted barge. The Grain Barge

Drink locally brewed beer aboard a boat. Mud Dock Café

Stop mid-cycle for some nutritious seasonal food.

The River Grille

The Bristol hotel’s restaurant comes with fantastic Harbourside views. The Stable

Serves award-winning pizzas and more than 60 types of cider. Steak of the Art

Serving fine cuts in a gallery-style setting. Three Brothers Burgers

Burgers and hot dogs with craft beer, shakes, sundaes and floats. Za Za Bazaar

No.1 Harbourside

Top-notch food and live music every night with weekly market.

The UK’s largest restaurant dishes up a variety of buffet-style global cuisine.

sebastian langkamer manager of bristol cider shop If you haven't made your way to Wapping Wharf yet then I strongly recommend that you do. There is still an infectious buzz of excitement that comes with new, up-and-coming areas and when you set it to the backdrop of Bristol's stunning Harbourside, you're on to a winner.

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City Centre and Old City map on pages 64-65

City Centre & Old City culture, history & some of the best shopping in Bristol architecture & entertainment

A few minutes’ walk from the Harbourside, the Old City is bursting with character, its cobbled streets and alleyways lined with some of Bristol's oldest buildings. Architecture and entertainment in equal doses are found on King Street and Queen Square. The former is home to a world-class theatre and the craft beer pubs of the ‘Beermuda Triangle’ while the latter, lined with elegant Regency townhouses, is a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city. Welsh Back, which runs between the two, is a great spot for waterfront dining. high street & high end shops

Climb the mighty hill of Park Street to explore a variety of independent, high street and high end shops, cafés and bars. The road is overlooked by the Wills Memorial Building, home to the University of Bristol. Near the top of Park Street is Brandon Hill, the oldest park in Bristol in which sits Cabot Tower, a free local landmark with inspiring city views. Stroll to the bottom of the road to see Banksy’s Well Hung Lover opposite City Hall. On the other side you’ll find College Green, a popular lunch spot for locals, as is Castle Park near Bristol Shopping Quarter.

craft beer pubs & street food stalls huge shopping area & mar kets Historical houses & landmark buildings renowned theatres & concert halls

vibrant nightlife

There are plenty of LGBT bars and clubs in the west end gay village, including The Queenshilling, The Pineapple, Bent and OMG, all offering music nights and a vibrant atmosphere. Pride Week is in July. Finally the medieval Christmas Steps lead to creative traders of all stripes. There’s a museum, pubs, café, restaurants and various artisan shops.

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1. Park Street is a popular shopping destination thanks to its variety of indie and high-street stores, 2. the cobbled streets of the Old City, 3. the historic Llandoger Trow

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Cultural highlights bristol museum & art gallery

World-class collections of art, archaeology, geology and natural history displayed inside a beautiful Edwardian building at the top of Park Street. Bristol Old Vic

Located on cobbled King Street, this is the oldest continuously working theatre in the country with a world famous theatre school.

Colston Hall

Bristol’s largest concert venue (below) celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017 with a varied programme of live music and comedy acts. Historic Houses

Glimpse into Bristol’s past at Georgian House Museum and The Red Lodge Museum. rwa

England's only regional Royal Academy of Art is Bristol's finest art gallery.

Bristol Hippodrome

Cary Grant started his career at this historical theatre, which plays host to Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes and Blood Brothers in 2017.

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St George’s Bristol

An elegant concert hall known for its outstanding acoustics. Their programme ranges from classical to world music.

giulia Blocal blogger Unicorns have been significant to Bristol ever since they first appeared on the city seal in 1569. They were chosen to represent virtue on Bristol’s coat of arms and featured on two sides of the image of a golden ship. My favourites are on the front terrace of the RWA, a top contemporary art museum, and at the entrance to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, where you’ll find a rich collection of art, nature and history.


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Food & Drink favourites Bistro du Vin

The Old Duke

Hotel du Vin’s restaurant serves a menu inspired by French home cooking and has an exceptional wine selection.

Loved for its live jazz nights, this much-loved pub hosts live music every night of the week plus Sunday lunchtimes.

Graze Bar & Chophouse

Pinkmans

Sophisticated British pub fare on Queen Square.

This bakery is known for its naughty sourdoughnuts and is open into the evening.

Harveys Cellars

Enjoy sherry and tapas in the former home and birthplace of Harveys Bristol Cream. Llandoger Trow

Believed to have been the inspiration for the Admiral Benbow in Treasure Island. The Milk Thistle

Enjoy late-night cocktails at this atmospheric speakeasy.

St Nicholas Market

Thriving market (below) home to a variety of food stalls including Bristol’s Pieminister pies and local produce haven Source Food Hall and Café. Swoon

Dreamy gelato made from scratch on-site in lots of interesting flavours. The Rummer

The Ox

Famed for sensational steaks and cocktails.

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Cosy up in front of the fire for first-rate cocktails and food.

Marcus Lang Head Chef at Hotel du Vin St Nicholas Market is a favourite place to enjoy lunch with the rest of the hotel team. With cuisines ranging the breadth of the globe there really is something to suit every taste. It is difficult to narrow it down to one stall but you can’t go wrong with pulled pork and cornbread from Grillstock, a filled homemade naan from Matina or a spicy noodle dish from Chilli Daddy.


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SACRED Bristol Explore beautiful architecture and rich history at these places of worship. For more information on places of worship for all faiths, go to www.visitbristol.co.uk 1. St James Priory

St James Priory is the city’s oldest church. Dating back to 1129 it has been used as a place of worship for almost 900 years.

2. St John on the Wall

St John on the Wall was built into the original city walls in the 12th century and features beautiful Jacobean fittings. New visitor interpretation has now been launched.

3. The Lord Mayor’s Chapel

The Lord Mayor’s Chapel on College Green, directly opposite Bristol Cathedral, is hidden away behind an unassuming entrance.

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5. Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral has stood on its site near College Green for over 1,000 years and is a popular film location for costume dramas including Wolf Hall and The White Princess.

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John Wesley’s Chapel ‘The New Room’ is the oldest Methodist building in the world and due to open a new multimedia Visitor Centre in spring 2017. Further Methodist Heritage trails can be found in nearby South Gloucestershire.

6. St Mary Redcliffe

Beautiful, Grade I-listed church St Mary Redcliffe is described as a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a soaring spire that reaches 89 metres into the sky.

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1. Cabot Circus

shopping destinations Use our map to discover the wealth of markets, independents and high-street stores Bristol has to offer

Enjoy all sorts of amazing shops, restaurants and entertainment under one dramatic shellshaped roof.

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3. The Arcade

Step back in time and explore this Grade II-listed Georgian shopping arcade with its boutique shops and cafĂŠs.

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High-end shopping around a European-style piazza.

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4. Broadmead 5. The Galleries

Discover over 80 interesting stores plus a great familyfriendly food court.

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This pedestrianised street is your one-stop shop for high-street names like Marks & Spencer and Primark.

6. St Nicholas Markets

St Nick’s glass-covered market dates back to the 1700s and has over 90 independents. Its other markets on Corn Street and beyond include the Nails Market and St Nicholas Night Market.

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Popular with students for its vintage shops and independent labels.

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This community of foodies, makers, musicians, artists and traders meet along the Harbourside every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm to sell clothing, jewellery, books, art and more.

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City Centre & Old City

old mar ket quarter Just a few minutes’ walk from Bristol Shopping Quarter is Old Market, an independent and bohemian area that is home to a friendly gay village with vibrant nightlife. Steeped in history, Old Market is a unique and fascinating area, centrally located and well-served by public transport. As its name suggests it was the main market street for Bristol dating back to Norman times. It is blessed with a rare mix of eclectic buildings that tell many stories. Now it is home to a host of independent businesses including a wide variety of unique shops, galleries, cafés, bars, restaurants and even Bristol’s largest independent department store, Gardiner Haskins. Bristol City Centre has been awarded Purple Flag status, recognising a well-managed night-time economy. Old Market contributes to this in many different ways especially with the diversity of the area. If you want cabaret, live music, world food or a quiet pub, Old Market has it all. For live music, performances and more, try popular local spot Trinity Centre (pictured) or the Old Market Assembly, which houses a restaurant, café, bakery, bar and The Wardrobe Theatre. Old Market is well known for its strong connections to the LGBT community and popular gay-friendly venues include The Palace and the Old Market Tavern.

Late-night bars, clubs & cabarets One-of-a-kind shops & galleries Heart of Bristol’s LGBT community

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CLIFTON fine dining, Georgian buildings & one GURT big bridge Village experience

Elegant, leafy and filled with chic boutiques, cosy cafés and Georgian buildings, Clifton is one of Bristol’s most beautiful places to visit. The area is home to Clifton Suspension Bridge, a stunning structure designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1864. The bridge is free to walk and cycle across (cars chargeable) and offers magnificent views of Avon Gorge. The visitor centre on the Leigh Woods side is open daily. Clifton Village features pretty streets lined with shops and places to eat. The Victorian Clifton Arcade houses an array of bijou stores, selling everything from vintage jewellery to home interiors. The Lido, on Oakfield Place, has been fully restored and offers yearround outdoor swimming, spa treatments and award-winning dining. Clifton is also home to Bristol Zoo Gardens, which is home to 12 acres of landscaped gardens and more than 400 species of exotic animals.

Buzzing cafe culture Fancy shops & bijou boutiques world-famous bridge & zoo Huge green spaces & gardens

Green spaces

One of the most popular green spaces in Bristol is The Downs, made up of Clifton Down and Durdham Down. This huge area of protected parkland on the northern fringes of Clifton is home to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and hosts various annual events. Just across Clifton Suspension Bridge is Ashton Court, a wonderful location for walking, jogging, golf, cycling and annual events, including the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Hot-air balloon companies, such as Bristol Balloons and Bailey Balloons, offer flights from here. Walk around the oak, small leaf lime and ash trees of Leigh Woods or abseil and climb the Avon Gorge with Adventurous Activity Company. Clifton Village, which also boasts an adventure play park for families and picnickers, is just a five-minute walk from the zoo via a tree-lined promenade, flanked by attractive Georgian mansions. For quiet time with a book, head to The Mall Gardens, a little oasis in the heart of the village.

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1. Brunel's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, 2. Clifton Arcade is packed with bijou stores, 3. Bristol Zoo is home to 400 species… including western lowland gorillas

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Food & DRINK favourites CAU

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

Meat lovers are spoilt for choice at this stylish Argentinian restaurant.

The only Ivy outside London is right at home in Clifton Village. Las Iguanas Clifton

The Clifton Sausage

Modern British food in a cosy and relaxed setting

South American-inspired dishes to enjoy with friends. The Lido

Cowshed

Bringing quality countryside cuts to an urban audience.

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired menu (below). No.4 Clifton Village

Friska

Fresh dishes made using responsibly sourced ingredients.

Award-winning a la carte at The Rodney Hotel. Racks Bar & Kitchen

A top spot for Sunday roasts.

Heartfelt Vintage

A gorgeous vintage boutique and tearoom.

The River Cottage Canteen

Seasonal, wild food from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s team.

Hyde & Co

Bristol’s original prohibition bar serves fabulous cocktails in stylish surroundings.

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White Lion Bar

This terrace has incredible views of Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Freddy Bird Head Chef at the Lido Once a culinary backwater, Clifton has blossomed into one of the most exciting places to eat in Bristol. Having the Lido restaurant here has shown us what an interesting and diverse bunch Bristolians are to cook for.


Gloucester Road & Stokes Croft map on page 67

Gloucester Rd & Stokes Croft Cool nightlife, independent traders and a bohemian vibe Stokes Croft

Take a stroll around Stokes Croft to see some of Bristol’s best street art, including Banksy’s famous Mild Mild West. The Cube Microplex on Dove Street is a cinema and arts venue presenting cinema, music, cabaret and more. Some of the city’s most famous music clubs are based here, including Lakota and the Blue Mountain, and there is plenty of live music to be found in the many bars and pubs. Cheltenham Road, which joins Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road, is home to lots of interesting shops, cafés and restaurants. Gloucester Road

Just beyond the railway arches is Gloucester Road, reputedly the longest independent shopping street in Europe. Nearby St Andrews Park has children’s playgrounds and open spaces while Gloucestershire County Cricket Club hosts regular fixtures, including the Women’s World Cup and two one-day internationals in 2017. Bristol Rovers play their home fixtures at the Memorial Stadium.

Plentiful bars & cool cafEs Vintage threads & upcycled treats street art with Banksy at its heart Victorian par k with paddling pool

Food & drink favourites

In Stokes Croft you’ll find pie purveyors Pieminister, Jamaican cuisine at Rice and Things, tapas at Poco and ethical cooking and free live music at The Canteen. In Montpelier, café Emmeline serves light bites and succulents while Cox & Baloney Tea Rooms delivers a vintage afternoon tea experience plus food and cocktails in the evening. On Gloucester Road, Joe’s Bakery makes tasty craft loaves and cakes and Bakers & Co is amazing for brunch. Atomic Burger is a great family friendly spot and Pizzarova serves sensational sourdough. Beer enthusiasts will love The Wellington's range of Bath Ales and The Drapers Arms' focus on small local producers. For live music, try The Gallimaufry or The Golden Lion.

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Southville & Bedminster independent shops, mar kets, restaurants and bars Bustling & independent

North Street offers an enviable mix of independent shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and markets. The Tobacco Factory Theatres stage Shakespeare, opera, Christmas shows, stand-up, puppetry and dance. The adjoining café bar also hosts a number of events while serving up good food and Bristol Beer Factory brews. The area is a haven for shoppers and foodies who flock to the strip for stores like the Southville Deli, which sells fair trade, organic and wholefoods, as well as the Sunday morning market at the Tobacco Factory. Activities & events

Windmill Hill City Farm in Bedminster is a voluntary community project that runs social, environmental and educational activities alongside seasonal events. Victoria Park has a wonderful children’s play area and offers great views of the city. Sports fans can get their fix at Ashton Gate, home to Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby, while climbers can tackle state-of-the-art Redpoint, which is based in an old cinema. Each July North Street hosts Upfest, the largest urban art festival in Europe, which features artists from across the globe – one reason why North Street is also a fantastic outdoor gallery of amazing street art.

Haven for indie bars & cafes Lovely delis & friendly mar kets Graffiti & street art paradise Home of Tobacco Factory Theatres

Food & Drink Favourites

Mark’s Bread is the locals’ favourite for baked treats and the Lounge does brilliant breakfasts. The Old Bookshop on North Street serves up small plates while Souk Kitchen specialises in Lebanese cuisine. Ashton Gate Sports Bar & Grill serves pub grub in front of the biggest indoor screen in the country. For pre-theatre dining, head to the Tobacco Factory Café Bar or the Thali Café for Indian street food. The Hen & Chicken serves tasty pizza and hosts stand-up shows while Birch has a beautifully executed menu.

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1. Europe's largest urban art festival, Upfest, 2. the Tobacco Factory hosts weekly community markets selling local food and craft, 3. Bristol City FC supporters at Ashton Gate Stadium

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Small but thriving street in Easton boasting awardwinning restaurants, cafés and independent shops (including the Bristol Sweet Mart, above). Get there by train, alighting at Stapleton Road station.

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Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate is a 19th-century mansion set in 400 acres of parkland and is home to the city’s social history collection. Collect a key from Blaise Castle (left) to access the nearby Kings Weston Roman Villa. Pop across to the National Trust’s Blaise Hamlet – charming 19th-century cottages centred around a ‘village’ green complete with its own pump.

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Arnos Vale is home to The Original Bristol Blue Glass Factory and Shop. Bristol Blue Glass has been famous in the city for the past four centuries and today skilled glassmakers keep the tradition alive at this thriving business. Directly opposite is Arnos Vale Cemetery (left), the final resting place for some of Bristol’s most notable citizens since 1837. The site offers an insight into the era of Victorian extravagance and provides a haven for wildlife spotting and leisurely strolls with trail maps available.

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4. Fishponds & Frome Valley

Fishponds Road is a thriving high street popular with residents. Oldbury Court is a beautiful and diverse estate, combining woodland and riverside paths (below) with historic parkland and children’s play facilities. Beyond the parkland, you can follow the path down to the River Frome, where trails lead towards Frenchay and its Village Museum or, in the other direction, towards Snuff Mills.

Avon Valley Railway at Bitton (above) offers steam train rides throughout the year while more fun can be found at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park near Keynsham, an attraction spanning 50 acres of beautiful countryside with indoor and outdoor play areas plus many farm animals and exotic species. Cruises along the River Avon run to Beese’s Bar and Tea Gardens as well as day trips to Bath in the spring and summer with Avon River Cruises and Bristol Packet Boat Trips.

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South Gloucestershire & South Cotswolds rural & urban activities Market towns

Picturesque medieval market towns and villages are dotted around the countryside to the north and east of Bristol. The town of Thornbury dates back to 896 and is home to Thornbury Castle, where King Henry VIII stayed with Anne Boleyn in 1535. The High Street is filled with independent shops and gastropubs while the nearby Mundy Playing Fields offer facilities for children including a paddling pool. The Tourist Information Centre is in Thornbury’s Town Hall. The charming market town of Chipping Sodbury was founded in the 12th century and features medieval architecture and 17th-century Cotswold stone. The Tourist Information Centre is in the clock tower on the High Street. Rural activities

The countryside of South Gloucestershire plays host to the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials, which take place every May, and offers golfers the chance to play 27 holes at the magnificent Kendleshire Golf Club. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy many traffic-free routes along the National Cycle Network, including a popular stretch which links Bristol and Bath along a disused railway path, passing through Warmley, with its historic signal box and tea gardens. Just north of the district is beautiful Berkeley Castle.

Friendly & cosy country pubs Shoppers’ paradise at Cribbs Causeway attractions AND ACTIVITIES galore Wall-to-wall trampoline arena

Shopping destinations

Just off the M5 motorway at junction 17 is The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, a large shopping centre with free parking and regular bus services. It is home to John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and a host of high-street fashion favourites as well as a number of eating and entertainment establishments. The towns themselves also have a lovely range of independent shops and boutiques, perfect for leisurely perusing.

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1. Aerospace Bristol opens in summer 2017 to tell the story of the city's aerospace industry, 2. the beautiful Chipping Sodbury Golf Club, 3. shoppers take to the ice at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

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attractions galore aerospace bristol

Old Down Country Park

See Concorde 216 in situ at this brand new museum opening in summer 2017.

Fun family days out await at this country park with adventure playground, pets corner, walled garden and more.

Airhop Bristol

Filled with wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits and battle beams. Berkeley Castle

This castle (right) dates back to 1117 and is still the home of the Berkeley family.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Discover more than 15,000 tree specimens from all over the world alongside events and workshops. The Wild Place Project

Cattle Country Adventure Park

Lots of lovely animal encounters to be had with guinea pigs, lambs, deer, ducks and more. Jump

Enormous indoor play area with indoor football pitch and enchanted castle.

Get closer to nature while helping to protect threatened habitats around the globe. WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Award-winning home to water voles, waders and the world’s largest collection of swans, geese, ducks and flamingos.

Charles Berkeley from Berkeley Castle Take the short journey north and spend time enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of South Gloucestershire’s countryside; the perfect complement to the buzz of city life! Visit my ancestral home, Berkeley Castle. Not only will you be captivated by the rich history lived out within its walls, you can also spend time enjoying the stunning views across the Severn Vale and beyond.

Food and drink favourites Alveston House

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Thornbury Castle

Enjoy a relaxed meal in elegant surroundings near Thornbury.

Learn about gin making on the 6 O'Clock Gin Distillery Tour.

Fine local food in baronial dining rooms or down in the dungeons!

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The Upton Inn

Buy bottles of the brewer’s popular tipples in Warmley or take a behind-the-scenes tour.

Try authentic Indian cuisine in Thornbury by chef Romy Gill, recently awarded an MBE.

Cosy family pub on Brewery Hill in Bitton serving British classics like steak and Guinness pie and beerbattered fish and chips.

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The Swan Inn

Tuck into a classic afternoon tea out in the garden or in front of the fireplace in Almondsbury.

Gorgeous, friendly country pub in Swineford serving unpretentious food and Bath Ales brews.

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North Somerset beautiful coastlines, villages & seaside towns leisure activities

The rolling hills of North Somerset’s Ashton Court Estate are just across Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and provide plenty of opportunities for leisure activities. There are a number of off-road cycling routes, plenty of pathways for walkers and lots of green spaces to sit and enjoy a picnic. The estate also hosts many annual events throughout the year including the popular Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Just a few minutes away is Leigh Woods, a National Trust-owned broadleaf woodland that sits on the plateau just above Avon Gorge. Follow designated routes through oak, small leaf lime and ash forest.

Michelin-star red food to fish & chips wondrous caves & clifftop walk s Home to the world famous Grand Pier

seaside destinations

About 10 miles from Bristol is Portishead, with a 250-berth marina featuring a public arts trail and Lake Grounds, home to an open-air pool and a boating lake. Clevedon is home to a Grade 1-listed pier dating from 1869, which starred in the One Direction video You and I. The town was also a main location for the TV series Broadchurch, the final series of which is due for screening in 2017. Further south is the coastal town of Weston-super-Mare, which hosted Banksy’s amazing Dismaland Exhibition in 2015. Find traditional seaside treats and rides galore (from go-karts to dodgems and F1 simulators) on the famous Grand Pier alongside the Tropicana, a thriving café, theatre, exhibition and live music venue. Walkers should take a saunter along the Clevedon coastal path to Portishead, part of the West Mendip Way, or the National Trust’s Sand Point coastal path at Sand Bay. If you prefer getting around on two wheels, try the Strawberry Line from Yatton and Cheddar, a smooth, traffic-free cycle path that takes in Congresbury, Sandford, Winscombe and Axbridge along the way.

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Family attractions Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Spectacular caves, dramatic clifftop walks and amazing attractions that take you back to prehistoric times (right). Curzon Cinema

This charming Clevedon picture house is the oldest continuously working cinema in the UK. Fleet Air Arm Museum

See Europe’s largest collection of naval aircraft up close. Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare

Indoor theme park fun for all plus seafront restaurants with magnificent views.

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Tyntesfield

You’ll meet all sorts at Noah’s Ark, from elephants and white rhinos to donkeys and sheep.

A National Trust-owned Victorian Gothic house with gardens and 540 acres of woodland and parkland to explore.

Puxton Park Haynes International Motor Museum

A dazzling display of over 400 cars, from classics to supercars.

The kids will love this adventure park with its miniature railway, miniature golf, falconry centre, farm shop and more.

Wookey Hole Caves

Wander through the valley of the dinosaurs and meet the Witch of Wookey.

Food and drink favourites Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard

Sip on award-winning wines at the foot of the Mendips.

Somerset countryside, served at Barley Wood Walled Garden in Wrington. Enjoy set lunches, dinners, vegetarian feasts, afternoon teas and more.

The Cove

Dine on fresh fish landed by day boats from West Country ports while enjoying beautiful views overlooking Knightstone island.

Harold’s Club

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Find well-priced pub classics alongside intricate multi-course tasting menus. Salt & Malt

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Bath golden Georgian stone set amid green rolling hills Compact & picturesque

Bath makes an ideal day trip as part of a short break in Bristol, the two cities complementing each other perfectly. Bath is just 12 miles away by car or 12 minutes by train. For a more leisurely journey, you can cycle the Bristol and Bath Railway Path. The surrounding countryside is also great for bike rides and walking. You can take in all the city’s central attractions on foot, including the famous Roman Baths (one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world), stroll along grand 18th-century parades or explore its labyrinth of alleys and cobbled streets. Art & culture

Ever since Roman days, Bath has been known for combining health and wellbeing with indulgence and pleasure. No visit is complete without a visit to the famed Thermae Bath Spa. Relax and recuperate in the warm waters of the open-air rooftop pool and drink in the spectacular views over the city. Since the days of Georgian dandies and Jane Austen, the city has been a byword for fashion, its streets lined with boutique shops, bustling cafés and restaurants. Learn about its glamorous past at the Jane Austen Centre before admiring clothing through the ages at the Fashion Museum. The city’s 13 museums are all within walking distance of each other and provide a fascinating insight into different aspects of its history. The Victoria Art Gallery, for example, boasts a fine collection of British oil paintings dating back to the 17th century. Bath also boasts plenty in the way of entertainment, with West End productions and stars at the Theatre Royal, the unique Egg theatre for children and a regular programme of festivals and special arts events.

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Getting to Bristol Bus

National Express and Megabus run services from across the country to Bristol’s bus and coach station in the city centre. Regional bus services terminate here too. Falcon run a service from Plymouth to Bristol 24 hours a day with various stops including Bristol Airport. Train

Bristol Temple Meads is the city’s central station while Bristol Parkway is located to the north. There are regular train and bus services between the two stations. You can catch a ferry from Temple Meads (Temple Quay landing) into the City Centre.

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Getting around Bristol Bristol Tourist Information Centre (TIC)

The TIC is for visitors and locals alike, offering everything from help with bus timetables and accommodation booking to a wide range of souvenirs, gifts, books and maps. Book tickets for tours as well as local transport including buses and ferries. The TIC also acts as an access point for the local currency, the Bristol Pound. Exchange your sterling to spend with local independent traders or keep the notes as a unique souvenir.

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Bus

There are several bus operators in Bristol and the surrounding area. Full route maps, timetables and tickets are available at the TIC or online. You can also pay the driver directly. Train

Bristol has local stations which are convenient for getting around the city. The mainline stations are Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway; you can access many rural stations from these. Boat

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end of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, and Cycle the City and Bristol Tandem Hire from the city centre area. Some hotels also offer bikes for hire.

Cycling and bike hire

Accessibility

As the UK’s first cycling city, Bristol has many cycle lanes and routes. The TIC stocks free route maps. Bikes can be hired from locations around the city, including the Brompton Dock at Temple Meads station, Pedal Progression at Ashton Court, Bristol Cycle Shack at the Bristol

Bristol can be explored on foot although some steep hills and cobbled streets can be difficult to access with a wheelchair. The Accessible Guide is available from the TIC. Wheelchair and scooter hire are both available from Shopmobility, located in Cabot Circus. visitbristol www.visitbristol.co.uk


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Bristol Insight open-top bus tours take 75 minutes with many places to hop on and off along the way, including all major attractions. This is a great way to familiarise yourself with the city too. Tickets are available from the driver, the TIC and online.

The Adventurous Activity Company runs organised tours for groups with bike hire included. For longer rides there are dedicated routes such as the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, the Strawberry Line and the Avon Cycleway. Walking

Boat

The Matthew runs regular harbour trips, some cruises including cream tea or fish and chips. They also run four-hour trips along the Avon Gorge. Number Seven Boat Trips and Bristol Ferry Boats operate regular ferry services to and from waterfront attractions along the Harbourside. The Bristol Packet runs guided trips around Bristol and along the River Avon to Bath. Contact the TIC on the Harbourside for timetables and tickets for Bristol Packet and Bristol Ferry Boats.

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The Bristol Highlights Tour (Easter to November), The Ultimate Bristol Walking Tour, Bristol Pirate Walks and Hidden & Haunted Bristol Walks all offer fascinating insights into this historical city. Take in a mixture of the latest cutting-edge street art combined with some classic Banksy on a tour by Where the Wall or Graft. Foodies might fancy an EatWalkTalk Bristol Food Tour which includes more than 10 tastings from independent producers. Tickets for all these walking tours are available at the TIC. Free guided tours of the Clifton Suspension Bridge are

available at weekends and bank holidays (seasonal). Self-guided walks are available from the TIC or you can download free MP3 audio tours from the Visit Bristol website. Search online for the Bristol South Skyline Walk offering a route around some of the lesserknown areas just south of the centre, and don’t miss the annual Bristol Walk Fest in May, offering over 150 of the best walks in and around the city. Taxi

For a personalised, door-to-door experience, hop into City-Cab Tours’ comfy taxi. Friendly local driver Jon will let you into all Bristol’s secrets as he drives you round the city’s famous sites.

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Bristol and the surrounding areas have a wide variety of accommodation to choose from. A small selection are shown on the following pages.

City Centre Properties listed in this section are shown on the maps on pages 64-65 & 66 by their circled number

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Redcliffe Way, BS1 6NJ 0117 926 0041, Doubletree3.hilton.com • Newly refurbished hotel in a fantastic location, within easy walking distance of the Harbourside and shopping areas. Only 400m from Bristol Temple Meads train station. Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

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Broad Street, BS1 2EL 0871 376 9042 www.mercure.com • Four-star deluxe hotel ideally situated in the old city within walking distance of all city attractions. Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel

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5-7 Welsh Back, BS1 4SP 0117 929 1030 www.mercure.com • Boutique-style hotel located on the tree-lined boulevard of Welsh Back, overlooking the waterside. Novotel Bristol Centre

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College Green, BS1 5TA 0117 925 5100 www.bristolmarriottroyal.co.uk • Steeped in Victorian elegance and perfectly located next to Bristol Cathedral and the Harbourside. 242 luxury bedrooms. Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa Hotel HHHH

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Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, BS8 3HA www.thelodgebristolzoo.co.uk 0117 9747 300 • The Lodge, Bristol Zoo’s new accommodation offers the luxury of a secluded safari lodge, with exotic animals just outside your window.

Broad Quay, BS1 4BY 0117 934 9500 www.radissonblu.co.uk/hotel-bristol • Iconic hotel located in Bristol’s historic Harbourside, including five meeting rooms, 176 bedrooms and Filini Restaurant. Hampton by Hilton City Centre

Prince Street, Harbourside BS1 4QF 0117 923 0333 www.doylecollection.com/bristol • Luxury hotel in the heart of the city with many rooms offering gorgeous views over the Harbourside.

Redcliffe Hill, BS1 6SQ 0117 968 9900 www.mercure.com • Luxury hotel with spa, fitness suite and indoor 14m pool, on-site car parking, great location.

Victoria Street, BS1 6HY 0117 976 9988 www.novotel.com • Four-star centrally located hotel with ample parking. Great location for all Bristol attractions. Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol

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St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UB 0117 9300 066 www.brooksguesthousebristol.com • Funky Boutique Guesthouse in the heart of the old city with rooftop airstreams.

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North Somerset Each property listed in this area is shown on the map on page 69 by its circled number Greyfield Farm Holiday Cottages

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High Littleton, Somerset, BS39 6YQ 0176 1471 132 www.greyfieldfarm.com • 5 self-catering cottages. Rural location close to Bristol, Bath and Wells. The cottages sleep a maximum of 2, 3 or 4 persons.

South Gloucestershire & South Cotswolds Each property listed in this area is shown on the map on page 69 by its circled number Alveston House Hotel

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Filton Road, Hambrook, BS16 1QX 0871 942 9014 www.hibristolfiltonhotel.co.uk • Close to M4/M5, Parkway station, ideally situated for UWE, Aerospace Museum and Cribbs Causeway. Free carparking & wifi. 17

Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke, BS32 4JF 0145 4201 144 www.doubletreebristolnorth.com • Recently refurbished with 161 guestrooms and 8 conference rooms. Ideally situated close to the M4/M5 motorway interchange.

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188 Shortwood Hill, Pucklechurch, BS16 9PG 0117 937 4966 www.ferncottagebedandbreakfast.co.uk • National Award-winning B&B in countryside location, panoramic views, fantastic food, service and hospitality, only 15 minutes from Bristol.

Top tips when booking your place to stay • Book 

direct with the property to secure the best rates coming for the weekend, stay for two nights to really make the most of your time • Use www.visitbristol.co.uk to: – Check out the special offers – Search by area and type of accommodation – We have listings pages for hotels with pools, green, romantic, boutique stays, groups (including stag & hen), dog friendly and accessible accommodation •W  hen

Alternatively, contact the Tourist Information Centre on 0906 711 2191 (UK only. Calls charged at 50p per minute plus network extras) or e-mail ticharbourside@destinationbristol.co.uk For more places to stay, go to: www.visitbristol.co.uk/accommodation www.visitbristol.co.uk

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Wochenend-Highlights Wenn Sie ein Wochenende in Bristol verbringen möchten, kommen Sie am besten freitags schon, um wirklich das meiste aus Ihrer Zeit zu machen. Melden Sie sich in Ihrer Unterkunft an und gehen Sie auf Entdeckungsreise. Denken Sie daran, Restaurants im Voraus zu buchen, da zu Stoßzeiten eventuell sehr viel Betrieb sein kann. Was einen großen Teil des Flairs von Bristol ausmacht ist, dass es immer etwas Neues zu tun und zu entdecken gibt. Eine Fahrt mit der Fähre oder mit dem Tour-Bus mit offenem Oberdeck ist ein idealer Weg, sich einen ersten Eindruck zu verschaffen.

in seinem viktorianischen Glanz. Entdecken Sie die Besonderheiten, Geräusche und Gerüche des Schiffs und verpassen Sie nicht die Möglichkeit aufzuentern! Beenden Sie den Entdeckungstag mit etwas Entspannung. Gehen Sie zum Beispiel ins Lido, zum Schwimmen im Freibad. Anschließend können Sie Anwendungen, eine Massage und ausgezeichnetes Essen dort genießen – oder versuchen Sie es im Schwesterrestaurant „Glassboat“, wo fantastisches Essen serviert wird und Sie eine gleichermaßen fantastische Aussicht auf die Harbourside haben.

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Besorgen Sie sich einen Kaffee an der Harbourside (altes Hafengebiet im Zentrum) und besuchen Sie das M Shed, ein Museum, das die Geschichte von Bristol erzählt. Dann auf zu einer der neuesten Ausstellungen im Arnolfini, Europas führendem Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst. Mittagessen im Watershed oder No. 1 Harbourside – beide mit Blick aufs Wasser und Sitzgelegenheiten im Freien. Danach zu Fuß oder mit der Fähre zu Brunels SS Great Britain, dem ersten Luxus-Kreuzfahrtschiff der Welt, rundum wiederhergestellt

Hinauf nach Clifton zur Suspension Bridge und dem faszinierenden Besucherzentrum. Dann durch die unabhängigen Geschäfte stöbern, gefolgt von einem Mittagessen in einem der vielen großartigen Restaurants in Clifton Village – The Ivy Clifton Brasserie vielleicht? Am Nachmittag könnten Sie den Tieren des Bristol Zoo einen Besuch abstatten oder im Botanischen Garten der Universität von Bristol vorbeischauen. Als nächstes wäre die Park Street und der Cabot Tower auf dem Brandon Hill ein interessantes Ziel. Von dort aus ist es nicht weit zum Bristol

Museum (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery), wo Sie sich verschiedene Sammlungen und neueste Ausstellungen ansehen können. Besuchen Sie das Geschäftsviertel von Bristol, wo unter anderem Harvey Nichols zu finden ist. Und am Abend können Sie sich schick machen für ein Essen im Bordeaux Quay an der Harbourside und anschließenden Drinks im Milk Thistle oder dem King Street Brew House. Bevor Sie Bristol verlassen, sollten Sie nicht die fantastische Street Art in verschiedenen Teilen der Stadt verpassen, zum Beispiel in der North Street in Bedminster und in Stokes Croft. Dazu eignet sich am besten eine Street Art Tour. Oder beenden Sie Ihren Aufenthalt mit einem Höhepunkt – mit dem Besuch einer echten Concorde im Aerospace Bristol, das im Sommer 2017 eröffnet wird. Vielleicht sind zwei Nächte sogar nicht einmal genug… Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Momentos estrella del fin de semana Si vienes a pasar el fin de semana, lo mejor es llegar el viernes para aprovechar al máximo tu estancia. Regístrate en el hotel al llegar y después sal a explorar. Recuerda hacer una reserva en un restaurante con antelación ya que pueden estar llenos en momentos de alta demanda. Uno de los encantos de Bristol es que siempre hay algo nuevo que hacer y lugares interesantes que explorar. Súbete a un ferry o al autobús turístico para una conocer la ciudad. Primer día

Tómate un café en el puerto y visita M Shed, un museo que narra la historia de Bristol, antes de visitar una de las últimas exposiciones del Arnolfini, el centro de arte contemporáneo más destacado de Europa. Disfruta del almuerzo en Watershed o en No. 1 Harbourside, ambos con vistas al mar y terraza exterior. Después, date un paseo o toma un ferry hasta el navío SS Great Britain de Brunel, el primer crucero de lujo del mundo, totalmente restaurado con toda su gloria victoriana. Disfruta de las vistas, los sonidos y los olores del barco y ¡no te pierdas la oportunidad de subir a cubierta!

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Pon broche final a un día de exploración con algo de relajación. Nada unos largos en la piscina exterior y después reserva una sesión en el spa, un masaje y una cena el Lido o prueba el restaurante hermano, Glassboat, que sirve comida fantástica y ofrece vistas igualmente fantásticas del puerto. Segundo día

Pon rumbo a Clifton para ver el puente colgante y el fascinante centro de visitantes. A continuación, puedes curiosear por las tiendecitas locales antes de ir a comer a uno de los muchos restaurantes estupendos del Clifton Village; ¿el Ivy Clifton Brasserie quizás? Por la tarde, saluda a los animales salvajes del Parque Zoológico de Bristol o visita los Jardines Botánicos de la Universidad de Bristol. Después dirígete a Park

Street y Cabot Tower en Brandon Hill antes de explorar las galerías y las últimas exposiciones en el Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Visita las tiendas del distrito comercial de Bristol, incluida Harvey Nichols. Ponte tus mejores galas para salir a cenar en Bordeaux Quay en el puerto antes de despedir la noche con una copa en el Milk Thistle o King Street Brew House. Antes de marchar, no te pierdas el increíble arte urbano en varias áreas de la ciudad, como North Street en Bedminster y Stokes Croft; el mejor modo de descubrirlo es una visita guiada del arte urbano. Concluye el viaje por todo lo alto visitando un Concorde auténtico en Aerospace Bristol, que se inaugurará en verano de 2017. De hecho, dos noches pueden no ser suficientes...

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48 heures A Bristol

Pour un week-end reussi Si vous venez passer le weekend, arrivez plutôt le vendredi pour profiter pleinement de votre séjour de deux jours. Dès que vous avez déposé vos bagages, sortez à la découverte de la ville. Pensez à réserver à l’avance votre chambre mais aussi votre table dans un restaurant, beaucoup sont très prisés. Ce qui fait partie du charme de Bristol, ce sont les nombreuses activités et les nouveaux endroits à explorer. Alors sautez dans un ferry ou un bus pour un très bel aperçu touristique de la ville. Premier jour

Prenez un café le long du port, le célèbre Harbourside, et partez visiter le M Shed, le musée qui raconte l’histoire de Bristol. Puis découvrez la dernière exposition de l’Arnolfini, l’un des principaux centre d’arts contemporains en Europe. Déjeunez au Watershed ou No1 Harbourside, qui se situent le long des quais et possèdent de belles terrasses. Ensuite partez à pied ou en bateau jusqu’au Brunel’s ss Great Britain, premier paquebot de luxe au monde, restauré comme au temps de sa splendeur

victorienne. Admirer la vue, les sons et parfums du navire, et ne manquez pas votre chance d’escalader la mâture! Terminez votre journée d’exploration en vous relaxant. Allez nager dans le bassin découvert puis réservez un spa, massage et repas gastronomique au Lido. Vous pouvez aussi réserver au Glassboat pour une cuisine raffinée et une sublime vue sur les quais. Deuxième jour

Poursuivez votre visite à Clifton pour y découvrir l’emblématique Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Suspension Bridge. Parcourez les boutiques indépendantes du quartier avant de déjeuner dans un des nombreux restaurants de Clifton Village. Dans l’après-midi, allez à la rencontre du monde animalier du zoo de Bristol, ou faites un saut au jardin botanique de l’université de Bristol: the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. Ensuite grimpez Park Street et montez au sommet de la Cabot Tower sur Brandon Hill avant de découvrir les expositions du Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Allez à la rencontre des commerçants de Bristol Shopping Quarter, et découvrez l’époustouflant magasin Harvey Nichols. Préparez vous pour sortir dîner à Bordeaux Quay, avant une échappée au Milk Thistle ou King Street Brew House. Avant de partir découvrez le street art de Bristol dans différents endroits de la ville, North Street à Bedminster et Stokes Croft pour encore plus de graffiti. Vous pouvez aussi achever votre voyage en grand en allant voir un réel Concorde à l’aérospatiale de Bristol, ouverture été 2017.

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48 ore a Bristol

Cosa da fare in un weekend a Bristol Se avete programmato la visita per il weekend, cercate di arrivare di venerdì così da trascorrere più tempo possibile in città. Effettuate il check-in nel luogo in cui avete deciso di soggiornare, dopodiché uscite e andate all’esplorazione. Ricordate di prenotare un ristorante in anticipo perché nelle ore di punta potrebbero essere pieni. Una delle cose più affascinanti di Bristol è che c’è sempre qualcosa di nuovo da fare e posti interessanti da scoprire. Per iniziare, saltate su un traghetto o un bus turistico aperto: un modo fantastico per farvi una prima idea della città. 1° giorno

Prendete un caffè lungo l’Harbourside, la zona del porto, e visitate M Shed, un museo sulla storia di Bristol, prima di dare un’occhiata a una delle ultime mostre allestite presso l’Arnolfini, il principale centro di arti contemporanee in Europa. Al termine della visita, potete pranzare al Watershed oppure al No. 1 Harbourside, entrambi dotati di posti a sedere all’aperto, da cui potrete godere di una fantastica vista sul fiume. Dopo pranzo, fate una

passeggiata o prendete un traghetto che vi porti alla SS Great Britain, progettata da Brunel, la prima nave da crociera di lusso al mondo, completamente restaurata per mostrare l’antico splendore dell’epoca Vittoriana. Scoprite le vedute, i suoni e gli odori della nave. Dopo aver trascorso una giornata in giro per la città, a sera rilassatevi. Potreste fare una nuotata nella piscina all’aperto e prenotare una seduta nella spa, un massaggio o una squisita cena al The Lido oppure al ristorante Glassboat, che serve cibo fantastico e offre una vista altrettanto meravigliosa sull’Harbourside. 2° giorno

Dirigetevi a Clifton per vedere il ponte sospeso e l’affascinante centro per visitatori. Dopodiché, fate un giro per i negozi indipendenti prima di pranzare in uno dei tantissimi fantastici ristoranti del Clifton Village, come ad esempio l’Ivy Clifton Brasserie. Nel pomeriggio, andate alla scoperta della vita selvatica visitando il giardino zoologico di Bristol o il giardino botanico dell’Università di Bristol. Prossima

fermata: Park Street e la torre Cabot Tower su Brandon Hill prima di visitare le Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Esplorate i negozi del quartiere dello shopping di Bristol, tra cui Harvey Nichols. Mettetevi in tiro per una cena al Bordeaux Quay sull’Harbourside e, a seguire, un digestivo al Milk Thistle o King Street Brew House. Prima di andare via, non perdetevi i meravigliosi graffiti che caratterizzano varie zone della città, tra cui North Street a Bedminster e Stokes Croft, che consigliamo di scoprire con un tour dedicato ai graffiti. In alternativa, potreste concludere la visita dall’alto dando un’occhiata ad un autentico Concorde nel Aerospace Bristol, che aprirà nell’estate del 2017. Effettivamente, due notti potrebbero non essere sufficienti...

Bristol Harbourside

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周末精彩游 如果您打算来此欢度周末,可 以在周五到达,这样可以最 大程度地利用您在此地的时 间。安排好住宿后,就可以外 出探索。考虑到餐厅在高峰时 段会非常繁忙,请您记得提前 预订。布里斯托尔的一大迷人 之处就是这里总会有新鲜事物 等您去尝试,有无数有趣的地 方等您探索。跳上渡船或搭乘 敞篷巴士,尽情了解这里的风 土人情。 第一天 在港口边买一杯咖啡,参观 介绍布里斯托历史的 M Shed 博物馆。再到领衔当代欧洲 艺术展览中心——Arnolfini 欣赏最新的艺术展。您 可以在Watershed或No.1 Harbourside享用午餐,这两 家水滨餐馆都提供露天座位。 午餐后,可以步行或乘渡船 去参观布鲁莱尔的ss Great Britain,这是世界第一艘豪 华游轮,经过修复后完全重现 它在维多利亚时代的荣耀。尽 情体验大不列颠号蒸汽轮船上 的美景、声音以及气味,千万 不要错过上桅的壮观场面! 在轻松愉悦的心情中结束一 天的旅程。您可以在露天泳 池游泳,然后在The Lido预 订水疗、按摩和精致美食, 或者尝试一下姊妹餐厅——

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Glassboat,这里食物美味,景 色也可以与港口边媲美。 第二天 前往克利夫顿参观悬索大桥 和和游客中心。接下来可以逛 一下众多的独立店铺,然后 在克利夫顿村享用午餐,这里 有多家餐厅可供选择,也许可 以考虑光顾The Ivy Clifton Brasserie啤酒店? 午后,到布里斯托动物园 花园观看野生动物,或参 观 University of Bristol Botanic Garden。接下来,参 观位于 Brandon Hill 的 Park Street 和 Cabot Tower,然后 前往布里斯托尔博物馆和美术 馆,观看画展和最新的展览。 您可以在布里斯托尔的商业街

逛一下零售店,哈维·尼克斯 (Harvey Nichols)品牌店也 在其中。您可以盛装打扮,去 港口边的 Bordeaux Quay 进晚 餐,然后在The Milk Thistle 或King Street Brew House酒 吧享用一杯睡前美酒。 在您离开之前,千万不要错 过在这所城市不同地区上 演的令人惊叹的街头艺术, 包括 Bedminster 的 North Street,以及街头艺术巡演期 间的最佳去处Stokes Croft。 或者,您也可以到将于2017年 夏季开放的布里斯托尔航空博 物馆观看真正的协和式超音速 喷气客机。 其实,两个晚上未必能让您 尽兴...

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