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Welcome

Welcome to Bristol Often described as a collection of neighbourhoods, Bristol is a relatively compact city offering a diverse mix of experiences for visitors of all ages. It is a city that doesn’t just buzz, it thumps!

Surrounding areas

Bristol Harbourside p12 Vibrant and historic, Bristol’s Harbourside is home to awardwinning attractions, museums, galleries, summer festivals, and places to eat.

Stokes Croft & Gloucester Road p40 This cultural quarter is one of Bristol’s most creative and bohemian neighbourhoods, known for street art, live music and independent shops, galleries and bars. Southville & Bedminster p42 Down-to-earth and welcoming, the areas around North Street are home to a variety of independent traders, cafés and theatres at the popular Tobacco Factory.

City Centre & Old City p22 Bursting with character and charm, the City Centre and adjoining Old City offer a taste of culture, nightlife, history and fantastic shopping.

Beyond the Centre p44 Head away from the usual tourist hotspots to discover more including St Marks Road, Frome Valley, Snuff Mills, Arnos Vale and Blaise Castle estate.

Clifton p34 This exclusive area boasts fine boutiques, restaurants and bars alongside popular attractions Bristol Zoo Gardens and the stunning Clifton Suspension Bridge.

South Gloucestershire & South Cotswolds p46 Take a rural escape to this beautiful district with market towns, quaint villages and outdoor attractions on the fringe of Bristol. North Somerset p52 Miles of spectacular coastline link seaside towns, picturesque rural landscapes and fascinating attractions nestled among the glorious countryside. Bath p56 A short train journey, drive or leisurely cycle ride from Bristol is the World Heritage City of Bath.

other pages Weekend highlights p4 2016 events p6 A year of anniversaries p9 Getting around & tours p62 Maps p64 Accommodation p70 Translated pages p73

Design The Group of Seven Printing Paddock Print Limited Photography Cover: Paul Box, p4: Paul Blakemore, p5: Liz Eve/ Fotohaus, p7: Carl Whitham, FotoWare Fotostation, Paul Box, pp12-13: Philip Clark, p14: Brunel’s ss Great Britain/Adam Gasson, Visit England images, p16: M Shed/Richard Bryant, The Matthew, p19: Paul Box, p23: Paul Box, getlstd_property_ photo, p24: Digital Photo Professional, Tamany Baker, p26: Graham Flack, p28: Paul Box, p34: Paul Box, Gary Newman, John Seaman, p38: Tamany Baker, p41: Paul Box, p42: Paul Box, Farrows Creative, p44: Paul Box, p47: Sam Gibson, Pete Thompson/Forestry Commission, p52: Paul Box, p53: NTPL/Andrew Butler, p56: Colin Hawkins, p61: Andy Coffin, p75: David Noton, p76: Stanislav Mitura, p77: Rob Cousins. Additional imagery: Shipshape magazine, Plaster PR. We have done our best to credit 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). Whilst 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 2015. Destination Bristol is a company limited by guarantee and controlled by Bristol City Council.

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Weekend Highlights

Bristol is best when you have a couple of days to enjoy discovering the city If you are coming for the weekend, arrive on a Friday to really maximise your time here. Check into your accommodation then get out and explore. Remember to book a restaurant in advance as they can get busy at peak times. One of Bristol’s charms is there is always something new to do and interesting places to explore. Hop on a ferry or the open-top bus tour for a great introduction. 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 4

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water and have outdoor seating. After, walk or take a ferry to Brunel’s ss Great Britain, the world’s first luxury cruise liner, fully-restored to its Victorian splendour. 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 in 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 browse the independent shops before

having lunch at one of the many great eateries in Clifton Village. In the afternoon, say hello to the wildlife at Bristol Zoo Gardens or pop into the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. Next head to Park Street and Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill before exploring the galleries and latest exhibitions at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Visit the retailers in Bristol’s Shopping Quarter, including Harvey Nichols. Dress up for dinner at Bordeaux Quay on the Harbourside before a nightcap at Harveys Cellars or The Apple cider boat. 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. You may even get a chance to spray your own canvas in a Banksy style for the ultimate souvenir of your time in this wonderful city. For more ideas, go to www.visitbristol.co.uk visitbristol WWW.VISITBRISTOL.CO.UK

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3 days in Bristol

Clockwise: Cyclists ride under Clifton Suspension Bridge, the M Shed, Banksy’s Well Hung Lover, Mr Brunel and Bristol’s Cabot Circus

“Since arriving in Bristol I’ve quickly realised what a jewel in the West Country it is. I’ve had a walk around the Harbourside and have fallen in love with the place. So much history and everyone seems so friendly. Now I’m off for a cider!” Actor Warwick Davis

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2016 events

Events Some of the best exhibitions, events and festivals taking place throughout 2016. January Bristol Acoustic Music Festival Jane Eyre Slapstick Festival

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February BBC Radio 6 Music Festival Born and Raised in Bristol Hobbs Fashion Show Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory March Bristol Film Festival Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival Filmic Season Long Day’s Journey Into Night Taste Chocolate Festival Mamma Mia! April Bristol Folk Festival Bristol Food Connections The Bristol Improv Theatre Festival Long Day’s Journey Into Night Mamma Mia! UK Handmade Bicycle Show May Badminton Horse Trials Great Bristol 10K Bristol Old Vic 250th anniversary Bristol Walking Festival Contemporary Classical Music Weekend Crimefest Dot to Dot Festival 6

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Foodies Festival Love Saves the Day Mamma Mia! Mayfest Museums at Night VegFest Bristol June Bristol & Bath Festival of Nature Bristol BIG Green Week Bristol Comedy Garden Bristol Grand Prix Cycling Bristol Summer Series England v Sri Lanka, Royal London One-Day International Let’s Rock Bristol Refugee Week Skyride July Brisfest Bristol Americana Festival Bristol Harbour Festival Bristol Shakespeare Festival Cary Grant Festival Grillstock The Other Art Fair Pride Week Thai Festival Upfest August Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Redfest Watershed’s Roald Dahl Season

September Bristol Beer Week Bristol Biennial Great Bristol Half Marathon Bristol Open Doors Day Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival Tokyo World Weighting October Bristol Cocktail Week Black History Month Bristol Festival of Literature Billy Elliott Docks Heritage weekend Wildscreen Festival November Afrika Eye Film Festival Billy Elliott Christmas markets & events begin Exhibition highlights include Art from Elsewhere Briswool The Story of Children’s Television from 1946 to Today Death: The Human Experience John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea Rembrandt’s Self Portrait Check visitbristol.co.uk for full listings. visitbristol WWW.VISITBRISTOL.CO.UK

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2016 events

Clockwise: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the pride parade forms part of Pride Week, Bristol Harbour Festival, and Bristol Cocktail Week

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Bristol800

Bristol800 The city hosts an extensive programme of events to mark significant anniversaries taking place in 2016 Taking place throughout the year, Bristol800 aims to celebrate a variety of anniversaries taking place in 2016, as well as raise awareness and encourage debate about different aspects of the city. The programme is led by, among others, the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol Festival of Ideas, The Bristol Natural History Consortium and St George’s Bristol. The Lord Mayor’s Office, Bristol City Council in partnership with Bristol’s Guild of Guardians will be marking 800 years of Bristol’s governance, dating back to the installation of Roger Cordewaner as mayor in 1216. Bristol Old Vic will mark its 250th anniversary by hosting a year-round programme of productions from each of the four centuries of the theatre’s operation, alongside a Shakespeare play to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

Clockwise from this pic: Bristol Old Vic, RWA and St Georgeʼs Bristol

St George’s Bristol, meanwhile, will be celebrating its 40th birthday with 400 performances, including classical, world, jazz, folk, comedy, lectures and children’s activities. Other anniversaries include 65 years of the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 20 years of the Architecture Centre, the 25th anniversary of the death of author Angela Carter, the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the 500th

anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia. There will also be weekends marking Bristol’s relationship with the River Avon, the themes of flight and the love of the natural world, plus a showcase of work from the city’s two universities. Visit www.ideasfestival.co.uk/ seasons/bristol-800 for the latest news or the venues’ individual websites for details of their celebrations.

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“Many years ago the Harbourside was a gateway to the world and as far as I’m concerned it still is and always will be” Rick Wakeham, Captain of The Matthew 12

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THE HARBOURSIDE

Harbour Master No visit to Bristol is complete without relaxing in the city’s vibrant, historic Harbourside

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the museum of 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.

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• The best way to explore Bristol’s historic waterfront is on foot. There is a circular walk taking in attractions such as the ss Great Britain and Underfall Boatyard • If you’re getting around on two wheels, there are excellent shared cycle and footpaths on either side of the harbour • Catching a harbour ferry is a wonderful trip Find travel options at www.travelwest.info

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Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Attractions galore There is plenty of fun to pack into a Harbourside visit, including a ferry boat ride to Bristol’s multi-award-winning attraction, Brunel’s ss Great Britain Honorary Bristolian Isambard Kingdom Brunel is considered one of the most prolific figures in engineering history. One of his many engineering masterpieces, the ss Great Britain, was the world’s first great ocean liner and offers plenty to explore, from the sumptuous surrounds of the first-class dining saloon and the cramped bunks in steerage, to the iron hull under the glass ‘sea’ and the massive turning engine. Go Aloft! offers visitors the opportunity to climb the ship’s rigging and see Bristol from the yardarm. Free audio tours are available on board in different languages. Under the sea Learn more about life underwater at Bristol Aquarium, which is home to native and tropical 14

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marine and freshwater creatures from around the world, all living in naturally-themed habitats. Next door is At-Bristol Science Centre, where over 300 hands-on exhibits educate and entertain. Present a weather forecast, walk through a tornado or learn more about the stars in the UK’s only 3D Planetarium. The Harbourside is also home to many water sports including sailing, rowing and stand-up paddleboarding. Take a boat trip to explore this area from a different perspective (see page 63). You can learn more about Bristol past and present with one of the many guided walks in the area (see page 63 for more details) or enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in one of the area’s many venues (see page 19).

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Cultural highlights Internationally-renowned contemporary art rubs shoulders with the history and heritage of local people in the Harbourside’s thriving cultural attractions Bristol’s Harbourside renaissance began in the mid-1970s with the opening of Arnolfini, which has become an internationallyrenowned contemporary arts centre presenting dance, theatre, performance, literature, film, music and visual arts. The regeneration continued with the launch of Watershed in the 1980s. Both venues have helped to shape the creativity and innovation at the heart of Bristol’s cultural identity and are linked by Pero’s Bridge, opposite the Architecture Centre. Spike Island is a centre for the development of contemporary art and design and boasts a gallery and café. Seafaring One of the best ways to

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embrace Bristol’s maritime culture is by taking to the water. The Matthew is a replica of the boat sailed by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497. It was built in Bristol to mark the 500th anniversary of Cabot’s voyage. The history of Bristol can be further explored at M Shed, which shares the city’s amazing past through the objects and stories of the people who have made the place what it is today. Underfall Yard, a working boatyard at the western end of the Harbouside, is set to open a new visitor centre in spring 2016. Don’t miss the annual Bristol Harbour Festival in July, a free festival held all around the Harbourside.

Above: M Shed Below: The Matthew

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WHERE TO EAT & DRINK From pizza and steak to Asian street food, the Harbourside serves up a global platter of flavours There are many bars and restaurants located around the Harbourside. The Stable serves award-winning pizzas and more than 60 types of cider while locally brewed beer can be sampled at venues including the Grain Barge, Watershed Café Bar and No.1 Harbourside. Some of Bristol’s finest restaurants are found on the Harbourside including Bordeaux Quay, a brasserie, bar, deli, bakery and cookery school, and Steak of the Art, serving fine cuts in a gallery-style setting. The modern River Grille restaurant at The Bristol hotel offers fantastic views across the Harbourside, as does the UK’s largest restaurant, Za Za Bazaar, which dishes up a variety of buffet-style global cuisine WWW.VISITBRISTOL.CO.UK

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inspired by the atmosphere and buzz of Asia’s night markets. The waterside at Welsh Back makes a stunning setting for Glassboat, an elegant restaurant set on a converted barge, as well as Three Brothers Burgers and The Apple cider boat. Those cycling through the city should stop at Mud Dock Café and Cycleworks on The Grove for their excellent, seasonal food. Michelin-starred restaurant Casamia will relocate from Westbury-on-Trym to the former Bristol General Hospital on the Harbourside in early 2016 and there are more exciting announcements expected throughout the year.

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Bristol Tourist Information Centre Located on the Harbourside (next to Watershed), Bristol TIC offers maps, information and advice on planning a day out as well as selling tickets for tours, attractions and transport. There are also opportunities to buy great gifts including Banksy inspired memorabilia, classic travel prints, Bristol Blue Glass, work by local Bristol artists as well as a fascinating range of books inspired by the city’s culture and heritage.

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CITY CENTRE & OLD CITY

Central Perks The Old City and surrounding area offer culture, history and some of the best shopping in Bristol

A few minutes’ walk from the Harbourside, the Old City is bursting with character, its cobbled streets and alleyways lined with some of the city’s oldest buildings. Park Street Climb this mighty hill and find a variety of independent and high street 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 lovely local landmark that is free to enter and offers amazing views of the city. On nearby Great George Street is St George’s Bristol, one of Britain’s leading concert halls, and The Georgian House Museum, a restored 18thcentury six-storey townhouse. Red Lodge Museum, tucked away on Park Row, features an Elizabethan ‘Knot’ garden dating back to 1580. Enjoy a meal in Goldbrick House before strolling to the bottom of the road to see 22

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Banky’s Well Hung Lover opposite City Hall. On the other side of College Green is the magnificent Bristol Cathedral, which you’re welcome to enter and explore. Bristol Hippodrome stages West End shows, opera and comedy, while live music, comedy and more can be enjoyed at Colston Hall, Bristol’s largest concert venue. West End gay village There are a number of LGBT bars and clubs in the area including The Queenshilling, The Pineapple, Bent and OMG, all offering popular music nights and a vibrant atmosphere. Pride Week takes place in July.

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Christmas Steps This arts quarter comes complete with a museum, pubs, café, restaurants and shops, including the award-winning Bristol Cider Shop, the city’s specialist cider and perry store. A short walk up the hill, and well worth a visit, is awardwinning craft brewery and restaurant Zerodegrees. visitbristol WWW.VISITBRISTOL.CO.UK

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Clockwise from this pic: Park Street, St Nicholas Market, Bristol Cider Shop, Castle Park and St Peter’s Church, Bristol Grand Prix. Inset: Cabot Tower

“The welcoming yet mysterious atmosphere of St Nick’s market is unforgettable and quintessentially Bristolian. It captures the city’s unique combination of ancient history with an exploratory spirit which has been looking to the future for over 800 years” Tom Morris, Artistic Director Bristol Old Vic

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kings and queens Architecture and entertainment in equal doses are found on King Street and Queen Square King Street & Queen Square One of the most celebrated attractions in the Old City is the Bristol Old Vic, described by actor Daniel Day Lewis as “a sublimely beautiful theatre”. Located on King Street, it is the oldest continuously working theatre in the country and in 2016 celebrates its 250th birthday with some very special events (see page 9). It remains at the forefront of the Bristol arts scene, staging world-class productions and performances. King Street is also home to a number of bars and restaurants including the Old Duke – see page 26 for recommendations. The historical Queen Square offers a peaceful retreat in the 24

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heart of the city. It hosts events throughout the summer and is a great lunchtime picnic spot. Gothic masterpiece The name of Bristol’s central railway station, Temple Meads, derives from the nearby Temple Church, which was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and today has a tower that leans 1.6 metres out of the vertical. The nearby St Mary Redcliffe Church is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture that has been standing on this site for 800 years. It’s so striking that, in 1574, Queen Elizabeth I called it “the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England”.

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where to eat and drink Sample seriously good street food, enjoy proper pub grub, taste the best locally sourced dishes or book a table at some of the city’s finest dining establishments The striking, timber-built Llandoger Trow on King Street – believed to have been the inspiration for the Admiral Benbow in Treasure Island – dates back to 1664 and comes packed with myths and legends of pirates. Directly opposite is the Old Duke, famed for its live jazz nights and vibrant outdoor seating area shared with the Llandoger Trow. At the end of the road is The Apple cider boat, serving ciders and perries. A stone’s throw away is St Nicholas Market, home to a variety of food stalls including Bristol’s famous Pieminister pies, barbecue enthusiasts Grillstock,

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local produce haven Source Food Hall and Café, and falafel experts Eat A Pitta. St Nick’s also hosts various weekly food markets. Award-winning steak restaurant The Ox continues to receive rave reviews while Bistro du Vin, within the sumptuous Hotel du Vin, has an exceptional wine selection. Enjoy sherry and tapas at Harveys Cellars then head to The Rummer or atmospheric speakeasy the Milk Thistle for a late-night cocktail. On the edge of Queen Square, Graze Bar and Chophouse offers sophisticated British pub fare while Zerodegrees is the place to go for locally brewed beers and pizza.

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This pic: St Nicholas Market Below: Cabot Circus

city centre shopping Independent retailers rub shoulders with high-street names in the bustling Bristol Shopping Quarter and St Nicholas Market Bristol Shopping Quarter – specifically Broadmead, The Galleries and Cabot Circus – is home to over 500 stores from high-street names like Marks & Spencer and Primark to high-end department stores including Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser. From mid-November until late December, Bristol Shopping Quarter hosts the popular German-themed and local Christmas markets. St Nicholas Market has been around since the 1700s and was named by The Guardian as one of the top 10 markets in the UK with over 90 independents. In addition, there’s a farmers’ market every Wednesday selling local produce, a Friday Food Market and a Nails Market every Friday and Saturday, selling artwork, jewellery, vintage clothing and more. The Georgian market is often used as a film location. 28

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Old Market quarter Just a few minutes’ walk from Bristol Shopping Quarter you’ll find an independent and bohemian area packed with history. Old Market also has a friendly gay village with a 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

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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 the Trinity Centre or the Old Market Assembly, a new space 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 Retreat, the Palace and the Old Market Tavern.

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SACRED BRISTOL Explore some of the city’s unique history in these fascinating places of worship Bristol has a proud religious heritage with a wealth of churches and places of worship for visitors to enjoy. In addition to Bristol Cathedral (page 22) and St Mary Redcliffe (page 24), discover St John the Baptist, built into the original city walls, and St James Priory, the city’s oldest church, dating from 1129. John Wesley’s Chapel ‘The New Room’, located in Broadmead, is the oldest Methodist building in the world. Further Methodist Heritage trails can be found in nearby South Gloucestershire. The Lord Mayor’s Chapel on College Green, directly opposite Bristol Cathedral, is hidden away behind an unassuming entrance. For more information on places of worship and to find out about using the Sacred Land approach to explore how the buildings and layout of central Bristol reveal aspects of history and spiritual insight from across the centuries, visit www.visitbristol.co.uk Main image: St Mary Redcliffe Above left: St John’s Crypt

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Clockwise from this pic: Clifton Arcade, the colourful houses of Clifton, Clifton Suspension Bridge and the beautiful green spaces of the district. Inset: a lion at Bristol Zoo Gardens

“Do come. Bristol is a really lovely city. Especially if you like hills� Actor and comedian Matt Lucas

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Top of the Town Independent shops, fine dining and culture surrounded by wonderful gardens and Georgian architecture 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 best known for the Clifton Suspension Bridge, a stunning structure designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel which was completed in 1864. The bridge is free to walk and cycle across (cars chargeable) and offers magnificent views of the Avon Gorge. On the Leigh Woods side is a visitor centre which is open daily and tells the story of the bridge. The thriving hub of Clifton Village features pretty streets lined with boutiques and fine 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 year-round outdoor swimming, spa treatments and award-winning dining. Clifton is also home to Bristol Zoo Gardens, one of the world’s longest established and WWW.VISITBRISTOL.CO.UK

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well-respected zoos. Explore 12 acres of landscaped gardens and find over 400 species of exotic animals from around the globe. 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 borders the northern fringes of Clifton and is home to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden on the northern edge, as well as various annual events. It also boasts fantastic views of the Avon Gorge from the sea walls. Just across the Clifton Suspension Bridge is Ashton Court, a beautiful location for walking, jogging, golf, cycling and annual events, including the famous Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Hot-air balloon companies, such as Bristol Balloons and Bailey Balloons, offer flights from Ashton Court. Walk around the oak, small leaf lime and ash trees of Leigh Woods or abseil and climb the Avon Gorge with Adventurous Activity Company.

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Main image: Drinks on the terrace at the White Lion Bar Below: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

where to eat and drink Brilliant breakfasts, award-winning dinners and a proper taste of the West Country keep Clifton’s diners happy from morning ‘til night Modern British favourites are the order of the day at The Clifton Sausage and fine dining can be savoured at No.4 Clifton Village. Enjoying a drink in the sunshine on the terrace at the White Lion Bar, overlooked by the Clifton Suspension Bridge, is not to be missed. For a taste of the West Country head to The Coronation Tap for a range of cider including its exclusive press, Exhibition, or treat yourself to a taste of authentic Indian street food at Thali café. The River Cottage Canteen, housed in a beautiful 19thcentury church building on 38

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Whiteladies Road, serves fresh, seasonal and wild food. The Lido restaurant takes inspiration from the Mediterranean and Middle East. Meat lovers are spoilt for choice with Cowshed, CAU and The Ox, which specialise in quality steaks, or head to Las Iguanas Clifton Cocina for South American-inspired dishes. Down on The Triangle, call into Friska for a range of fresh dishes made using responsibly sourced ingredients, and end the night at Hyde & Co, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar famed for its fantastic drinks menu and cosy interior.

Art and culture Linking Bristol City Centre with The Downs is the lively mile-long Whiteladies Road, home to many bars, restaurants, cafés and shops. BBC Bristol is located here and offers behind-the-scenes tours. At the end of Whiteladies Road is Queen’s Road, home to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal West of England Academy, both of which welcome visiting exhibitions alongside their excellent permanent collections.

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Northern Soul Head north of the centre to find hip nightlife, independent traders and a bohemian vibe Stokes Croft Take a stroll around bohemian Stokes Croft to see some of Bristol’s best street art. Banksy’s famous Mild, Mild West takes pride of place along with hundreds of other interesting, beautiful and often thoughtprovoking pieces. The Cube Microplex on Dove Street is a cinema and arts venue, run by volunteers dedicated to presenting cinema, music, cabaret and more – visit their website for up-to-date listings. Some of the city’s most famous music clubs are based in the area, including Lakota and the Blue Mountain, and there is plenty of live music to be found in the many bars and pubs such as The Canteen, No.51 Stokes Croft and the Pipe and Slippers. Gloucester Road Just beyond the railway arches, Gloucester Road begins – reputedly the longest independent shopping street in Europe. Just off the main drag, St Andrews Park has children’s playgrounds and open spaces. 40

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Nearby Gloucestershire County Cricket Club hosts regular fixtures, including the England v Sri Lanka Royal London one-day international in 2016, and Bristol Rovers play their home fixtures at the Memorial Stadium. Where to eat & drink Both Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road are packed with a variety of venues, serving everything from Caribbean cuisine to vintage afternoon teas. In Stokes Croft you’ll find the spiritual home of popular pie purveyors Pieminster, Jamaican cuisine at Rice and Things, and Plantation, which serves authentic Caribbean fare. Exceptional tapas is on offer at Poco while the Runcible Spoon sources the best local produce. On Gloucester Road, Atomic Burger and Lona Grill and Juice Bar are great family-friendly spots or go for grown-up cocktails at Urban Standard or good beers at Bath Ales pub The Wellington. If you’re looking for live music, try The Gallimaufry and The Golden Lion.

• A great way to explore this area is under your own steam – on foot or by pedal power • This is one of the busiest routes into the city and is well served with frequent bus services Find travel options at www.travelwest.info

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Clockwise from top: exceptional tapas at Poco, Pieminister’s famous dish and Banksy’s Mild, Mild West

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Clockwise: children enjoy the activities at Upfest, murals are dotted around the area, Make Sundays Special closes the streets to cars to make way for play, and the Tobacco Factory. Inset: Windmill Hill City Farm

“Historically best known as the home of the country’s most important football club, Bedminster has shaken off the run-down reputation it used to have. Parts of it are still pretty scruffy, but it’s the sort of scruff where you’re never far away from a soy latte.” Mark Watson, comedian & author

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Southern Charm Take a saunter south of the river to find a range of independent shops, restaurants, bars and markets

Bustling and independent North Street offers an enviable mix of independent shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and markets. The Tobacco Factory Theatres stage Shakespeare, opera, Christmas shows, comedy, 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 and events Windmill Hill City Farm in Bedminster celebrates its 40th birthday in 2016. The farm is a voluntary community project that runs social, environmental and educational activities alongside seasonal events. Nearby Victoria Park has a wonderful children’s play area and offers great views of the city. Sports fans can get their fix WWW.VISITBRISTOL.CO.UK

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at Ashton Gate, home to Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby, while climbers of all abilities can visit state-of-the-art climbing centre, Redpoint, which is based in an old cinema. Each year North Street hosts Upfest, the largest urban art festival in Europe. Artists from across the globe come to show off their skills, which is one reason why North Street is also a fantastic outdoor gallery of amazing street art. Where to eat and drink The Old Bookshop on North Street, famed for its distinctive mural, serves up a delicious selection of small plates alongside regular gigs by local talents. Head to Souk Kitchen for Lebanese cuisine or locals’ favourite Mark’s Bread for seriously good baked treats. For brilliant breakfasts try the Lounge or Café Grounded or for pre-theatre dining, head to the Tobacco Factory Café Bar or the Thali Café next door for authentic Indian street food.

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Out and About Head away from the usual tourist hotspots to explore the city’s wealth of exciting, thriving neighbourhoods and suburbs Arnos Vale East of the city centre on the main A4 road towards Bath is Arnos Vale, 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, 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. Avon Valley Avon Valley Railway at Bitton 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 44

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months with companies including Avon River Cruises and Bristol Packet Boat Trips. St Mark’s Road St Mark’s Road is a small but thriving street in Easton. Popular with locals, you’ll find awardwinning restaurants, cafés, independent shops (including the Bristol Sweet Mart) and a thriving community feel. For easy access, use Stapleton Road train station. Fishponds and Frome Valley Fishponds Road is a thriving high street popular with locals. Oldbury Court, best accessed via Fishponds, is a beautiful and diverse estate, combining woodland and riverside paths with historic parkland and excellent children’s play facilities. Only

three miles from Bristol city centre, the estate is a great place for a family day out, featuring big green spaces and picnic areas, and is popular with walkers for its varied landscape and panoramic views. Beyond the parkland, you can follow the path down to the river Frome, where trails lead either towards Frenchay (home to the Glenside Hospital Museum) or, in the other direction, towards Snuff Mills, a picturesque and historic section of the Frome Valley Walkway, and on to Eastville Park where you’ll find the medieval Wickham Bridge. Blaise To the north of the city centre, Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate features a 19th-century mansion, set in 400 acres of parkland, and is home to the city’s social history collection. There is also a large outdoor children’s playground here. You can collect a key from Blaise castle to access the nearby Kings Weston Roman Villa. Pop across to the National Trust’s Blaise Hamlet, a charming collection of 19th-century cottages, all centred around a ‘village’ green complete with its own pump. visitbristol WWW.VISITBRISTOL.CO.UK

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• Taking a local bus when visiting a new city is a great way to get out to explore the suburbs • A BristolRider ticket can be bought on the bus and will give you a whole day’s travel on Bristol’s buses for a fixed price, irrespective of operator and no matter how many times you change buses • If you plan to travel further afield you can buy an AvonRider ticket to explore the wider West of England Find your travel options at www.travelwest.info

“Living outside of the centre of Bristol, in one of the ʻnon fashionableʼ areas, means you get to stumble on amazing things like the beauty and quiet of Arnos Vale cemetery, or have an individual glass blowing display at Bristol Blue Glass” Mark Olver, Bristol’s comedy godfather, local celebrity and international warm-up artist

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Country Life Market towns, quaint villages and rural splendour are ready to be explored on the fringe of Bristol

Market towns Picturesque medieval market towns and villages are dotted around the South Gloucestershire countryside. The area lies to the north and east of Bristol and is the gateway to the south Cotswolds. 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 castle is now a restaurant and luxury hotel that boasts the biggest bed in the UK. The High Street is filled with independent shops and gastropubs and 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 is characterised by medieval architecture and 17th-century Cotswold stone. The Tourist Information Centre is in the clock tower on the High Street. 46

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Traffic-free fun The countryside of South Gloucestershire is a glorious haven for walkers and cyclists with many traffic-free routes along the National Cycle Network. A popular route links Bristol and Bath along a disused railway path and passes through Warmley, with its historic signal box and tea gardens, and Bitton. In Bitton itself is Avon Valley Railway (on the A431 between Bristol and Bath), a restored train station that offers steam train rides throughout the year.

Take a friend and car share to get to some of the rural attractions. Explore the area by bus, or by bike on a leisure ride along the National Cycle Network. Find travel options at www.travelwest.info

Berkeley Just north of the district is the beautiful, historic Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, which dates back to 1117 and is still the home of the Berkeley family. Next to the castle is The Edward Jenner Museum, set within the Georgian home of the famous medical scientist who developed the smallpox vaccine. Nearby Cattle Country Adventure Park is a haven for families. visitbristol WWW.VISITBRISTOL.CO.UK

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“South Gloucestershire hugs North East Bristol, making it a perfect location for those who love to dip in and out of buzzing city life and beautiful rolling countryside” Noel Edmonds, TV presenter and resident of South Gloucestershire

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FAMILY ATTRACTIONS From birdwatching at Slimbridge to bouncing around the country’s largest indoor trampoline park, there’s plenty of family-friendly things to see and do The Wild Place Project is a fun, family attraction near Cribbs Causeway that provides adventure, play and learning while protecting threatened habitats around the globe. View cheetahs, wolves, zebra and more before testing your nerve on Leap of Faith. Grimsbury Farm in Kingswood, meanwhile, has a variety of animals, a playground, picnic area and café. Outdoor activities can also be enjoyed at Old Down Country Park with its adventure playground, range of wildlife and walled Victorian garden while the WWT Slimbridge

Wetlands Centre is home to water voles, waders and the world’s largest collection of swans, geese, ducks and flamingos. There are two trampoline parks in the area: Flip Out in Longwell Green and Airhop Bristol, the country’s largest. The Airhop Arena is filled with wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, courts and battle beams. Great for special occasions and suitable for children over five. Badminton Horse Trials, in May, is one of the most popular and prestigious events in the equestrian eventing calendar. It

takes place in the heart of the South Gloucestershire countryside, just half an hour from Bristol. Dyrham Park is a 17th-century grand baroque National Trust house. A treasure to explore, it’s surrounded by over 270 acres of countryside with a wild herd of fallow deer, gardens and a play area for children. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, located off the M4 motorway, is home to a stunning, internationally renowned tree collection. There is a restaurant, café and picnic area, as well as a shop.

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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. Chipping Sodbury farmers’ market is held every fortnight (every second and fourth Saturday) around the clock tower on the High Street, where shoppers can buy a range of fresh and very local produce. The towns themselves also have a range of independent boutiques.

From fine dining to rustic country pubs, there’s a wealth of restaurants, cafés and pubs to choose from across the towns and villages of South Gloucestershire and the South Cotswolds. The market towns offer several award-winning dining options including European cuisine at Ronnie’s in Thornbury, authentic Indian food at Romy’s Kitchen and sumptuous dining at Thornbury Castle, as well as Berwick Lodge and Alveston House nearby.

As you’d expect, there is a great collection of country pubs dotted across the region, including The Bull at Hinton and The Bowl at Almondsbury. While you’re in the area, call into the Bath Ales Brewery Shop in Warmley, just on the edge of Bristol, where bottles of the brewer’s popular tipples, including their award-winning Gem, casks and clothing can be bought. If you’re looking for some respite from your journey, The Aztec Hotel and Spa, Hilton Hotel and Holiday Inn Filton are all a short hop from the motorway and offer a bite to eat for weary travellers.

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Countryside & Coastline You don’t have to travel far from the city to find breathtaking coastlines, beautiful villages and charming seaside towns A super day out Great for good old-fashioned family days out, the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare boasts all the traditional treats: miles of sandy beach, donkeys, deckchairs, dodgems, a Marine Lake for paddling and boating, rock pools, an aquarium and a water adventure play park. The Grand Pier offers indoor theme park fun for all. In addition, you’ll find plenty of good food and refreshments 52

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in the seafront restaurants, all with enviable views. Weston hosts a full programme of events throughout the year, including a spectacular motorcycle beach race, illuminated carnival, two-day air show, food and real ale festivals, waterskiing championships and more. In 2015 Weston was the location for Banksy’s popular Dismaland and there is still plenty of street art in the town for visitors to enjoy.

• Frequent trains run from Bristol Temple Meads to Weston-super-Mare • Fast bus services run to Weston, Clevedon and Portishead • Travel across the region all day for a fixed price with an AvonRider bus ticket Find travel options at www.travelwest.info

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SCENIC AND PICTURESQUE Explore green spaces, historic places and local myths and legends in rural North Somerset The charming Victorian seaside town of 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. There are seafront cafés with amazing views, an excellent independent shopping area and the Curzon Cinema, the oldest continuously working cinema in the UK. Six-miles north is Portishead, with a 250-berth marina, featuring a public arts trail and Lake Grounds, which is home to an open-air pool and a boating lake. Try the Clevedon coastal path to Portishead, the Strawberry Line between Yatton and Cheddar, part of the West Mendip Way and the National Trust’s Sand Point coastal path at Sand Bay. Find cycling maps online or at the Tourist Information Centre.

The rolling hills of North Somerset’s Ashton Court Estate are just across Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge, providing a perfect space for cycling, walking and picnicking. It also hosts many annual events including the popular Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Nearby is the diverse and tranquil Leigh Woods, in which you can follow designated pathways through oak, small leaf lime and ash forest and former woodland pasture. There are many rural attractions just on the outskirts of Bristol including Tyntesfield, a National Trust-owned Victorian gothic house and grounds. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall is home to a huge variety of animals from elephants, giraffes and white rhinos to donkeys and sheep. It also has as an indoor animal village, 12 play areas and covered animal show pens.

Puxton Park, near to the M5 at Weston-super-Mare, has an adventure park, miniature railway, miniature golf, dairy, farm shop and more. Oakham Treasures, meanwhile, is a vast and unique collection of memorabilia from the last century, including fully-stocked shops and farm machinery. Dinosaurs and caves Out into the glorious Mendips near Wells, visitors can explore Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions, wander through the prehistoric valley of the dinosaurs and meet the Witch of Wookey. Nearby is Cheddar Gorge with its spectacular caves and attractions. Further south find West Somerset Railway and the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

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where to eat and drink Charming country pubs, stylish restaurants and even a vineyard or two in the towns and villages of North Somerset Restaurants, cafés and bars in the bustling towns of Weston-super-Mare, Portishead and Clevedon serve up dishes to suit all tastes and budgets. Ethical cuisine in the North Somerset countryside is served at The Ethicurean at Barley Wood Walled Garden in Wrington while Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill at Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House Hotel & Spa in Congresbury offers diners exquisite food in a stylish but relaxed environment.

In Chew Magna you will find the Michelin-starred Pony & Trap, home to chef Josh Eggleton, offering everything from wellpriced pub classics to intricate multi-course tasting menus. The pub champions a ‘field to fork’ ethos, serving food sourced as locally as possible. The celebrity chef is also behind Salt & Malt fish café, tea room and take away beside the water at Chew Valley Lake. At the foot of the Mendips, in nearby Redhill, is Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard, which produces award-winning wines.

“Bristol is a city full of great restaurants and local producers with really inspirational chefs and artisans. Our pub, The Pony & Trap, and tearoom and fish café, Salt & Malt, are both based in the Chew Valley which is some of the most beautiful countryside in the country. Make sure you take in the view over Dundry on your drive back into the city – one of the best parts of my day” Josh Eggleton, Chef Patron of The Pony & Trap and co-founder of Salt & Malt

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“The best way to enjoy a day out to Bath is by cycling along the Bristol and Bath Railway Path. It’s one of the first routes Sustrans created and is still one of the most popular. It’s a joy to travel between these two magnificent cities under your own steam and soak up the beautiful countryside” John Grimshaw, founder of Bristol-based walking and cycling charity Sustrans

Clockwise: The city’s streets are lined with boutiques and cafés, Bath Christmas Market by night, Thermae Bath Spa, a leisurely cruise along the Kennet & Avon Canal, and the Royal Crescent. Inset: a statue at the Roman Baths.

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Dive into Bath! Visitors flock to the World Heritage City for its gorgeous Georgian architecture and vibrant visitor attractions

Compact and picturesque Just 12 miles east of Bristol is the World Heritage City of Bath, accessible by road, rail or the popular Bristol to Bath cycling path, one of the most successful cycling routes in the country. Bath makes an ideal day trip as part of a short break in Bristol, and the surrounding countryside is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. With its compact central area, you can explore all the attractions of Bath on foot, including the famous Roman Baths – one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world – stunning 18th-century architecture and the renovated SouthGate shopping area, home to a range of high street brands including All Saints and Debenhams. Culture vulture The city’s Georgian streets are lined with boutique shops, cafés and restaurants, and a variety of museums are dotted throughout the city. The Jane Austen Centre WWW.VISITBRISTOL.CO.UK

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celebrates Bath’s famous resident and offers an insight into what life was like during Regency times. The Fashion Museum is one of the world’s finest museums of contemporary and historical dress and illustrates how fashion has evolved over the past 400 years. Art and exhibitions The Holburne Museum has a fine collection of art as well as regular temporary exhibitions throughout the year while the restored No.1 Royal Crescent shows what life was like for wealthy residents and their servants in the 18th century. On the outskirts of the city, at Claverton Manor, the American Museum in Britain takes you through a history of America from the early settlers to the present day. And finally, no visit to Bath 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.

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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. 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. Air Bristol Airport is approximately 25 minutes from central Bristol and offers direct scheduled flights from across Europe and connections worldwide. Bristol Flyer express bus runs a frequent service from the airport to 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.

Clockwise: Bristol’s Floating Harbour, a Bristol blue taxi and cyclists on a traffic-free Portway. Right: Bristol Insight bus tours.

Bus There are several bus operators in Bristol and the surrounding area. Full route maps, timetables and tickets are available at the Tourist Information Centre (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 There are regular ferries around the Harbourside. See pages 6465 for ferry landing locations. Taxi Hackney carriage taxis are painted in Bristol blue and can 62

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be picked up at ranks across the city or hailed on the street. There are also private hire companies operating in the city.

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 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 end of the Bristol and

Accessibility 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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Guided and self-guided tours Bus 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. 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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Cycling Cycle the City offer themed tours such as the River Avon Amble, Bristol’s Ale Trail and Lost Bristol Harbour Tour. The Adventurous Activity Company run 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 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. Where The Wall Street Art Tours take place on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings and last two hours, taking in a mixture of the latest cutting-edge works, combined with some

classic Banksy. Tickets for all 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 Tourist Information Centre 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.

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City Centre

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

DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol City Centre

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

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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. Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

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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 ★★★★

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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. 07

Hotel du Vin & Bistro

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The Sugar House, Narrow Lewins Mead, BS1 2NU 0117 925 5577, www.hotelduvin.com • Luxury boutique hotel and bistro housed in a beautifully restored sugar house from the 1700s.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol

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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. The Avon Gorge Hotel

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Hampton by Hilton Bristol City Centre, Bond Street, Bristol BS1 3LQ 0117 9446 888, www.hamptonbristol.co.uk • Contemporary 186-bedroom hotel located just minutes from Cabot Circus shopping centre and Bristol’s vibrant nightlife. Rock & Bowl Motel

Sion Hill, Clifton, BS8 4LD 0117 973 8955 www.theavongorge.com • Located in Clifton village with grand views of Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. Fabulous hotel, bar and restaurant. Ibis Bristol Temple Meads

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22 Nelson Street, BS1 2LE 0117 325 1979 www.rocknbowlmotel.com • A lively backpackers' hostel situated in the city centre with bar, bowling alley and pizzeria. Private rooms through to mixed dorms. YHA Bristol

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Avon Street, BS2 0PS 0117 319 9001 / www.ibis.com • Hotel located close to Temple Meads railway station, offering modern rooms, up-to-date facilities and highest standard of bedding comfort.

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Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA, 0845 371 9726, Bristol@yha.org.uk • A former waterfront grain house, this Youth Hostel has been sympathetically restored to offer relaxed cosmopolitan surroundings, ideal for a cheap city break or weekend away.

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Pensford, Nr Bristol, BS39 4BA 01761 490281 www.leighfarmholidays.co.uk • Self-catering terraced bungalows on working farm near to village, pubs and main bus routes. Bristol 7 miles, Bath 8 miles.

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Bristol Rd, Chew Stoke, BS40 8UB 01275 333 143 www.orchardhouse-chewstoke.co.uk • Comfortable self-catering and B&B accommodation in beautiful Chew Valley near Bristol, Bath and Wells.

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Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke Bristol BS32 4JF 01454 201 144 / www.hilton.com/bristol • Close to the motorway, ideally situated for both leisure and business. 161 en-suite bedrooms. Thornbury Castle

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Alveston, Bristol, BS35 2LA 01454 415 050 www.alvestonhousehotel.co.uk • Privately-owned 29-bedroom hotel specialising in weddings and functions with award-winning AA Rosette restaurant.

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Filton Road, Hambrook, BS16 1QX 0871 942 9014 www.hibristolfiltonhotel.co.uk • Set in 11 acres of land near UWE, the hotel offers a peaceful stay within easy reach of Bristol city centre. Fern Cottage B&B

Thornbury Castle, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, BS35 1HH 01454 281182, www.thornburycastle.co.uk • Tudor castle on the edge of the Cotswolds. A luxurious retreat combining 500-year-old architecture with sumptuous facilities. Alveston House Hotel

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

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Berwick Drive, Bristol, BS10 7TD 0117 958 1590, www.berwicklodge.co.uk • Luxurious boutique hotel and restaurant set in 18 acres of gardens and woodland on the outskirts of Bristol. 2 AA Rosette restaurant.

For more places to stay, go to www.visitbristol.co.uk/accommodation or contact the Tourist Information Centre on 0906 711 2191 (calls charged at 50p per minute plus network extras) or by email ticharbourside@destinationbristol.co.uk Where ratings are shown, these have been awarded via an independent assessment by either the AA or VisitEngland. More about these schemes and other accreditation programmes are available at www.visitbristol.co.uk

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48 hours in Bristol

48 Stunden in Bristol Willkommen in Bristol! Hier finden Sie ein paar Tipps dazu, wie Sie zwei schöne Tage in der Stadt verbringen können.

Tag 1 Beginnen Sie den Tag mit einer Tasse Kaffee im Hafenviertel (Harbourside) und besuchen Sie M Shed (ein Museum, das die Geschichte Bristols erzählt), bevor Sie sich die neuesten Ausstellungen im Arnolfini Arts Centre ansehen, Europas führendem Zentrum für moderne Kunst. Zum Mittagessen empfehlen wir das Watershed oder The Stable, beide mit wunderbarem Blick über das Wasser. Es geht weiter zu Fuß oder per Bahn zum ersten Luxusdampfschiff der Welt – die ss Great Britain, entworfen von dem legendären Ingenieur Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Wandern Sie die Park Street zum Brandon Hill mit dem malerischen Cabot Tower empor und erkunden Sie anschließend die neuesten Ausstellungen in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Beenden Sie den Tag ganz entspannt – buchen Sie eine Spa-Behandlung oder Massage im Lido mit seinem historischen Freibad, und genießen Sie ein Dinner dort oder im SchwesterRestaurant The Glassboat.

Tag 2 Beginnen Sie den Tag in Clifton mit der spektakulären Hängebrücke und den vielen kleinen Geschäften, bevor Sie ein Mittagessen im Bridge Café des Avon Gorge Hotel genießen. Am Nachmittag können Sie im Bristol Zoo Gardens die Tiere besuchen, durch den botanischen Garten der Bristol University wandern, Straßenkunst entdecken oder die Geschäfte im Einkaufsviertel (darunter Harvey Nichols) durchstreifen. Werfen Sie sich in Schale für

ein Abendessen im Bordeaux Quay am Hafen und gönnen Sie sich zur Abrundung einen GuteNacht-Drink im Harvey Cellars oder Apple Cider Boat. Bevor Sie Bristol wieder verlassen, sollten Sie unbedingt die fantastische Straßenkunst in Stadtteilen wie North Street in Bedminster und Stokes Croft erkunden. Für weitere Anregungen zu Aktivitäten sowie den besten Bars, Restaurants und Hotels in Bristol besuchen Sie visitbristol.co.uk (auch auf Deutsch).

Clifton Suspension Bridge

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48 hours in Bristol

48 horas en Bristol ¡Bristol te da la bienvenida! Aquí te dejamos nuestras recomendaciones para disfrutar a tope de dos días en la ciudad:

Primer día Tómate un café en el puerto y entra en M Shed, un museo que narra la historia de Bristol, antes de visitar una de las fantásticas exposiciones del Arnolfini, el centro de arte contemporáneo más destacado de toda Europa. Para almorzar tienes el Watershed o The Stable, ambos con vistas al mar. Después, date un paseo andando o en ferry hasta el navío SS Great Britain, el primer barco de crucero de lujo del mundo, diseñado por Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Después, explora Park Street y Cabot Tower o Brandon Hill antes de ver las exposiciones permanentes e itinerantes del Museo y Galería de Arte de Bristol. Pon punto final a tu primer día con una sesión de relajación: haz una reserva de spa, date un masaje y disfruta de la buena mesa en la piscina al aire libre del Lido, o en su restaurante hermano, The Glassboat. Segundo día Pon rumbo a Clifton para ver el puente colgante y echar un

Bristol graffiti

vistazo a sus muchas tiendecitas, antes de comer en el Bridge Café del hotel Avon Gorge. Por la tarde, date una vuelta por los Jardines Zoológicos de Bristol, adéntrate en el Jardín Botánico de la Universidad de Bristol, empápate del arte callejero de la ciudad o visita las grandes tiendas del distrito comercial de Bristol, como Harvey Nichols Ponte tus mejoras galas para cenar en Bordeaux Quay, en el

puerto, y ya de retirada, tomar una copa en Harvey Cellars o en la sidrería flotante The Apple. Y no te vayas sin ver las fabulosas obras de arte callejero que ocupan diversas zonas de la ciudad, como North Street, en Bedminster, y Stokes Croft. Si necesitas más inspiración para encontrar cosas que hacer, sitios para comer y beber, o lugares donde alojarte en Bristol, visita visitbristol.co.uk (disponible también en español).

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48 hours in Bristol

48 heures A Bristol Bienvenue à Bristol! Voici nos recommandations pour profiter au mieux de votre séjour de deux jours à Bristol.

Premier Jour Allez prendre un café le long du Harbourside et visitez le M Shed, musée sur l’histoire de la ville, avant d’aller découvrir la dernière exposition de l’Arnolfini, galerie d’art contemporaine européenne. Déjeunez au Watershed ou au pub The Stable, les deux se situant le long des quais. Ensuite, marchez ou prenez un ferry pour vous rendre au ss Great Britain, premier paquebot de luxe au monde, conçu par Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Après cela, baladez-vous dans Park Street et grimpez jusqu’à la Cabot Tower qui se trouve au sommet du parc Brandon Hill, avant d’aller explorer les expositions en cours au Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Offrez-vous un peu de détente pour clore cette journée bien remplie : réservez un spa, un massage ou un repas gastronomique dans une piscine extérieure, au restaurant Lido ou chez son petit frère, The Glassboat.

de Clifton pour y découvrir le fameux Pont Suspendu de la ville (Clifton Suspension Bridge) ainsi que les nombreuses boutiques du Clifton Village avant de prendre un déjeuner à la terrasse du Café de l’Hôtel Avon Gorge. Dans l’après-midi, allez à la rencontre du monde animalier du Zoo de Bristol, faites un saut au jardin botanique de l’université de Bristol (University of Bristol Botanic Garden), découvrez les graffitis qui ont fait la renommée de la ville et passez la porte de Harvey Nichols ainsi que les nombreuses autres boutiques du centre commercial de Bristol.

Aller dîner au restaurant le Bordeaux Quay situé sur le Harbourside avant de prendre un dernier verre chez Harvey Cellars ou sur le bateau The Apple, réhabilité en pub proposant un très large choix de cidres. Avant votre départ, ne manquez pas de faire un détour dans les quartiers de Southville (notamment dans la rue de North Street) ou de Stokes Croft. Pour de plus amples suggestions d’activités, d’endroits où manger et boire, où se loger à Bristol, rendez-vous sur visitbristol. co.uk (également disponible en français).

Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Second Jour Partez à la découverte du quartier

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48 ore a Bristol Benvenuti a Bristol! Ecco i nostri consigli per trascorrere al meglio due giorni nella nostra città

Primo giorno Iniziate la giornata con un caffè all’Harbourside, la zona del porto, e visitate il museo M Shed, che racconta la storia di Bristol. Proseguite con una visita all’Arnolfini, il più avanzato centro europeo di arte contemporanea. Pranzo al Watershed o The Stable – entrambi affacciati sull’acqua. Dopo pranzo fate una passeggiata o prendete un traghetto per raggiungere il piroscafo ss Great Britain, progettato da Isambard Kingdom Brunel, la prima nave da crociera di lusso al mondo, poi dirigetevi a Park Street e Cabot Tower su Brandon Hill prima di esplorare le gallerie d’arte e le ultime mostre al Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Concludete la vostra giornata di esplorazione con un meritato relax – godetevi un trattamento termale, un massaggio e delizie gastronomiche presso il Lido Spa & Restaurant, con piscina all’aperto, o il ristorante gemello Glassboat. Secondo giorno Dirigetevi a Clifton per ammirare il famoso Suspension Bridge, il

ponte sospeso, e le boutique; pranzo al Bridge Café dell’Avon Gorge Hotel. Nel pomeriggio fate una visita alla fauna selvatica nel Giardino Zoologico di Bristol, date uno sguardo al Giardino Botanico dell’University of Bristol, ammirate la street art locale o visitate le rivendite dello Shopping Quarter di Bristol, compreso il grande magazzino Harvey Nichols. Vestitevi eleganti per la cena al

Bordeaux Quay sull’Harbourside e poi per un digestivo all’Harvey Cellars o The Apple Cider Boat, una chiatta convertita. Prima di partire non vi perdete la straordinaria street art visibile in varie zone della città, fra cui North Street a Bedminster e Stokes Croft. Troverete ulteriori suggerimenti per attività, posti di ristoro e alloggi al sito visitbristol.co.uk (disponibile anche in italiano).

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欢迎参观布里斯托! 以下是我们推荐的最佳二日游内容。 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 (阿诺费尼)欣赏最新 的艺术展。在水滨餐馆 Watershed (转折点)或 The Stable (马厩)享用 午餐。 午餐后,可以步行或乘渡船 去参观布鲁莱尔的 ss Great Britain (大不列颠号), 由伊桑巴德 金德姆 布鲁内 尔设计的世界第一艘豪华游 轮。 然后,前往 Brandon Hill (布兰顿山)的 Park Street (派克街)和 Cabot Tower (卡伯特塔)。 然 后,前去探索布里斯托博物 馆和艺术馆,欣赏艺术和最 新展览。 在Lido (丽都)室外游泳 池做水疗, 按摩, 然后在 Glassboat(玻璃船)餐馆享 用美食。在休闲轻松的气氛 中结束一天。 第二天 前往克利夫顿参观悬索大桥 和独立店铺。在 Avon Gorge 酒店的 Bridge Café 享用 午餐。

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下午,到布里斯托动物园花 园观看野生动物,到布里斯 托大学植物园观赏植物, 欣赏该市的街头艺术或到零 售区购物。哈维·尼克斯 (Harvey Nichols)在此有 一家店(接受中国银联卡)。 除了汇集世界美食之外,布 里斯托还有多家获奖的餐 馆。 在您离开之前,千万别忘了

参观不同地区精彩的街头艺 术,包括 Bedminster (贝德敏斯特)的 North Street (北街)和 Stokes Croft。 有关布里斯托活动,餐饮 和酒店的更多信息,请访 问 visitbristol.co.uk ( 该网站有德文版,法文版, 西班牙文版,意大利文版 和中文版)

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Bristol Official Visitor Guide 2016  

The official guide to the UK's most innovative, creative and unorthodox city.

Bristol Official Visitor Guide 2016  

The official guide to the UK's most innovative, creative and unorthodox city.