2019 OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE
EATING & DRINKING / ANNUAL EVENTS / AREA GUIDES / HANDY MAPS
WELCOME TO BRISTOL Inspiration Food & drink – experiences & events ................ 5 Film & TV – events, tours & locations ................ 8 Bristol's music scene – live music & festivals ....... 9 Theatre & exhibitions – what's on .................. 11 Shopping – boutique to high street ................. 13 Sport – where to watch & play ..................... 15 Unmissable Bristol events ............................. 16
Bristol by area I am pleased to welcome you to our lively and diverse city. Bristol is an outward-looking city that’s open to all, which is why we attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year to our great range of activities, sights and family-friendly events. There are many things which make Bristol special: from the people who live here to the place itself, and at the heart of it is our cultural diversity and independent spirit. 91 different languages are spoken in the city and our many vibrant local communities play important roles in defining our identity. Bristol prides itself on being an inclusive place – one which works hard to address the challenges of city life. We are also leading the way with highly productive creative and tech sectors and our many innovative city projects reflect our independent flair and entrepreneurial spirit. I hope you enjoy your visit. Marvin Rees Mayor of Bristol
Harbourside .............................................. Central, Old City & Park Street ..................... Clifton ...................................................... Stokes Croft ............................................... Southville & Bedminster ................................ Gloucester Road ........................................ Old Market & St Marks Road ....................... Blaise, Fishponds & Frome Valley ................... Arnos Vale ................................................
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Beyond Bristol South Gloucestershire & the South Cotswolds ....... 44 North Somerset .......................................... 50 Bath ......................................................... 54
Useful info Getting to Bristol ........................................ Getting around Bristol .................................. Tours ........................................................ Map ........................................................ Translated pages ........................................
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Written and 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 2018. Destination Bristol is a company limited by guarantee and controlled by Bristol City Council. Design: The Group of Seven. Cover illustration: Jon Trace. All images: Visit Bristol except where credited.Printing: Ancient House Press Plc.
FOOD & DRINK THIRSTY
More than 15 independent breweries, all producing quality craft ales, makes Bristol one of the UK’s best beer cities. Local brewers, Moor Beer and Bristol Beer Factory offer tap rooms and tours, and you can look behind the scenes at Bath Ales and Butcombe. Take in a round of breweries on a beer-themed tour by boat, bus or on foot with Bristol Hoppers or Bristol Brewery Tours. There’s a Bristol Craft Beer Festival in June – there’s even a Bristol Brewery School. And for legendary pubs oozing with history, the Old City’s cobbled King Street is the heart of Bristol’s ‘Beermuda Triangle’.
JOHN BLACKWELL / A PATTENDEN
Gin lovers will not be disappointed , with tours of the artisan distillery at 6 O’Clock Gin, and the opportunity to create your own with Psychopomp. You can enjoy a taste of West Country at the Bristol Cider Shop. Look out for their tutoured tastings and cider-related events, especially Bristol Cider Salon. There is an exciting event programme at the historic and innovative Averys wine cellars. Bristol is also a great destination for coffee. There are award wining roasters in the city and in September, The Coffee House Project is a festival dedicated to a great cup of Joe. Pictured from top: refined dining at Casamia and a proper pint courtesy of Butcombe Brewing Company
Bristol is one of the UK’s most diverse and inventive food destinations – big on street food, local markets, ethically-sourced and seasonal ingredients, vegan restaurants, world cuisines and awardwinning independents. The city was proclaimed a ‘Foodie Hotspot’ by the Good Food Guide which recently credited Bristol with the highest number of new entries of any city outside London. The number of Michelin-starred restaurants grows apace with a culinary hotlist that ranges from gastropub nosh at the Pony and Trap to refined dining at Casamia. Three-star members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association include sisters No. 1 Harbourside and the Canteen. Annual food festivals include the on-the-pulse British Dal Festival in February and Food Connections in June: the 12-day community festival sums up the collaborative nature of Bristol’s food culture with an epic collection of small events.
FILM & TELEVISION
BBC & MAMMOTH SCREEN / AARDMAN ANIMATIONS
A UNESCO City of Film, Bristol is home to the BBC Natural HIstory Unit, Aardman Animations and world-class festivals CINEMA AND EVENTS Bristol hosts a diverse programme of film festivals and events at venues including Watershed cinema and alternative microplex, The Cube. It all kicks off in January with star-studded Slapstick, the world’s biggest festival of silent-movie comedy. Others include Afrika Eye, Bristol Bad Film Club (so bad, it’s good) and the year-long Bristol Film Festival which presents vintage classics in unusual locations (caves, wine vaults and Bristol Cathedral among others). September’s Encounters Festival is the longest-running competitive short film and animation festival in the UK, a qualifier for the Oscars and a great place to discover new talent. The annual Cinema Rediscovered Festival offers a chance to discover some of the finest new digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities from across the globe on the big screen. ON LOCATION One of the UK’s most successful film studios, The Bottle Yard, is located in the city, and consequently Bristol’s diverse architecture and landscapes often have starring roles on screen. Look out for locations in TV favourites including Sherlock, Doctor Who, Wolf Hall and Poldark together with many films – most recently The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Stan and Ollie. Discover more at visitbristol.co.uk/film-and-tv
From top: This scene from BBC One series Poldark was shot at the city's Bottle Yard Studios, and Aardman Animations' adored duo Wallace and Gromit celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2019
From left: Love Saves the Day and Thekla
MUSIC Bristol’s live music scene offers festivals, gigs on boats and open mics
KHRIS COWLEY FOR HERE & NOW / THEO COTTLE
There is little doubt that Bristol is a fascinating and eclectic musical city. Perhaps best known for the nineties sound dubbed ‘trip hop’ that included Massive Attack and Roni Size, Bristol bands are again at the forefront with The Idles’ Act of Resistance named 2018 Album of the Year by BBC 6 Music. The city is bursting with venues hosting bands and DJs – pubs and bars including Crofter’s Rights, Mothers Ruin and Gloucester Road’s Golden Lion showcase the best in local talent, and iconic venues Fiddlers, The Fleece, Thekla, The Exchange and The Louisiana have a great year-round programme. It’s also worth checking out local record shops, especially Rough Trade and Longwell Records for live gigs. While Colston Hall, Bristol’s largest concert hall, will reopen its main auditoria in 2020, they are still programming across their own foyer and venues around the city.
Well-known bands regularly play at the 02 Academy, SWX and Trinity, with Ashton Gate Stadium welcoming Muse, Rod Stewart, Take That and the Spice Girls in 2019. There is a huge range of music festivals too: June’s Bristol Sounds and September’s Downs Festival welcome big-name acts, Tokyo World has an eclectic line-up at the forefront of modern music, and Love Saves the Day presents a diverse range of genres and music styles with highend stage designs, top-tier acts and DJs. St George’s Bristol welcomes jazz, folk, world and classical artists from across the globe, and hosts an annual Keyboard Festival in November. It's also one of the main venues for the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival in March. Look out for Bristol Swing Festival in April, Valley Fest in Chew Magna in August and the Filmic Season, exploring the creative connections between film and music.
THEATRE & EXHIBITIONS From blockbuster musicals and cutting-edge plays to world-class collections and dynamic exhibitions, Bristol's theatres, museums and galleries keep visitors and residents entertained all year round
THEATRE Bristol Old Vic, the longest continuously running theatre in the English-speaking world, aims to inspire audiences with its own original productions while nurturing the next generation of artists. 2019 will see the triumphant return of Touching the Void, previously a sell-out success. Tobacco Factory Theatres produces and presents an impressive roster of exciting shows including Shakespeare plays, pop-up opera, comedy, puppetry and dance in unique, industrial spaces.
EXHIBITIONS Exhibition highlights for 2019 include Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (2 February-2 May), featuring 12 of the artist’s drawings. Bristol’s oldest gallery, The Royal West of England Academy (RWA), aims to be the South West’s leading centre for the visual arts with international shows including this year’s Albert Irvin and Abstract Impressionism (until 3 March) and the RWA Sculpture Open Exhibition (16 March-2 June). At the M Shed on the Harbourside, don’t miss Tattoo: British Art Revealed (16 March-16 June) and On Set with Aardman: Making Early Man (6 July-29 September), showing the creative skills of the Bristol-based animation team behind the movie. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition runs from October to March every year.
With West End musicals, touring blockbusters, familyfriendly productions and an annual panto, The Bristol Hippodrome is a great all-round theatre. Matilda, Kinky Boots and Annie are all on the bill for 2019. In Clifton, the Redgrave Theatre presents family classics like Aladdin alongside shows from highly-acclaimed standup comedians and ‘intimate’ evenings with esteemed figures. For wacky, raucous comedy and improv, head to The Old Market Assembly’s tiny Wardrobe Theatre.
This picture: Bristol Old Vic. Top: the Royal West of England Academy
SHOPPING DESTINATIONS 10 11
MORGANE BIGAULT / GILES ROCHOLL PHOTOGRAPHY / PAUL BOX
Use our map to discover the wealth of markets, independents and high-street stores Bristol has to offer 1 Cabot Circus All sorts of amazing shops, restaurants and entertainment under one dramatic shell-shaped roof. 2 Quakers Friars High-end shopping around a European-style piazza. 3 The Arcade Explore a Grade II-listed Victorian shopping arcade with boutique shops and cafes. 4 Broadmead This pedestrianised street is your one-stop shop for high-street names like Marks & Spencer and Primark. 5 The Galleries More than 80 stores with a great family-friendly Food Court. 6 St Nicholas Markets St Nickâ€™s glasscovered market has over 90 independents. Its other markets include the Nails Market and St Nicholas Night Market.
Park Street & The Triangle
Vintage shops and independent labels. 8 Harbourside Market Foodies and makers meet along the Harbourside (Weds & Thurs 12-2.30pm, Sat & Sun 11am4pm) to sell clothing, books, art and more. 9 Clifton Village Pretty Georgian streets lined with boutiques plus a restored Victorian arcade housing bijou stores. 10
The longest independent shopping street in Europe is known for its buzzing cafes, greengrocers and pubs. 11
The Mall At Cribbs Causeway
This shopping centre houses over 150 shops including department stores, highstreet favourites, restaurants and cafes.
SPORT Bristol also has a huge range of sporting activities on offer for spectators and participants GOLF
Home to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Bristol has a fascinating cricket heritage. The 2019 ICC World Cup will host matches in the city, with league and other international fixtures at the Brightside Ground. FOOTBALL AND RUGBY
Bristol has two professional football teams: Bristol Rovers and Bristol City. City play home fixtures at Ashton Gate Stadium, which is also the home of Premiership rugby’s Bristol Bears. FA Women’s Super League side, Bristol City WFC, play in north Bristol.
The region's many excellent courses include the Kendleshire and Tracy Park. You can play at Ashton Court, try Foot Golf or Disc Golf or visit InPlay Golf, one of the few golf simulation centres in the UK. CYCLING
As the UK’s first cycling city, Bristol offers bike hire, trails and off-road tracks. Look out for cycling events through the year and even food tours by bike. BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS
The Bristol Flyers are a professional basketball club competing in the nation's top tier, with home fixtures played at SGS Wise Arena. CLIMBING
The Adventurous Activity Company can help you tackle the stunning natural landscapes and Bristol’s indoor climbing centres offer the chance to climb whatever the weather. You can even climb the rigging at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
The world's premier three-day event takes place in rural South Gloucestershire, welcoming competitors from across the globe. ROAD RACES
The Great Bristol Half Marathon (September) and 10K (May) take place annually, welcoming runners from across the world.
Explore the city by water: stand-up paddle-boarding, sailing, rowing and kayaking are all available.
From top: Bristol City fans celebrate at Ashton Gate Stadium and spectators enjoy a day at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
EVENTS You’ll find a festival or event dedicated to everything from swing to cycling and cricket to crime. For the most up-to-date information on what’s happening in Bristol this year, see www.visitbristol.co.uk
12-23 JUNE BRISTOL FOOD CONNECTIONS
A week when food takes over the city, shining a light on all the great people, businesses and organisations that make Bristol’s food culture so uniquely independent and creative.
PAUL BOX / MARTINS KIKULIS / PAUL BLAKEMORE / MANUEL @ DARC.MEDIA / FIGURENTHEATER TUBINGEN
ALL YEAR ROUND VERY BRISTOL EVENTS!
St Paul's Carnival
Start the year with a laugh at the Slapstick Comedy Festival in January, go green at the Festival of Nature in June, dance in the streets at St Paul’s Carnival in July, peak into buildings at Doors Open Days in September and join the 30th anniversary celebrations of Wallace and Gromit in autumn. Stay connected with what's going on throughout the year at www.visitbristol.co.uk
19-21 JULY BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL
This annual free dance, music and arts extravaganza returns for a weekend of family activities, music, circus, food markets and visiting vessels. Stages and entertainment stretch the length of the Harbourside, from Brunel’s SS Great Britain to Queen Square.
1-14 JULY BRISTOL PRIDE
Bristol Pride celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019. The main Pride Day festival takes place on Saturday 13 July celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.
8-11 AUGUST BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA
Marvel as more than 100 balloons take off together in early morning and evening. Donâ€™t miss the spectacular Night Glow on Thursday and Saturday evening.
23 AUGUST-1 SEPTEMBER BRISTOL FESTIVAL OF PUPPETRY
This biennial international event showcases the very best in cutting-edge puppetry from Bristol, the UK and around the world.
9-13 OCTOBER IBT WE RISE
31 OCTOBER HALLOWEEN
There is no better time to experience Bristol's sense of fun than at Halloween, when there's spooky, exciting and ghoulish goings on across the city. Visit if you dare....
A four-day gathering of conversations, performances and provocations from artists, citizens, curators, activists, thinkers and dreamers interested in live art, activism, socially engaged practice, gender politics and how to end the end of the world.
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER CHRISTMAS EVENTS
Follow #MerryBristmas for all things festive in Bristol including a mile of markets, ice skating, light installations, inspiring theatre, mulled cider and more than a little sparkle.
THE HARBOURSIDE WATERSIDE VIEWS & WALKS
MODERN ART & INDIE MOVIES
LIVELY BARS, CAFES & RESTAURANTS
FERRY TRIPS & STEAM TRAIN RIDES
HISTORY OF THE HARBOUR
Bristol’s history as a trading port stretches back to 1051 when it was listed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and from 1300s was the second most important port to London. The role of the city’s role during the triangular slave trade is well documented and features in an exhibition at M Shed, the museum on the Harbourside telling the story of Bristol.
The best way to get to know the Floating Harbour is by boat. There are ferry trips around the harbour and themed cruises on the water, including trips to country pubs and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Back on dry land, Millennium Square is a great outdoor spot where children paddle in the fountains during the warmer months and there are free film screenings on Big Screen Bristol.
In 1809 Bristol was transformed by the opening of the Floating Harbour, built to overcome the challenge of the second highest tidal range in the world but the small historic harbour became increasingly unable to manage the growing size of ships, with the commercial port moving to Avonmouth. The old City Docks closed to commercial traffic in 1975 and is now a lively leisure destination packed with visitor attractions, adventure and water sports, restaurants and bars.
We The Curious and Bristol Aquarium offer family-friendly days out along with adult-only evenings. The area is rich in museums and galleries, including The Architecture Centre, Watershed and Arnolfini, home to contemporary arts. No trip to Bristol would be complete without a visit to Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first great Ocean Liner, and Being Brunel, the new museum telling the story of the genius who transformed Bristol’s landscape.
“THE CITY'S A DELIGHT FOR FOOD AND NEWISH WAPPING WHARF IS A MUST FOR INDIE FANS”
SIMON BURGESS / DAVE PAGE
Stephen Emms, Weekendr
Clockwise from this picture: the Flaating Harbour has been reinvented as a lively leisure destination, the colourful houses of Hotwells and shoppers and stallholders at the Harbourside market
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THINGS TO DO ON THE HARBOURSIDE
SHONETTE LAFFY / WATERSHED
1 Architecture Centre Free exhibitions on architecture, design and the built environment, plus talks and workshops. 2 Arnolfini One of Europe’s leading contemporary art galleries with exhibitions, live performances and indie cinema. 3 Bristol Aquarium Tropical marine and freshwater creatures living in naturally themed habitats. 4 Brunel’s SS Great Britain Explore this Victorian masterpiece, from the top of the rigging to the first-class dining saloon. New museum Being Brunel celebrates the life and work of the great engineer. 5 Ferries and boat tours Trips and cruises around the Harbourside. 6 The Matthew Take a trip on the replica
of the boat sailed by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497. 7 M Shed Films, photographs, interactive exhibits and displays tell the story of Bristol and its place in the world, from prehistoric times to the present day. 8 Spike Island A working art and design studio with its own cafe, shop and gallery, hosting a vibrant programme of events. 9 Watershed Popular arts cinema and digital creativity centre with a café and bar serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals. 10 We The Curious An interactive science centre, brimming with creativive curiosity. Home to the UK’s first 3D Planetarium. 11 Underfall Yard Working boatyard with visitor centre and cafe.
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FOOD & DRINK ON THE HARBOURSIDE
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1 Cargo A collection of repurposed shipping containers make home for indy food and drink outlets including Bristol Cider Shop, WokyKo and Better Food. 2 Casamia Michelin-starred dining, voted the UK's best restaurant. 3 Glassboat An elegant French restaurant on a converted barge. 4 The Grain Barge Drink Bristolbrewed beer on board a boat. 5
Mud Dock Cycleworks & Cafe
Nutritious seasonal food upstairs with a bespoke bike workshop and shed below. 6 No.1 Harbourside Top-notch food and live music plus a weekly market. 7 Paco Tapas Traditional tapas with a Michelin star from team Casamia.
Revolucion De Cuba
Latin-inspired tapas, Cuban cocktails and Caribbean music. The outdoor terrace has a fire pit and lovely waterside views. 9 The River Grille Waterfront restaurant features a live pianist and jazz at the weekends. 10 The Stable Award-winning pizzas and more than 60 types of cider. 11 Steak Of The Art Serving fine cuts in a gallery-style setting. 12
Three Brothers Burgers
Burgers on a boat with craft beer, shakes, sundaes and floats. 13 Za Za Bazaar The UKâ€™s largest restaurant dishes up a variety of buffet style global cuisine.
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CENTRAL, OLD CITY & PARK STREET MUST-VISIT LANDMARKS & FLAGSHIP MUSEUMS
CRAFT BEER, STREET FOOD & FINE DINING
VAST SHOPPING DISTRICT & MARKETS
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. This is where you will discover the oldest continuously-working theatre in the country, The Bristol Old Vic; the west end shows of the Bristol Hippodrome and St Georges Bristol – one of the world’s finest acoustic auditoriums. You can discover more about the city’s past with behind the scenes tours and dedicated heritage exhibitions or glimpse into Bristol’s past at The Georgian House and The Red Lodge. SHOPPING
Park Street is a great place to discover eclectic style, with a huge range of vintage clothing shops, beautiful jewellery and the fascinating Bristol Guild. Behind Bristol Hippodrome, food and drink lovers will be spoilt by one of Bristol’s largest Oriental supermarkets, Wah Yang Hon, and the 225-yearold Averys, fifth generation family wine merchants
with more than 1,000 wines in historic cellars. Christmas Steps Arts Quarter is a unique collection of eight streets bursting with artisans and creative traders. The Georgian St Nicholas Markets is home to more than 60 stallholders offering everything from vinyl to ice cream. TOWERS AND TOURS
The area is overlooked by the Wills Memorial Building, the heart of the University of Bristol, with regular tours available. Just off Park Street, Cabot Tower offers inspiring city views from the top of Brandon Hill – the oldest park in Bristol. Stroll to the bottom of the road to see Banksy’s Well- Hung Lover opposite City Hall. NIGHTLIFE
Find LGBTQ+ bars and clubs in the West End gay village with Pride Week taking place in July. Beer drinkers converge on King Street and speakeasystyle cocktail bars cater for sophisticated tastes.
“THIS ANCIENT MARITIME CITY IS PERFECT FOR WEEKEND BREAKS FOR VISITORS OF ALL AGES”
Lorna Hogg, Senior Times
Clockwise from this picture: local landmark Cabot Tower, picnickers at Castle Park and the Wills Memorial Building
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FOOD & DRINK IN CENTRAL, OLD CITY & PARK STREET
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1 Friska Dishes made using responsiblysourced ingredients. 2 Graze Bar & Chophouse "Heaven for beer-loving foodies" at Bath Ales' sophisticated chophouse. 3 Llandoger Trow Believed to have been the inspiration for the Admiral Benbow in Treasure Island. 4 The Milk Thistle The younger sister to Clifton's Hyde & Co serves late-night cocktails in sumptuous surroundings. 5 The Old Duke Much-loved jazz pub hosting live music every night of the week. 6 The Ox Famed for sensational steaks and cocktails, The Ox also serves up super fish and vegetarian dishes. 7 Pata Negra Authentic Spanish tapas
and wine bar with killer cocktails at upstairs Noche Negra. 8 Pinkmans Craft bakery known for its naughty sour-doughnuts. 9 St Nicholas Markets A colourful variety of food stalls including Pieminister and food from around the world. 10 Swoon Dreamy gelato made from scratch using Somerset milk. 11 The Rummer First-rate cocktails, delicious brunches and gin tastings. 12 1776 Bar & Kitchen Dining experience set against the backdrop of the Bristol Old Vic theatre. 13 Strawberry Thief Elegant bar serving more than 70 types of Belgian and local beers and ciders.
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SACRED BRISTOL Explore extraordinary architecture and rich history at these places of worship
DAVE PRATT / ST MARY REDCLIFFE
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 details. Visitor interpretation helps uncover its history. 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. 4
John Wesley’s Chapel
The oldest Methodist building in the world, the chapel’s ‘New Room’ features
a new multimedia visitor centre. Further Methodist heritage trails can be found in nearby South Gloucestershire. 5
The site of a place of worship for over 1,000 years, Bristol Cathedral is one of the world’s finest examples of a hall church, as well as being a very popular film location. 6
St Mary Redcliffe
Beautiful Grade I-listed church St Mary Redcliffe is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a slender, soaring spire that stands at 89 metres high. For more information go to www.visitbristol.co.uk
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With its chic boutiques, intimate cafes, Georgian terraces and leafy garden squares, Clifton is one of Bristol’s most attractive districts. The area is home to Clifton Suspension Bridge, a spectacular feat of engineering designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1864. Walk or cycle across the bridge (only drivers pay the toll) for magnificent views of the Avon Gorge and a visitor centre on the Leigh Woods side. Clifton Village is a hive of interesting shops – check out the Victorian Clifton Arcade with its quirky independents. On nearby Oakfield Place, the Clifton Lido has been beautifully restored and offers year-round outdoor swimming, spa treatments and award-winning dining. Also in Clifton, Bristol Zoo Gardens stretches over 12 acres and is home to over 400 species of animal including a family of seven western lowland gorillas. The number 8 bus and Bristol Insight open-top bus both stop outside. OPEN SPACES
An area of protected parkland on the northern fringes of Clifton, the Downs is home to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. Just across Clifton Suspension Bridge you’ll find the 850-acre Ashton Court estate and Leigh Woods (see page 50 for more). Clifton Village boasts an adventure play park for families and picnickers. For some quiet time, The Mall Gardens is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the village.
WORLD-FAMOUS BRIDGE & ZOO
FOOD AND DRINK The Clifton Sausage Modern British food in a relaxed setting. Lactose and gluten-free dishes available alongside daily specials and a kids' menu. Cowshed Quality countryside cuts for an urban audience. All meat comes from neighbouring butcher, Ruby & White. Goram & Vincent Modern dining and views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge from Hotel du Vin at the Avon Gorge Hotel. Heartfelt Vintage Vintage boutique and tearoom serving "fashion, bridal and afternoon teas". Hyde & Co Award-winning cocktails served in a stylish prohibition-style bar. The Ivy Clifton Brasserie The first Ivy outside London is right at home in Clifton Village. The Lido Mediterranean and Middle Easterninspired menu served in a relaxed atmosphere "where suits and robes sit cheek by jowl". No.4 Clifton Village Award-winning à la carte at The Rodney Hotel. Racks Bar & Kitchen A top spot for Sunday roasts, pizzas, gluten-free dishes and their famed £5 lunch, served Monday-Saturday 12-5pm. The River Cottage Kitchen Seasonal, wild food from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s talented team. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available. The Thali Restaurant Inspired by the heart and soul of India, Thali showcases the hero dishes of the subcontinent. White Lion Bar Informal gastro pub at Hotel du Vin at the Avon Gorge. The roomy terrace offers jaw-dropping views of Clifton Suspension Bridge.
BRISTOL COFFEE SHOPS & RESTAURANTS
HIGH-END SHOPS & BOUTIQUES
“ A PERFECT SUNDAY BEGINS WITH BREAKFAST IN ONE OF CLIFTON'S CAFES”
David Wickers, Good Housekeeping
Clockwise from this picture: University of Bristol Botanic Garden, Clifton Suspension Bridge, the gorillas at Bristol Zoo and the Ivy Clifton Brasserie
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STREET ART, PUBS, GREAT FOOD & SHOPS
Take a walk to Stokes Croft to see some of Bristol’s most celebrated street art, including Banksy’s famous Mild Mild West. Also look out for the unique Stokes Croft China. The Cube Microplex on Dove Street is a cinema and arts venue presenting film, music and cabaret. Some of the city’s best-known bars and live-music pubs are here too. On the food front, 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. Jamaica Street Stores has a dedicated raw menu and knocks up a great roast. There are more colourful shops, cafes and restaurants on Cheltenham Road, which joins Stokes Croft to Gloucester Road.
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SOUTHVILLE & BEDMINSTER
BRISTOL STREET ART, THEATRE & SPORT
ART AND CULTURE Southville's Upfest, the largest festival of urban art in Europe, takes a break for 2019, but Upfest gallery is still a local fixture. The Tobacco Factory Theatres stage Shakespeare, opera, Christmas shows, stand-up, puppetry and dance. The adjoining cafe bar also hosts events while serving up good food, Bristol Beer Factory ales and a Sunday morning market. Sports fans can get their fix at nearby Ashton Gate, home to Bristol City FC and Bristol Bears Rugby.
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FOOD AND DRINK The North Street strip offers a lively mix of independent shops, cafes, bars and markets. For good food, try Markâ€™s Bread or the Southville Deli, small plates at The Old Bookshop, Lebanese cuisine at Souk Kitchen or tasty pizza (and standup comedy) at the Hen & Chicken. Ashton Gate Sports Bar & Grill has the biggest indoor screen in the country. OPEN SPACES In neighbouring Bedminster, Windmill Hill City Farm is a voluntary community project that runs social, environmental and educational activities alongside seasonal events with a farming theme. Victoria Park has a childrenâ€™s play area and offers great views of the city. Urban climbers can tackle state-of-the-art Redpoint, based in an old cinema.
Clockwise from bottom: the bustling Tobacco Factory cafe bar, Bristol City fans, art by Braga at Upfest and state-of-the-art climbing wall Redpoint
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PAUL BOX / SAM GIBSON / BATH ALES
They say it’s the longest independent shopping street in Europe, and Gloucester Road is certainly one of the liveliest of Bristol’s neighbourhoods. This high street is a vibrant part of the community with wide pavements full of plants and flowers and plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars. Among its top food spots, try tasty craft loaves and cakes at Joe’s Bakery or a hearty brunch at Bakers & Co. Atomic Burger is family-friendly and Pizzarova serves sensational sourdough. For beer enthusiasts, The Wellington majors on Bath Ales and The Drapers Arms is big on small, local breweries. For live music, try The Gallimaufry or The Golden Lion. Nearby, St Andrews Park has children’s playgrounds and open spaces. Just off Gloucester Road, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club attracts international fixtures as well as league cricket matches, plus the exciting T20 summer events. The Memorial Stadium, home of Bristol Rovers Football Club, is also located in the area.
This page, clockwise from top: the ever-lively Gloucester Road, The Wellington pub and Hobbs House Bakery. Opposite page, clockwise from top: historic Old Market Street, the area has a friendly LGBTQ+ community and St Marks Road
INDEPENDENT SHOPS & ARTISAN CAFES
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Just a few minutes’ walk from Bristol Shopping Quarter, Old Market is a bohemian corner of the city that combines history, diversity, a friendly gay village and a vibrant nightlife. As the name suggests, it was once the city’s main market street; now it’s home to a cluster of independent businesses including shops, galleries, cafes and pubs. For live music, performances and more, try Trinity Centre (a converted church) or the Old Market Assembly (cafe, cabaret, bakery, bar and the teeny Wardrobe Theatre, all housed in a former bank). Old Market is well known for its strong connections to the LGBTQ+ community and popular venues include The Gin Palace and the Old Market Tavern.
FRIENDLY GAY VILLAGE & LIVE MUSIC VENUES
ST MARKS ROAD
THRIVING NEIGHBOURHOOD This small but thriving street in Easton boasts award-winning restaurants, cafes and independent shops including the legendary Bristol Sweet Mart and East Bristol Bakery. 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 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.
Clockwise from this picture: beautiful Blaise Castle, Blaise Castle House Museum and charming Blaise Hamlet
FISHPONDS & FROME VALLEY Fishponds Road is a thriving suburban high street popular with locals, and a great place to join the cycle path linking Bristol and Bath. Nearby Oldbury Court is a beautiful estate that combines woodland and riverside paths with historic parkland and children’s play areas. Follow the path down to the River Frome, where trails lead towards Frenchay and its Village Museum or, in the other direction, to Snuff Mills. Look out for wildlife: it’s a great place to spot kingfishers, herons, foxes, owls, bats and even deer.
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AR NOS VALE Arnos Vale is home to the Original Bristol Blue Glass Factory and Shop, a thriving creative enterprise which continues the city’s long tradition for glassmaking in striking blue. Directly opposite, Arnos Vale Cemetery has been the final resting place for some of Bristol’s most notable citizens since opening in 1837. This garden cemetery offers a haven for wildlife and leisurely walks (trail maps are available) among ornate Victorian tombs and picturesque landscaping. The ‘creative quarter’ at nearby Paintworks is home to the Martin Parr Foundation’s gallery, the Royal Photographic Society and popular Bocabar. Clockwise from top: Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol Blue Glass and the Martin Parr Foundation
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE & THE SOUTH COTSWOLDS COUNTRYSIDE ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
MEDIEVAL MARKET TOWNS
Picturesque market towns and villages dot the countryside to the north and east of Bristol. The medieval town of Thornbury is home to Thornbury Castle, where King Henry VIII stayed with Anne Boleyn in 1535. The High Street is packed with independent shops and gastropubs while nearby Mundy Playing Fields offer facilities for children including a paddling pool. Thonbury is also the home of 6 O'Clock Gin. 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. COUNTRYSIDE
In rural South Gloucestershire, Badminton Horse Trials take place in May and there are plenty of
golf courses including the 27-hole Kendleshire. The Wild Place Project offers great days out, plus the chance to sleep over at Camp Baboon – look out for Bear Wood opening in 2019. Also new this year, The Wave brings inland surfing in an ecoenvironment. Nearby Aerospace Bristol, home ot Concorde, tells the story of Bristol’s aviation history. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy 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, tea gardens and Bath Ales’ Hare Brewery. SHOPPING
The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is a large shopping centre with free parking and regular bus services. Find John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, high-street favourites and places to eat. Or head into the towns, for independent shops and boutiques.
“PICTURESQUE MEDIEVAL MARKET TOWNS AND VILLAGES DOT THE Clockwise from this picture: the STIHL Tree Top Walkway at Westonbirt, Chipping Sodbury's pretty High Street and a tranquil cycle path.
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AVON VALLEY For a great family-friendly day out, try one of Avon Valley Railway's steam-train rides, which run throughout the year from Bitton. In nearby Keynsham, Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park offers indoor and outdoor play areas plus farm animals and exotic species across 50 acres of countryside. Alternatively, cruise along the River Avon to Beese’s Bar and Tea Gardens or day-trip to Bath in the spring and summer with Avon River Cruises and Bristol Packet Boat Trips. The well-trodden Bristol and Bath Railway Path also runs through the valley.
THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE ATTRACTIONS Aerospace Bristol See Concorde Alpha Foxtrot
in situ at this new museum (inset), which tells the story of Bristol’s world-class aerospace industry. Airhop Bristol The world's biggest trampoline park is filled with wall-to-wall bouncing, foam pits and battle beams. Berkeley Castle Take a tour of the castle, dating from the 12th century and still home to the Berkeley family, before exploring the butterfly house and extensive gardens. Cattle Country Adventure Park Meet guinea pigs, lambs, deer, ducks and other furred and feathered creatures. Old Down Country Park Fun family days out await at this country park with adventure playground. The Wave The new inland surfing lake at Almondsbury on the edge of Bristol opens in the summer and will cater for all ages and abilities. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
Discover more than 15,000 tree specimens from all over the world and enjoy events and workshops.
The Wild Place Project
A family attraction that provides adventure, educational play and, new this year, a Bear Wood.
WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre Award-winning home
to water voles, waders and the world’s largest collection of swans, geese, ducks and flamingos. FOOD AND DRINK Bath Ales Brewery Shop Buy bottles of the
Warmley-based brewery’s popular tipples or take a behind-the-scenes tour. Bramley & Gage Visit this family-run business to learn about gin making on the 6 O’Clock Gin Distillery Tour. Country pubs Explore the country pubs of South Gloucestershire and the South Costwolds and try local food and beers. Hattusa at Berwick Lodge Tuck into a classic afternoon tea in the garden or in front of the fireplace in Almondsbury.
NORTH SOMERSET MUCH-LOVED BEACH RESORTS
CLIFFTOP & SEASIDE WALKS
CYCLING & WALKING ROUTES
ASHTON COURT ESTATE AND LEIGH WOODS
The verdant hills of North Somerset’s Ashton Court Estate are just across Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and provide off-road cycling routes, pathways for walkers and acres of green space. Watch hot-air balloons take off from here and don’t miss the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in August. Just a few minutes away Leigh Woods is a National Trust-owned broadleaf woodland that sits on the plateau just above the Avon Gorge. PORTISHEAD AND CLEVEDON
Portishead is about 10 miles from Bristol and has a 250-berth marina featuring a public arts trail and Lake Grounds, home to an open-air pool and a boating lake. Nearby Clevedon is graced with a Grade 1-listed pier dating from 1869 and a vintage cinema dated 1912. The town was also a location for the TV drama series Broadchurch.
Further south, this Victorian beach resort, offers traditional seaside attractions – from go-karts to dodgems and F1 simulators – on the famous Grand Pier, alongside the Tropicana’s theatre, exhibition and live music venue. Walkers should take a saunter along the Clevedon coast path to Portishead, part of the West Mendip Way, or head for the National Trust’s Sand Point. CYCLE ROUTES
If you prefer getting around on two wheels, try the Strawberry Line from Yatton to Cheddar, a smooth, traffic-free cycle path that takes in Congresbury, Sandford, Winscombe and Axbridge, or the recently-opened Brean Down Way cycle route from Weston to the National Trust’s spectacular Brean Down.
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Clockwise from this picture: Clevedon's Grade I-listed pier, Portishead marina, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm and the National Trust's spectacular Gothic Revival house, Tyntesfield
THINGS TO DO IN SOMERSET ATTRACTIONS
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Cheddar Gorge & Caves
Spectacular caves, dramatic clifftop walks and amazing attractions that take you back to prehistoric times. Curzon Cinema This charming picture house is the oldest continuously working cinema in the UK. Fleet Air Arm Museum Get up close to Europe’s largest collection of naval aircraft. Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare Indoor theme park fun for all plus seafront restaurants with magnificent views Noah's Ark Zoo Farm You’ll meet all sorts here, from elephants and white rhinos to donkeys and sheep. Tyntesfield The National Trust’s Victorian Gothic house has 540 acres of gardens, woodland and parkland to explore. Wookey Hole Caves Wander through the valley of the dinosaurs and meet the Witch of Wookey. Wells Cathedral In England’s smallest city, Wells’ cathedral is one of the finest in the country.
This picture: Butcombe Brewery. Inset: Cheddar Gorge.
FOOD AND DRINK EXPERIENCES Aldwick Court Estate Tour the vineyards and taste award-winning English wines. Butcombe Brewery Go behind the scenes at this regional brewer. The Ethicurean Ethical and local cuisine at the Barley Wood Walled Garden in Wrington. Farm shops Rural Somerset is jam-packed with farm shops to please every foodie. Thatchers Cider Learn about how ciders are crafted down at Myrtle Farm. Salt & Malt Award-winning fish and chips from a Michelin-starred chef overlooking Chew Valley Lake.
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Bath makes an ideal day trip as part of a short break to Bristol. The two cities complement each other perfectly and they are so close: 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. From the magnificent Bath Abbey and the famous Roman Baths, one of the best-preserved Roman sites in the world, to the sweeping crescents and terraces of its World Heritage architecture, the city’s many attractions are easily explored on foot.
The city’s 13 museums are within easy walking distance of each other. Art Lovers will be impressed by The Holburne Museum, combining classic and modern art in a stunning setting, along with the Museum of East Asian Art and the Victoria Art Gallery. The city’s historic past can be uncovered at No. 1 Royal Crescent and discover more about Jane Austen’s time in the city at the Jane Austen Centre. The Fashion Museum showcases both historic and contemporary design. Just outside the city, the American Museum & Gardens takes you on a journey through the history of America from its early European settlers to the 20th century.
ART AND CULTURE
Since Roman times, Bath has been offering a mix of health and wellbeing with indulgence and pleasure – now on offer at Thermae Bath Spa. Relax in the steamy waters of the rooftop pool and drink in the spectacular views over the city.
Bath also offers plenty of entertainment with starstudded productions at the Theatre Royal, the Egg theatre for children and a regular programme of festival and arts events.
“RELAX IN THE STEAMY WATERS OF THERMAE BATH SPA'S ROOFTOP POOL AND DRINK IN SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF THE CITY”
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Clockwise from this picture: Thermae Bath Spa's rooftop pool, the striking Circus and the National Trust's Prior Park Landscape Garden
GETTING TO BRISTOL
National Express and Megabus run services from across the country to Bristolâ€™s bus and coach station in the city centre. Regional bus services terminate here too. Snap runs regular on-demand services to Bristol from London and Birmingham. Falcon runs a service from Plymouth to Bristol 24 hours a day with various stops including Bristol Airport. TRAIN
Bristol Temple Meads is the cityâ€™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 across Europe and connections worldwide. The Bristol Flyer express bus connects the city to the airport with frequent services 24 hours a day.
Clockwise from top: GWR train services, Bristol Airport public transport and Temple Meads Railway Station
GETTING AROUND BRISTOL BRISTOL TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE (TIC)
The TIC serves both visitors and locals, 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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There are several bus operators in Bristol and the surrounding area. Full route maps, timetables and tickets are available at the TIC or online. 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 our map pages for ferry landing locations. TAXI
Hackney carriage taxis are painted in Bristol blue and can be picked up at ranks across the city or hailed on the street. There are also private hire companies operating in the city, and Uber services.
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, Webbs Cycle Shop on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, and Cycle the City and Bristol Tandem Hire from the city centre area. 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.
GUIDED & SELF-GUIDED TOURS SIGHTSEEING BUS TOURS
Bristol Insight open top bus tours take 75 minutes with numerous stops 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.
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The Matthew runs regular harbour trips and some cruises include a 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 offers guided trips around Bristol and along the River Avon to Bath. CYCLING
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. Cycle the City offer guided cycling tours in the city centre.
Clockwise from this picture: Where The Wall, The Matthew, Bristol Insight and Bristol Brewery Tour
WALKING & SPECIAL INTEREST
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 historic city. Take in a mixture of the latest street art combined with some classic Banksy on a tour by Where the Wall or Graft, and the Blackbeard to Banksy tour includes historic highlights. There are a range of theatrical tours telling some of the cityâ€™s more unusual stories including Blood and Butchery in Bedminster. Foodies can try a culinary tour with EatWalkTalk or Bristol Food Tour and Bristol Hoppers offers an introduction to the local craft beer scene and pub scene. Free guided tours of Clifton Suspension Bridge are available at weekends and bank holidays and Wills Memorial Tower offers weekend tours. Self-guided walks are available from the TIC or you can download free audio tours from the Visit Bristol website. Donâ€™t miss the annual Bristol Walk Fest in May, offering over 150 of the best walks in and around the city. Film and TV fan? You can now take a mini coach tour of the iconic Only Fools and Horses scenes filmed in Bristol, download a copy of the Sherlock trail or discover more about Bristol film locations at visitbristol.co.uk/film-and-tv
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48 HORAS EN BRISTOL
DISFRUTA DE UN FIN DE SEMANA INOLVIDABLE... Bristol es una magnífica elección para una escapada corta con un montón de cosas que hacer o para una estancia más larga con excursiones a lugares cercanos. Día uno - Comienza en Harbourside y explora Mshed, que cuenta la historia de la ciudad, y no dejes de acercarte a Wapping Wharf para disfrutar de sus cafés y restaurantes independientes. Date un paseo hasta Arnolfini para visitar las últimas exposiciones y disfruta de las especialidades locales almorzando en Watershed o No. 1 Harbourside Toma un ferry hasta el SS Great Britain de Brunel, el primer trasatlántico de lujo del mundo, y en la actualidad un museo galardonado con prestigiosos premios. No te pierdas la exposición Being Brunel. Solo hay un breve paseo hasta Spike Island donde se organizan periódicamente exposiciones de artistas líderes y donde encontrarás un estudio de trabajo. Si te apetece salir a divertirte por la noche, no dejes de ir a King Street con sus numerosos pubs de cerveza artesanal o disfruta de una actuación en Bristol Old Vic, el teatro en funcionamiento continuo más antiguo del Reino Unido. Día dos - Dirígete a Clifton para ver el Puente Colgante (Suspension Bridge) y el centro de visitantes. Curiosea por las boutiques y almuerza en Clifton Village.
Visita Parque Zoológico de Bristol, el 5º zoo más antiguo del mundo, responsable de haber salvado a más de 175 especies de la extinción. Bristol cuenta con numerosos espacios verdes, entre ellos el Jardín Botánico de la Universidad de Bristol. Brandon Hill es el parque más antiguo de Bristol y en él encontrarás la Cabot Tower con preciosas vistas de la ciudad. Haz una visita a St Georges Bristol para escuchar a músicos e intérpretes de clase mundial. Y ha llegado la hora de un poco de terapia de compras en el barrio comercial de Bristol. Disfruta de la escena musical en directo y los DJ sets de gran prestigio de la ciudad en los pubs y clubes; hay muchos lugares entre los que elegir y podrás encontrar de todo, desde los éxitos más recientes hasta jazz y folk tradicional. Día tres - Comienza con un tour de arte urbano, guiado por uno de los propios artistas, y después explora las galerías y exposiciones en el Bristol Museum and Art Gallery y la vecina Royal West of England Academy. Para comer, pásate por el Mercado de St Nick en la zona antigua de la ciudad. Explora algunas de las preciosas ciudades mercado del sur de Gloucestershire, a muchas de las cuales puedes llegar en autobuses locales, y tómate el tiempo de visitar el famoso Concorde en Aerospace Bristol. Si quieres más sugerencias, entra en www.visitbristol.co.uk
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48 HEURES À BRISTOL
UN WEEK-END INOUBLIABLE Bristol est la ville parfaite pour une escapade riche en activités ou comme base pour explorer plus longuement la région. Jour 1 : Commencez sur le port par découvrir l’histoire de la ville à l’occasion d’une visite au Mshed, avec un détour par un des cafés ou restaurants de Wapping Wharf. Marchez jusqu’à Arnolfini pour voir une exposition d’art contemporain puis régalez-vous de spécialités régionales au Watershed ou à No. 1 Harbourside. D’un coup de ferry, faites la traversée jusqu’au S.S. Great Britain de Brunel, premier paquebot de luxe de l’histoire, aujourd’hui transformé en superbe musée. Ne manquez pas l’exposition permanente Being Brunel. À quelques pas de là se trouve Spike Island, espace d’exposition et studio d’artistes. Pour une soirée animée, cap sur les pubs et bars à bière artisanale de King Street. Vous y trouverez aussi le plus ancien théâtre toujours en activité du Royaume-Uni, le Bristol Old Vic. Jour 2 : Direction le quartier de Clifton et son pont suspendu, avec visite du centre d’information. Faites les boutiques dans Clifton Village avant le déjeuner. Visitez ensuite le Zoo de Bristol, 5e plus ancien zoo du monde, qui ont contribué à sauver de
l’extinction plus de 175 espèces menacées. La verdure est partout à Bristol, par exemple au jardin botanique de l’Université. Sur Brandon Hill, au milieu du plus ancien parc de la ville, se dresse la tour Cabot du haut de laquelle on admire le panorama. Offrez-vous ensuite un intermède musical à St Georges Bristol où se produisent des interprètes de premier plan. Ensuite, séance de lèche-vitrines au Bristol Shopping Quarter. Laissez les pubs, boîtes et salles de spectacle de la ville vous en mettre plein les oreilles avec une multitude de groupes et de DJ. Il y en a pour tous les goûts, du jazz classique aux derniers hits, en passant par du rock & folk traditionnel. Jour 3 : Lancez-vous dans un parcours-visite guidé par un artiste de street art puis admirez les collections permanentes et les expositions temporaires du Bristol Museum and Art Gallery et de la Royal West of England Academy toute proche. Trouvez à déjeuner à un des étals de St Nick’s Market dans la vieille ville. Poussez jusqu’aux jolis bourgs du South Gloucestershire, pour la plupart accessibles en bus, et n’oubliez pas d’aller saluer le Concorde à Aerospace Bristol. Pour d’autres idées, rendez-vous sur www.visitbristol.co.uk
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EIN UNVERGESSLICHES WOCHENENDE Bristol eignet sich bestens für einen aufregenden Kurzurlaub oder einen längeren Aufenthalt mit Tagesausflügen in die Umgebung. Tag 1 – Startet den Tag im Hafen, erkundet das junge Stadtmuseum Mshed und lasst euch auf der Suche nach unabhängigen Cafés und Restaurants Wapping Wharf nicht entgehen. Lauft zum Arnolfini hinüber um die aktuellen Ausstellungen anzuschauen und genießt lokale Spezialitäten zum Mittag im Watershed oder No. 1 Harbourside Nehmt die Fähre zu Brunel’s SS Great Britain, dem weltweit ersten Luxusdampfer und heute preisgekrönten Museumsschiff. Dabei unbedingt auch die Ausstellung Being Brunel ansehen. Einen kurzen Fußmarsch entfernt liegt Spike Island, mit regelmäßigen Ausstellungen von führenden Künstlern und einem Filmstudio. Für einen lustigen Abend schaut am besten in der von Pubs gesäumten King Street vorbei. Dort findet ihr lokale Biersorten und könnt eine Aufführung im Bristol Old Vic, dem ältesten durchgehend geöffneten Theater Englands, besuchen. Tag 2 – Macht euch auf den Weg nach Clifton zur Suspension Bridge mit ihrem Besucherzentrum. Stöbert durch die Geschäfte und geht in Clifton Village zum Mittagessen. Besucht Bristol Zoo Gardens, den fünftältesten Zoo
der Welt, der maßgeblich dazu beigetragen hat, über 175 Arten vor dem Aussterben zu retten. Es gibt viele Parks in Bristol, darunter die botanischen Gärten der University of Bristol. Brandon Hill is der älteste Park der Stadt und bietet eine tolle Aussicht auf die Stadt von Cabot Tower. Schaut bei St Georges Bristol vorbei und lauscht Musikern und Interpreten der Weltklasse. Danach geht es zum Einkaufsbummel in Bristols Shoppingviertel. Taucht in die Livemusikszene der Stadt ein oder geht mit den besten DJs feiern– die Auswahl an Pubs und Clubs ist groß und reicht von aktuellen Charts bis zu traditionellem Jazz und Folk. Tag 3 – Startet mit einer Street Art Tour in den Tag, die von den Künstlern selbst angeboten wird, dann erkundet die Kustgallerien und -ausstellungen in der Bristol Museum and Art Gallery und der nahegelegenen Royal West of England Academy. Zum Mittagessen geht es in die Altstadt zu St Nick’s Market. Entdeckt auch die malerischen Marktstädte in South Gloucestershire, von denen viele mit örtlichen Bussen erreichbar sind, und nehmt euch Zeit für einen Besuch der berühmten Concorde im Luftfahrtmuseum Aerospace Bristol. Für mehr Anregungen, besucht www.visitbristol.co.uk
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48 ORE A BRISTOL
PER UN WEEKEND DA RICORDARE Bristol è un'ottima scelta per una breve pausa, con le tante cose da fare, o per prolungare il soggiorno aggiungendo altre gite giornaliere. Primo giorno - Partite dall'Harbourside, visitate il museo Mshed, che racconta la storia della città, e non perdetevi il quartiere Wapping Wharf per i ristoranti e le caffetterie indipendenti. Passeggiate fino all'Arnolfini per dare un'occhiata alle ultime mostre e a pranzo scegliete Watershed o No. 1 Harbourside per assaggiare le specialità locali Prendete un traghetto che vi porti alla Brunel’s SS Great Britain, la prima nave da crociera di lusso al mondo, diventata ora un museo insignito di premi. Non perdetevi il museo Being Brunel. Quattro passi a piedi e arriverete a Spike Island, uno spazio espositivo che ospita regolarmente mostre di artisti importanti e uno studio in cui è possibile vedere gli artisti all'opera. Per una serata all'insegna del divertimento, recatevi a King Street con i suoi molti pub che servono birra artigianale oppure andate a vedere uno spettacolo al Bristol Old Vic, il più antico teatro del Regno Unito ancora in attività.
aiutato a salvare dall'estinzione oltre 175 specie. A Bristol ci sono tanti spazi verdi, tra cui il Giardino botanico dell'Università di Bristol. Brandon Hill è il parco più vecchio di Bristol, nonché sede della Cabot Tower con le sue vedute della città. Fate un salto a St Georges Bristol dove potrete ascoltare musicisti e vedersi esibire artisti di prim'ordine. Dopodiché, sarà il momento di fare un po' di shopping terapeutico nel Quartiere dello shopping di Bristol. Controllate quali sono gli eventi di musica dal vivo e i DJ set più importanti offerti nei pub e nei club della città: avrete un'ampia scelta con i tanti luoghi in cui è possibile ascoltare di tutto, dai pezzi delle classifiche del momento alla musica jazz e folk tradizionale. Terzo giorno - Iniziate con un tour dedicato all'arte di strada guidato proprio da uno degli artisti, per poi esplorare gallerie e mostre alla Bristol Museum and Art Gallery e poi nella vicina galleria d'arte Royal West of England Academy. Per pranzo dirigetevi al mercato St Nick's Market nella città vecchia.
Secondo giorno - Dirigetevi a Clifton per vedere il Ponte sospeso e il centro visitatori. Fate un giro per le boutique e pranzate al Clifton Village.
Andate alla scoperta di alcuni dei bellissimi borghi del South Gloucestershire, molti dei quali collegati tramite autobus locali, e prendetevi del tempo per visitare il famoso Concorde nel museo Aerospace Bristol.
Visitate il Giardino zoologico di Bristol, il quinto zoo più vecchio al mondo, che ha il merito di aver
Per ulteriori suggerimenti, visitate il sito www.visitbristol.co.uk
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