Bristol is a vibrant, energetic city rich in history and culture. Whether you’re staying overnight on business or spending the weekend you’ll find plenty to do.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a couple of days to explore the city then there’s a wealth of opportunities to entertain you. Children will love Bristol’s Zoo Gardens; 12 acres of exotic animals including lions, monkeys and penguins, or the Aquarium with its sharks and stingrays. More inquisitive minds can learn about the historic steam ship on board SS Great Britain, designed by the famous Isambard Kingdom Brunell or get hands on at Bristol’s Science Centre.
Avid shoppers are well catered for. Bristol has its own shopping quarter in the centre of the city with over 500 shops covering everything for aspiring fashionistas, musicians, geeks, foodies and just about any other hobby, interest or purchase you could possibly think of. There are many hotels in Bristol readily available and can be booked right in the bustling heart of it all or further out of town for a more relaxed experience.
Those with just a single night to spend still have plenty to sink their teeth into. All of your favourite national restaurants are represented along with a huge selection of independent eateries serving locally sourced food that make for an excellent alternative to eating in your hotel. Bristol has an array of lively pubs and bars for enjoying a drink in the evening. Those wishing to sample the city’s thriving music or comedy scene can throw back a beer whilst catching an act at the bizarrely named Start The Bus. The oldest pub in the city award goes to The Hatchet and is often full of students and punters waiting for a gig to start in the nearby O2 Academy. It’s not the place to go for a relaxed drink but journeying there will give you a good excuse to glimpse a classic piece of Banksy’s street art on Park Street. For a more refined experienced head to the multi-award winning cider bar, The Apple, where you can sit on the deck of a converted Dutch barge and while away the evening.