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Vibrant, picturesque city, brimming with culture and history. There is always something to entertain you and plenty of things to do in Bristol, no matter what you're interested in! And it's just a short hop from the Somerset coast or the Cotswolds for a great family day out.


Whether you are a history buff, art critic or music lover, Bristol truly has something for everyone. As the largest city in the south-west and one of the most picturesque, Bristol is awash with history, magnificent architecture and an endless number of leisure opportunities. Bristol benefits from having a large number of established tourist destinations as well as enjoying a host of festivals throughout the year, from kite flying and hot air ballooning to Shakespeare and comedy!

Known for...   Home of Captain Blackbeard, Bristol University, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Popular television and film location, @Bristol, Bristol Zoo and Bristol Port


Did you know...

  • The world’s first commercially produced chocolate bar was made in Union Street Bristol by Fry’s in 1847.
  • The Theatre Royal Bristol is the oldest continuously working theatre in Britain and has been staging productions since 1766.
  • Hollywood legend Cary Grant (Archibald Leach) was born in Horfield, Bristol. Grant's first role in theatre was working at The Bristol Hippodrome.



 

  Attractions

At Bristol

@ Bristol - Interactive science and discovery centre.
Anchor Road
Bristol
BS1 5DB

01179092000

Recommended by H. Upton Berks
“@ Bristol is well designed and there's plenty to do (and that part of Bristol is an interesting area to walk around anyway)”

 

Bristol Aquarium

Spectacular aquarium and underwater experience.
Anchor Road
Bristol
BS1 5TT

01179298929

Recommended by Lucie Hall, Bristol

 

Bristol Zoo

Home to over 450 species of animals.
Clifton Down
Bristol
BS8 3HA

01179747399

Recommended by Phoebe Harris, Bath

 

Open Top Bus Tours

Tours of Bristol throughout the summer months. Headphones and guide included.
Broad Quay
Bristol
BS1 4QF

 

Bristol Cathedral FREE

Famous cathedral. Tours available.
College Square
Bristol
BS1 5TS

01179264879

 

SS Great Britain

Award-winning attraction of the world's first great ocean liner.
Gas Ferry Road
Bristol
BS1 6TY

01179260680

 

Clifton Suspension Bridge FREE

Displays and artefact's explaining it's history, construction and maintenance.
Bridge House
Bristol
BS8 4HA

01179744664

 

Temple Church

English Heritage - The 'leaning tower' and walls of this large late medieval church survived bombing during the Second World War.
Temple Street
Bristol
BS1 6DE

 

Cabot Tower FREE

Commemorative tower built in recognition of John Cabot's first voyage from Bristol to North America.
Brandon Hill Park
Park Street
Bristol
BS1 5RR

Recommended by Henry Booth, Bristol
“Well worth the climb to the top if you've got a head for heights, the views over Bristol are superb”

 

Bristol Botanic Gardens

Fascinating visitor attraction.
The Holmes
Stoke Park Road
BS9 1JB

01173314906

Recommended by Mary Fellows, Bath

 

Ashton Court Estate

Historic estate set over 800 acres. Includes a 16th century house and deer park.
Long Ashton
Bristol
BS41 9JN

01179223719

 

Avon Valley Railway

Enjoy a vintage steam ride.
Bath Road
Bristol
BS30 6HD

01179325538

 

TeamSport Bristol

The Go Karting Bristol site provides one the finest racing experiences in the UK. Located just 20 minute drive from the city centre near the M5. One of the best indoor karting venues in the South West.
Avonmouth Way
Avonmouth
BS11 9YA

 

Westbury College Gatehouse FREE

National Trust - 15th-century gatehouse.
College Road
Westbury-on-Trym
BS9 3EH

 

Zoo Keeper For A Day

Experience this incredible hands-on, behind-the-scenes day working as a zookeeper at Bristol Zoo.
Bristol Zoo
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 3HA

 

Stanton Drew Circles And Cove

English Heritage - See the 3rd largest collection of prehistoric standing stones in England.
Stanton Drew
Somerset
BS39 4EL

 

Chepstow Bulwarks Camp FREE

Double banked-and-ditched enclosure, probably dating from the later Iron Age period.
Chepstow
NP16 5QT

 

Bristol Harbour

Bristol Harbour has great facilities for visiting mariners and boat owners as well as watersport and recreation activities.
Underfall Yard
Cumberland Road
Bristol
BS1 6XG

Recommended by Martin Bell, Cardiff

 

Tyntesfield

National Trust - Extraordinary Victorian estate.
Tyntesfield
Bristol
BS48 1NT

 

Blaise Hamlet FREE

National Trust - Nine rustic cottages around a green.
Henbury
Bristol
BS10 7QY

 

Leigh Woods FREE

National Trust - A wilderness of beauty and tranquility set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Avon Gorge.
Valley Road
North Somerset
BS8 3PZ

Recommended by Rachel Budd, Bristol
“A drive over Clifton Suspension bridge to get there. Beautiful place with fun trails that the kids can follow”

 

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Award winning zoo and great family day out.
Clevedon Road
Wraxhall
Bristol
BS48 1PG

01275852606

 
 

  Museums

Bristol City Museum And Art Gallery FREE

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has collections of regional, national and international importance.
Queen's Road
Bristol
BS8 1RL

Recommended by Milly Cooper, Bath

 

Spike Island

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design.
133 Cumberland Road
Bristol
BS1 6UX

01179292266

 

Royal West Of England Academy

Bristol's first art gallery, housing over 1200 works of art.
Avon
Bristol
BS8 1RX

01179735129

 

Glenside Hospital Museum FREE

Highlighting the history of Bristol's psychiatric hospitals with ward details, medications and remedies of the past.
University of the West of England, Glenside Campus
Blackberry Hill, Stapleton
Bristol
BS16 1DD

 
 

  Parks

Queens Square FREE

Queen Square is a beautiful Georgian green space in the heart of Bristol.
Bristol
BS1 4LH

 

Queen Square FREE

Public open space of level lawns and wide gravel paths just off the centre of Bristol. Perfect for picnics and events in summer.
Bristol
BS1 4LH

 

College Green FREE

Peaceful city centre green space near to many local attractions. Surrounded by Bristol Cathedral and Bristol City Hall.
Bristol
BS1 5UY

 

Brandon Hill Park FREE

Hilly park and popular picnic spot - with children's playground, panoramic views from Cabot Tower and nature reserve.
Park Street
Bristol
BS1 5RR

 

Eastwood Farm Local Nature Reserve FREE

Peaceful riverside reserve with woodland, ponds and plenty of wildlife.
Wyndham Crescent
Bristol
BS4 4SP

 

Bishops Knoll FREE

Woods running along the Avon Gorge.
Stoke Bishop
BS9 1NS

 

Badock's Wood FREE

Woodland, streams and areas of meadow in north Bristol. The River Trym flows through the valley.
Lakewood Road
Southmead
BS10 5HJ

 

Royate Hill Local Nature Reserve FREE

Unusual nature reserve, partly on top of a railway viaduct. Wildflower meadows and woodland.
Edward Street
Eastville
Bristol
BS5 6XX

 

Manor Woods Valley Local Nature Reserve FREE

Green space in south west Bristol with wildflower meadows, woodland and plenty of wildlife - running alongside Malago stream.
Vale Lane
Bishopsworth
Bristol
BS3 5XX

 

Callington Road Local Nature Reserve FREE

Green area for walking and enjoying the wildlife, wildflowers and dew pond.
Callington Road
Bristol
BS4 2LT

 

Lawrence Weston Moor Local Nature Reserve FREE

Fields made up of wet and dry wildflower meadows. A variety of birds can also be found. Wellies are recommended.
Lawrence Weston Road
Bristol
BS11 0XX

 

Stockwood Open Space Local Nature Reserve FREE

Area of former farmland on the edge of Bristol with meadows, hedgerows, ponds and woodland.
Hungerford Gardens
Stockwood
Bristol
BS4 5HA

 

Bithams Woods FREE

An isolated block of SNAW on a south facing slope overlooking the Chew Valley. The wood is surrounded by grassland fields.
Chew Magna
BS40 8QN

 

Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve FREE

Hillside overlooking the River Avon with fantastic views of Bristol and much wildlife. Great for flying kites as it's always windy.
off Trooper's Hill Road
St George
Bristol
BS5 8BW

 
 

  Galleries

Arnolfini

Harbourside arts centre including a cinema showing alternative and arthouse films.
16 Narrow Quay
Bristol
BS1 4QA

01179172300

 

Architecture Centre, Bristol

Enaging the public with the built environment.
Narrow Quay
Bristol
BS1 4QA

01179221540

 
 

  Bowling

AMF Bowling Bristol

Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
Avonmeads
St Philips Marsh
BS2 0SP

 

Bowlplex Bristol

Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
Aspects Leisure Park
Longwell Green
BS15 9LA

 
 

  Cinema

Cinema De Lux

Luxury cinema experience.
Glass House
Bristol
BS1 3AG

08712201000

 

Watershed Media Centre

Cinema, digital Media, special events and a cafe/Bar.
1 Canon's Road
Bristol
BS1 5TX

01179275100

 

Odeon Bristol

Multi-screen cinema on Union Street.
Union Street
Bristol
BS1 2DS

03330144501

 

Vue Cinema Bristol Cribb's Causeway

Multi-Screen Cinema at Bristol Cribbs Causeway.
Cribbs Causeway
Merlin Road
BS10 7SR

03453084620

 

Vue Cinema Bristol Longwell Green

Multi-screen cinema.
2, Aspects Leisure Park
Longwell Green
Bristol
BS15 9LA

03453084620

 

Cineworld Bristol

Multi-screen cinema.
Hengrove Leisure Park
Hengrove Way
Bristol
BS14 0HR

03303334444

 
 

  Theatre

Bristol Hippodrome

Best in comedy, drama, musicals and more.
10 St Augustines Parade
Bristol
BS1 4UZ

01173023310

 

Bristol Old Vic

Popular theatre.
36 King Street
Bristol
BS1 4DZ

01179493993

 
 

  Live Music

Colston Hall

Run by Bristol Music Trust, Colston Hall is Bristol's largest concert hall.
Colston Street
Bristol
BS1 5AR

Recommended by Jamie Vardy, Bristol

 

The Cooler

Stylish music venue.
48 Park Street
Bristol
BS1 5JG

01179450999

 

The Bierkeller

One of Bristol's leading live music venues.
All Saints Street
Bristol
BS1 2LZ

01179268514

 

The Croft

Intimate live music venue.
117-119 Stokes Croft
Bristol
BS1 3RW

01179874144

 

O2 Academy Bristol

Popular live entertainment and music venue.
Frogmore Street
Bristol
BS1 5NA

01179279227

 

Thekla

Live music venue and nightclub aboard a boat.
40 The Grove
Bristol
BS1 4QZ

01179293301

 

The Tunnels

Bristol's hottest new live music venue.
32 Bristol & Exeter Mews
Lower Approach Rd
Temple Meads
BS1 6QQ

08451770801

 
 

  Comedy

Jongleurs Comedy Club

Popular city centre comedy club.
28 Baldwin Street
Bristol
BS1 1NG

 

Metropolis Home Of Jesters Comedy Club

Live Comedy and Cabret.
135-137 Cheltenham Road
Bristol
BS6 5RW

01179096655

 
 

  Golf

Shirehampton Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Park Hill
Shirehampton
Bristol
BS11 0UL

 

Woodspring Golf & Country Club

Golf Club.
Yanley Lane
Long Ashton
Somerset
BS41 9LR

 

Bristol & Clifton Golf Club

Golf Club.
Beggar Bush Lane
Failand
Bristol
BS8 3TH

 

Tall Pines Golf Club

Golf Club.
Cooks Bridle Path
Downside
Backwell
Somerset
BS48 3DJ

 

Filton Golf Club

Golf Club.
Golf Course Lane
Filton
Bristol
BS31 7QS

 

Stockwood Vale Golf Club

Golf Club.
Stockwood Lane
Keynsham
Bristol
BS31 2ER

 

Bristol Golf Club

Stunning views over the Severn Estuary. Non-members welcome.
St Swithins Park
Blackhorse Hill
BS10 7TP

 

Henbury Golf Club

Henbury is situated in a magnificent parkland setting of mature woodlands bordering the famous Blaise Castle Estate.
Henbury Hill
Bristol
BS10 7BQ

 
 

  Leisure centres

The Gym

Gym and fitness centre. No contract needed.
Quakers Friars
Cabot Circus
BS1 3BU

08443843174

 

Fitness First

Gym and fitness centre based at Bristol Harbour-side.
Explore Lane
Harbourside
BS1 5TY

01179377070

 

Fitness4less

Great value gym and fitness centre.
The Pithay
All Saints Street
BS1 2LZ

 

Portishead Open Air Pool

Great place to be on a sunny day.
Esplanade Road
Portishead
BS20 7HD

01275843454

 

David Lloyd

Tennis, health and fitness club.
Greystoke Avenue
Westbury-on-Trym
BS10 6AZ

01179597140

 
 

  Climbing

The Climbing Academy

One of the UK's largest bouldering walls.
Charlton Street
Bristol
BS5 0FD

01179072956

 
 

  Laser

Laser Tag Bristol

Unique laser tag experience.
Avonmouth Way
Avonmouth
BS11 9YA

 

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