Bristol

Bristol is as well known for Brunel's elegant Clifton Suspension Bridge as it is for Banksy's street art. And not forgetting Aardman, creators of plasticine superstars Wallace and Gromit. It's little wonder that innovative museums packed with objets d'art and historic relics have set up shop here. Start your intrepid adventure of this southwest city at flamingo lagoons, monkey islands or the depths of the Amazon at the city's aquariums and zoo, or meander along the River Avon's locks and gorges. Shopaholics can head to the Bristol Shopping Quarter, a collective of galleries, malls and independent shops. Little chance of buying The Wrong Trousers here.

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Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Celebrate all things maritime, from mermaid dances to pirate treasure hunts, and test out your sea legs on historic vessels at the Bristol Harbour Festival.

Location: Bristol

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Curios and vintage shopping

Curios and vintage shopping

If you’re looking for a new wardrobe, lose yourself in Bristol.

Location: Bristol

Shopping and fashion
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Encounter Bristol's animated films at Encounters Film Festival

Encounter Bristol's animated films at Encounters Film Festival

'Encounters' is an internationally-renowned film festival held annually in Bristol, which showcases the work of short and animated film talent.

Location: Bristol

Arts and cultural events
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Step aboard Brunel's ss Great Britain

Step aboard Brunel's ss Great Britain

Brunel’s ss Great Britain is the best type of time machine, a beautifully preserved ship and museum.

Location: Bristol

Historic sites and icons
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Cycle around Bristol

Cycle around Bristol

Bristol is the UK’s first cycle city. If you’re looking for new ways to explore it, get on your bike and get riding.

Location: Bristol

Cycling
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Join in this most colourful of parades at Bristol Pride

Join in this most colourful of parades at Bristol Pride

Take in some drag queen cabaret or chill out to some pumping tunes; whatever you decide to do at Bristol Pride, it won’t be boring.

Location: Bristol

Free
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Unwind in resplendent luxury at Thornbury Castle

Unwind in resplendent luxury at Thornbury Castle

Follow in King Henry VIII’s footsteps with a meal and an overnight stay at Thornbury Castle, near Bristol.

Location: Bristol

Unique Experiences
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Over a quarter of a century as Bristol's maritime darling

Over a quarter of a century as Bristol's maritime darling

Whether it's a party or a romantic meal for two, do it in style: floating in Bristol's pretty harbour.

Location: Bristol

Food and Drink
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Visit St Mary Redcliffe Church

Visit St Mary Redcliffe Church

Having been described by Queen Elizabeth I as "the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England," St Mary Redcliffe’s certainly has a reputation to live up to.

Location: Bristol

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Discover a recipe for success at 102 Cookery School

Discover a recipe for success at 102 Cookery School

Call upon your inner foodie to perfect your culinary skills in Bristol, the South West’s food capital.

Location: Bristol

Food and Drink
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Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Enjoy traditional dishes, dance and dress, while learning about the country’s unique culture, at Bristol’s annual Thai Festival.

Location: Bristol

Low cost
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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Don't miss Europe's largest hot air balloon event.

Location: Bristol

Free
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Experience the view from Cabot Tower

Experience the view from Cabot Tower

The greatest view of Bristol is like all best things in life, free. Head to Cabot Tower for an unforgettable panorama.

Location: Bristol

Walking and hiking
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Swim some lengths at the Bristol Lido

Swim some lengths at the Bristol Lido

Hot summer nights of fine dining and swimming at Clifton Lido.

Location: Bristol

Spa breaks and pampering
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Eat and drink in Bristol's award-winning quayside luxury

Eat and drink in Bristol's award-winning quayside luxury

Bordeaux Quay is restaurant, brasserie, bar deli and more, all under one roof.

Location: Bristol

Food and Drink
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Visit the animals at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Visit the animals at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Did you know that Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world?

Location: Bristol

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Listen to famous faces and discover new ones at Brisfest

Listen to famous faces and discover new ones at Brisfest

Brisfest gives you the chance to see the latest in up-and-coming musical and performing talents, and gives them their big break.

Location: Bristol

Low cost

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