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 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

Lifestyle
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Georgian architecture and modern shopping on Bristol's edge

Georgian architecture and modern shopping on Bristol's edge

Stroll through one of England's finest commercial districts, and pick up a local treat.

Location: Clifton, Bristol

Lifestyle
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Cycle Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge on a free tour

Cycle Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge on a free tour

Pedal to your heart’s content along Bristol’s cycle-friendly routes, and admire the views from Clifton Suspension Bridge and Ashton Court Estate.

Location: Bristol

Budget
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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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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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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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Click your fingers to the sound of Bristol’s jazz scene

Click your fingers to the sound of Bristol’s jazz scene

Bristol plays host to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative jazz and blues artists for the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Location: Bristol

Music and nightlife
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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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Experience working life at sea on board Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Experience working life at sea on board Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Step into the shoes of a Victorian sailor and onto the extraordinary time machine that is Brunel’s ss Great Britain.

Location: Bristol

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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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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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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Step back in time on Bristol's Pirate Walks

Step back in time on Bristol's Pirate Walks

Meet Pirate Pete, a swash-buckling buccaneer with a swords-and-all knowledge of Bristol’s gruesome pirate past.

Location: Bristol

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Caves and climbing at Cheddar Gorge

Caves and climbing at Cheddar Gorge

If you ever thought Cheddar Gorge was just a place for looking at stalagmites and stalagtites while eating cheese, you’re extremely wrong.

Location: Bristol

Extreme Sports
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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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Revel in a Georgian romance at Bristol’s oldest market

Revel in a Georgian romance at Bristol’s oldest market

Stroll hand in hand through Georgian squares to discover Bristol’s buzzing St Nicholas market, with its quirky stalls and diverse street food.

Location: Bristol

Food markets
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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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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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

Location: Bristol

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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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