Head to Bristol for a loved-up city break

Bristol

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Ditch the car – and even the bike – because relaxed and arty Bristol is the perfect size to stroll around, hand-in-hand.

Begin by the attractive Quayside at the Arnolfini, a contemporary art space with five galleries packed with cutting-edge exhibitions. Afterwards share a chunky chocolate brownie in the café – or, if the weather’s fine, join the many others sipping local cider on the sun-warmed cobbles by the water outside.

If it’s a day to be inside, take a stroll over the nearby bridge and cosy up to a film at the Watershed cinema, and you fancy treating yourselves to some quirky and original purchases, take a jaunt up nearby Park Street to dip in and out of the funky clothing boutiques and the stylish Bristol Guild, packed with sleek designer homeware and gourmet confectionary.

For a sunny lunch, pick up a picnic and head to Brandon Hill, a tranquil oasis near Park Street with romantic views over the city, especially if you climb Cabot Tower. Post-feast, head uphill to charming Clifton Village, gleaming like a pristine film set and filled with boutiques, cosy cafés, delectable delis and welcoming pubs.  

Finish the day with a sunset wander over Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, stretching over the cavernous Avon Gorge.

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