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. Afterwards, treat yourselves to some quirky and original purchases on a visit to nearby Park Street. Dip in and out of the funky clothing boutiques and round things off at 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, before heading to the Bristol Avon Gorge Hotel to rest up after an action packed day.