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Things to do in Bristol

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“SS Great Britain is a museum ship and former passenger steamship, which was advanced for her time and designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel”
  • 110 locals recommend
History Museum
“An exquisite collection of art, nature and history, including the history of how people lived in the past compared to the present day. The museum explores cultures of different nations, in order to educate about how different lives for others were, for example the museum explores Japanese culture and history. A museum that’s the perfect size for young visitors – not too little but not too much either!”
  • 72 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Situated in the centre of beautiful historic Bristol - all the stores, lots of independents, some areas undercover.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Bridge
“The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Zoo
“Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and is a fantastic place to visit for adults and children. The zoo is part of Bristol Zoological Society, a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Museum
“Colourful exhibits detailing history of the city and its people in a 1950s' dockside transit shed.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Landmark
“The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol”
  • 104 locals recommend
Art Gallery
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“Various art exhibitions. Or enjoy the outside waterside seating in the summer. 10 minute walk ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Bristols major shopping centre, it is probably a 30 minute walk or an easy 15 minute drive with ample parking. The centre also boasts restaurants and a cinema in addition to shops like Harvey Nichols and Oliver Bonas. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Walk down Park Street pat the imposing Wills building, to this famous independent cinema in the centre of Bristol on the harbourside, which is full of bars and restaurants.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Bar
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“Lively, bohemian and arty bar with regular live music and open late. Draws a mixture of alternative locals and students. Famous graffiti art outside - the stunning 'Breakdancing Jesus', and Banksy's 'Mild, mild West'.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Theatre
“One of the UK’s top, family-friendly provincial theatres, staging West End and Broadway productions from The Lion King to Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. The theatre performs musicals, ballet, concerts, comedians and children’s shows.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Lodging
“£ -St Nicolas market (city centre) various food stalls from around the world. Good daytime eats in town. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Main Bus Station located in the City Centre. National Express Bus Routes to anywhere in the UK as well as Airport Shuttle”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“Climb the tower for breathtaking views across the entire city. 10 minute walk ”
  • 42 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Centre
“Situated in the centre of beautiful historic Bristol - all the stores, lots of independents, some areas undercover.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Bar
“Rustic cafe/bar serving global tapas with an ethical spin, made using local and organic ingredients.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Theatre
“The oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. The theatre offers a wide range of performances from different genres.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Spa
“For a unique spa experience head to Bristol Lido in the heart of Clifton, which features a restored Victorian swimming pool, café and restaurant and wonderful spa that uses their unique Lido Spa products. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“The One-Stop Thali is a trendy award-winning restaurant with a tasty and small menu of Indian food, including veggie and vegan options. It has a café/coffee-shop vibe and is popular with mums with pre-school kids in the morning and at lunchtime, and couples and groups of friends in the evening. They also have a small range of beer and wine, although it's not really a place to go for just a drink.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Bar
“Tapas-style dishes served in a cosy cafe-bar with quirky vintage decor and live music nights.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Fab Indian that serves thali (mixture of curries, salads etc on metal tray).”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best restaurant right in the centre of Clifton village. See the suspension Bridge, do some shopping and and have brunch.”
  • 19 locals recommend

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