Britain’s port city, Bristol has been where England has met the world for centuries. As a result, it has a multicultural, cosmopolitan vibe unlike most. Underrated as a holiday destination for a long, long time, Bristol is now coming into its own as a cultural, historical, shopping and food centre. Come discover what this wonderful city has to offer, less than two hours by car from London.
Where to go
Take in Britain’s maritime history down at the docks, including an exploration of the SS Great Britain. Enjoy a drink and watch the crowds at Queen Square. Tour impressive merchant’s home from the 18th and 19th centuries. Take in the city’s vibrant music scene, that gave the world several iconic bands. Shop til you drop amongst the cute boutiques near the docks. Relax and let the kids play in one of the city’s many open, green spaces.
Food & Drink
As a longtime port city, Bristol has a number of cuisines that are celebrated and feature as part of the city’s gastronomic scene. Casamia (Lower Guinea Street) does Spanish and Latin American cuisine presented in wonderful, fanciful ways. Lido (Lido, Oakfield Place) features enticing spins on Middle Eastern dishes and has the benefit of being located next to an excellent spa and pool.
Bristol has had a legendary nightlife scene over the years - indeed, the city gave its name to the dubby, groovy trip-hop sound of acts like Massive Attack and Portishead back in the nineties. For a taste of that, head on over to Cosies (34 Portland Square), a wine bar by day, but club by night. For a very, very different night out, try Thekla (East Mud Dock, The Grove), a nightclub hosted on a boat in East Mud Dock that has hosted sets from some of the country’s biggest dance acts.
Where to stay
Our choice for Bristol is the Brooks Guesthouse
. This centrally located, luxury bed and breakfast is ideal for those exploring the city. Rooftop suites afford great views and the gourmet breakfast spreads will get you ready for a day of shopping, wandering and enjoying the sights. How to get there
There are multiple trains to Bristol from London daily from Paddington station.