48 Hours in Bristol

Maybe you’re looking for an alternative to the classic beach staycation, or perhaps you’re thinking about a south-west tour on your way to the holiday hotspots of Cornwall or Devon.

Whatever your plans, there are lots of reasons for making a stop-off at Bristol part of them.

The historic port town is now bustling with culture and fast becoming the arts capital of the UK.

With the likes of Banksy and Massive Attack calling Bristol their home, the city’s certainly earned its the status of ‘cultural hub’.

It’s also the only city in the UK to have more graduates come than go, and is in the process of setting itself up as Britain’s Silicon Valley.

There’s plenty to tickle your fancy here, whatever your interests.

If you’ve only got a couple of days, here are some must-see sights and attractions to tick off your list.


1. Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge really is a sight to behold, and it’s become a symbol of the city itself.

It’s based on a design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, though it was built and opened after he died, in 1864.

It’s now a grade I listed building and is maintained by the £1 toll is costs to make a journey across.

It’s free to walk though, so take a stroll if you dare brave the heights and enjoy breathtaking views of the Avon Gorge below.

Joining Clifton on the one side to Leigh Woods on the other, the bridge connects Bristol to North Somerset and it’s a pretty cool way of visiting two counties in less than 5 minutes.


2. The Pump House

After such spectacular views, you might be in need of some refreshments.

Head to The Pump House and sample some of the hundreds of gins they have to offer.

Built in 1870 to house a hydraulic pump that powered the port’s bridges and lock gates, the pub’s harbor side location is steeped in history.

If you’re coming in from town, why not get a water taxi?

It’s a fun way to get a different perspective on the city and means that you don’t have to walk.


3. Banksy Tour

Banksy might be one of the city’s most famous sons, so fans surely can’t visit Bristol without scouting out some of the artist’s masterpieces.

Go on an organized tour or find the treasures by yourself, one thing’s for sure: you won’t be disappointed.

Our faves are ‘Well Hung Lover’ on Frogmore Street and ‘Mild Mild West’ at The Canteen.


4. Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill is the perfect place to escape the if you’re after a moment of piece and quiet.

Take a trip up Cabot Tower to get amazing views across the whole of Bristol, before going for an amble around the quiet park below.


5. Balloon Fiesta

If you’re visiting in August, the Balloon Fiesta is a must-see.

Running from August 10 – 13, teams from all over the UK bring their hot air balloons and prepare for a mass ascent.

The spectacle is second to none and well worth going to see.

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