If ever there was a city with a story to tell, it’s Bristol. Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has a distinctive identity that outrivals anywhere else. Grounded in roots from centuries past, passionate locals and spirited fans have helped carve out its character ever since.
Venture into an exciting animal kingdom bringing you face-to-face with over 400 species of adorable, exotic and endangered animals from all over the world. Visitors can discover the gorilla house, the monkey jungle, reptile house and explore the seal and penguin coast. Get hands-on with daily animal shows, feeds and talks, while the more adventurous can tackle the aerial rope course and zip wires, and the little ones enjoy the fantastic playground and playing field.Find out more
The Wellington is the perfect venue for a pre-match pint as its only a stone’s throw away from the Memorial Ground, home of the Pirates, Bristol Rovers. Across the city is also the recently re-developed Ashton Gate Stadium, where Football Championship side Bristol City and Bristol Rugby entertain up to 27,000 fans week in and week out.
Once bustling with merchants trading goods and sailors setting off on voyages of discovery, Bristol's Harbourside is now filled with bars, shops and an award-winning visitor centre for Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the ship which changed the world. Stroll along the water’s edge discovering the central hub, Millennium Square and enjoy a host of sporting activities including rowing, yachting, cycling and paddle boarding.Find Out More
A visit to central Bristol’s Shopping Quarter will not leave you disappointed. With two covered shopping areas, Cabot Circus and The Galleries, you’ll find favourite high street stores, designer brands, independent shops and department stores in equal measure. Out-of-town you will also find The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, home to Bristol Fashion Week and Winter Wonderland with the largest outdoor ice rink in the South West.
The symbol of the city, Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge, has spanned the picturesque Avon Gorge for over 150 years with its upkeep and visitor centre funded entirely by tolls. Opening to the public in 1864, the bridge has hosted cultural events including the first modern bungee jump in 1979 and Concorde’s farewell flight in 2003. Don't miss the nearby observatory, camera obscura and caves too!Find Out More
Bristol is home to a variety of artistic and creative talent showcased with art galleries and museums including Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, the Arnolfini and the M Shed. The city regularly plays host to an exciting programme of fashion, aviation, design, photography, and dance exhibitions as well as boasting a thriving theatrical scene with its own West End Theatre, the Bristol Hippodrome, renowned venues including Bristol Old Vic and the Tobacco Factory Theatres, and not forgetting the Colston Hall which presents concerts and entertainment by major names in rock, pop, jazz, folk, world and classical music.
After a short journey by bus or train you will find yourself in Bristol’s neighbouring city, Bath, which has been attracting visitors for centuries. Surrounded by beautiful countryside the Georgian city is renowned for it’s thermal springs, Roman baths, stunning architecture and rich culture. For those who love craft ale, our top reccomendation is of course a Bath Ales Brewery Tour, rounded off with a visit to Bath Ales’ flagship restaurant Graze Bar & Chophouse or a stop-off in one of their smaller watering holes as you put your feet up and relax from a busy day of exploring and shopping by foot.Find Out More