The city of Bristol has an interesting and varied history as one of England’s oldest ports. Our military and social histories and our connection with the royals have shaped the city into a bustling, cosmopolitan city welcoming millions of visitors from across the UK and the world each year. Among Bristol’s many tourist attractions are 30 art galleries and a number of parks. Families can enjoy a trip to Bristol Zoo and We The Curious, a science and arts centre that is especially designed to engage young minds. Lovers of alternative art and culture will love the underground music and street art scenes. The possibilities are endless. Let’s look at Bristol through the eyes of a tourist.
Art & Culture in the City
Bristol is well known for its rich heritage and artistic streak. You’re just as likely to find engaging
historical exhibits as you are to find cutting-edge street art adorning public spaces. The impact of Bristol’s talented locals has and continues to be felt across the world. Indulge your love of fine art with a visit to one of the main galleries and museums in Bristol including Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and The Arnolfini. For a more alternative side to Bristol’s art scene, visit Design West, a lively new venue for design on the Bristol harbourside. M shed is another fantastic history museum with a twist, offering guests an insight into life here from prehistoric times to the 21st century.
Shopping in Bristol
Bristol is an excellent spot for shopping, no matter what you’re in the market for. We have dozens of high-street and high-end household names dotted along our busy main streets. Walk a couple of minutes to Cabot Circus, a fantastic shopping centre, providing city centre visitors with over 120 shops including 15 major flagship stores and signature stores Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser. If you’re in the market for something a little more unique and interesting, our independent and local retailers have something to suit every taste and budget. Clifton Village has lots of gorgeous little boutiques with clothing, toys, games decorations and nick-nacks from small businesses. St Nicks Market has Bristol’s biggest collection of eclectic shops, and you can enjoy a whole afternoon of browsing.
Walking Tours Bristol
The best way to get to know a new place, and really get a feel for going off the beaten track is to book a walking tour. Bristol has many themed walking tours taking you through the art, culture and history of our vibrant city. One of our favourites is the Pirates Walking Tour, taking you along the favourite haunts of some of our most infamous residents of the 17th & 18th centuries and the darker side of Bristol’s maritime history. Another great walking tour is Blackbeard to Banksy – taking you through our rich history of invasions, slavers, artists and so much more. Guides are usually locals with a passion for the area and a wealth of knowledge they are only too happy to share with interested tourists.
Day trips from Bristol
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and enjoy parts of wider Bristol you’ll love. A favourite for visitors of all ages is the fascinating Wooky Hole Caves. Experience the magic of the extravagant cave light shows, wander the valley of dinosaurs or relax in the mystical fairy garden complete with a resident witch. It’s an educational and fun day out for the whole family. Another location for a day trip that’s less than 40-minutes drive from PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments in Bristol is Cheddar Gorge. Cheddar Gorge is not only one of Britain’s most spectacular natural landmarks, it’s also an international centre for caving and rock climbing. Enjoy stunning cliffside views and fascinating stalactite show caves learning more about the area and how it was formed.
Book serviced apartment accommodation in Bristol to experience the city like a local. Our well situated serviced apartments and ideal for exploring the best of the city while enjoying home comforts like a spacious living and dining space and a fully equipped kitchen. We offer great value special offers and discounted rates exclusively on our website. We look forward to welcoming you and our team are always on hand to offer local suggestions for Bristol attractions that you’ll love.