If you’ve never been to Bristol, Winter is a great time to visit. With so many exciting things to do in Bristol, the city is often busy with long queues and little availability in Summer. In Winter, all of the sights are just as beautiful, there is plenty to see and do, there is little wait time and of course, the added festivities of Christmas and New Year’s. While you’re in Bristol, take a day trip to the beautiful city of Bath, a heritage city best known for its Roman-built baths and historical architecture. There are Christmas attractions in both cities, and both are fantastic places to spend a day or two. Book accommodation in PREMIER SUITES Bristol and enjoy the best of both cities from comfortable, flexible serviced apartments.
Spend the day in Bristol
Bristol is better known for its nightlife and big city activities, while Bath is more popular for its museums, historical sights and small-town charm. Bristol is a fantastic destination for a weekend break for all types of travellers from family-friendly trips to romantic breaks for two. It’s a student town that’s very walkable with the buzz of a major city without the expense. Main attractions include the Clifden Suspension Bridge, the excellent Bristol Art Gallery and Museum, on-street Banksy murals, Bristol Zoo and a truly magnificent dining scene.
Not only is it an exciting city with plenty to see and do – it’s also the perfect base to discover the beautiful southwest of England. The distance between Bristol and Bath is around 12 miles, 13.4 miles by road. It’s roughly a 30-minute drive between Bristol & Bath or you can hop on the GWR train that will take you between the two in just over 10 minutes – it’s a no-brainer!
Spend the day in Bath
Bath is more touristy than Bristol and is known for its world-renowned Roman-built baths as well as its historical architecture and many museums. The historic city centre is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to be close to all the major attractions, such as the Roman baths, museums, spas, shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs. Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some brilliant examples of 18th-century architecture and town planning. There are a wealth of well-preserved Roman remains such as temples and baths and its very own hot springs which is said to have healing powers. There are dozens of pretty tea rooms and cafes for a lovely lunch stop too.
Christmas in Bristol
Christmas in Bristol is extra magical! There are market stalls, enchanting light trails, festive events and experiences, and magnificent theatre productions to add to your Bristol bucket list. The Christmas Market in Bristol is located in the very heart of Bristol City Centre and has more than 35 unique stalls with added entertainment and Santa visits. There are a wide selection of traders selling seasonal delights, crafts and unique items, perfect for a Christmas gift you won’t find on the high street. There will be festive food and drink to enjoy too from crepes to Bratwurst and of course some seasonal hot chocolate. New this year is an impressive 15-metre-tall Big Wheel decorated with festive lights and stunning views over the market and the rest of the city.
Christmas in Bath
Every year at Christmas, Bath sparkles with glittering lights and the streets are filled with festive spirit. There are fantastic festive events, panto, Santa visits, beautiful Christmas lights and so much more to look forward to. Shopping is an experience in Bath, especially at the Christmas Market. From Thursday 23 November to Sunday 10 December 2023, Bath will be transformed into a winter wonderland like no other. Featuring over 200 chalets alongside Bath’s most iconic monuments illuminated by fairy lights, the market encourages independent shopping with a huge complement of food and beverage stalls so you can really get in the Christmas spirit. You’re only 10 minutes by train between Bristol and the centre of Bath and it’s the ideal place for an afternoon of Christmas shopping.
Book great value accommodation in PREMIER SUITES Bristol, ideal for a festive family or friends break with all of the comforts of home. Our Festive Cheers offer includes a complimentary Bottle of Prosecco, discounted Christmas offers from many of our local Restaurant and Retail partners and a complimentary late check-out and an early check-in. Our special offers are only available when you book directly.