An Afternoon in Bristol

Laura Dean-Osgood

Historic, beautiful and lively, Bristol is fast becoming one of the UK’s most popular cities. It's no wonder with all it has to offer.

Bristol offers everything, but at a slower pace to other cities—all surrounded by breathtaking countryside and stunning river and harbour views. The watersides, grand cathederal and university buildings all stand as iconic landmarks in a city that continues to grow and develop—and that the Sunday Times recently described as the UK’s best city to live in.

An afternoon in Bristol

With so much going on, Bristol is perfect for visitors seeking all sorts of entertainment —from theatre at the famed Old Vic, waterside galleries and street festivals to floating clubs, traditional old pubs and pop-up restaurants.

You’re in the West Country, so sample the famous tipple, cider at Clifton’s only ciderhouse, the Coronation Tap—also a popular music venue and host of the yearly Corifest. The Nearby Avon Gorge Hotel complete with huge beer garden has stunning views of Brunel’s magnificent suspension bridge and is a must in warmer months.

For pastures green, head north to Werburgh’s City Farm, home to an award winning café with an unbeatable breakfast. The farm itself, as well as providing a green oasis, has developed a range of services to engage local residents.

Noted for its love, and part in, British art, Bristol is home to many galleries. Be sure to visit the Arnolfini, on Narrow Quay. A vast converted warehouse at the heart of the harbourside, the gallery is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts.

With outstanding natural beauty in every direction, you’re spoilt for choice for outdoor ventures. Among the several large estate grounds in the area is Ashton Court, home to a mansion and 850 acres of grass and woodland. So close to the city, a circular walk from town, over the suspension bridge, is easily done in a few hours.

Shopper’s paradise

Bristol has an extensive network of independent shops as well as more familiar highstreet names. Broadmead, a pedestrianised shopping area, has a wide range of smaller retailers, while St Nicholas Market, is the place for one-off treats, with everything from vintage clothing to bicycles.

For the big names, Bristol’s several shopping malls should sort you out: The Galleries, Cabot Circus and St James’ Arcade are all offer a wide range of brands, and are all close to the city centre.

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