Talk to anyone from Bristol about a must-see Bristolian spot and you’re guaranteed to be told about the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. With views across the Gorge and the entire city, this is a fun and romantic location to visit. Walk across the bridge, drive over for a small toll fee or simply sit on the surrounding grass or in a local pub and soak up the views. Don’t miss how it lights up at night.
As one of the UK’s largest science centres, At-Bristol offers a fun day out for the entire family. Located right in the centre of town, the museum is easily accessible. There’s even a 3D Planetarium.
If you’re brave enough to walk up the steep hill of Park Street (we’re only joking, it’s not that steep), then you’ll come across a number of cool and quirky stores, plenty of places for coffee, food and drinks and even a park area halfway up. Don’t miss the chance to snap a picture of the infamous Banksy piece, located at the bottom of Park Str.
Bristol is well known for its diverse culture and the Stokes Croft area located just outside of the city centre, is definitely the most vibrant district in the city. Expect to see lots of street art, cool independent stores and plenty of quirky places to eat.
This outdoor space is the park that we touched on earlier, located halfway up Park Street. With plenty of green space, although a little hilly, this is a great place to sit in the sun after a day of shopping.
Situated in a park on Brandon Hill, this Grade-II listed building was built in the 1890s to commemorate John Cabot. Stand on the platforms at the top of the tower to see amazing views across the city.
Head to this long-establish zoo to encounter some amazing exotic species from around the world, including monkeys, lions and even gorillas.
This garden space in the centre of Bristol is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to sit and have a moment of peace. Be sure to check out the equestrian statue of William III located right in the middle of the Square.
SS Great Britain
Brunel’s SS Great Britain is a huge ship which has taken up residence in the Bristol Harbour. Launched in 1843, you can visit the ship and soak up its history and marvel at its structure. There are a bunch of different events held here throughout the year, from sports to literary-themed days, so keep an eye on the calendar for something that takes your fancy.
The Arnolfini art gallery is legendary amongst the Bristol locals and not just for the incredible exhibitions that are on display here. As well as being home to a café-bar which is perfect for enjoying a post-exhibition coffee or glass of wine, there’s also an in-house book shop boasting a range of different specialist publications. In the summer months, swarms of people sit outside the building along the harbourside to enjoy the views.
Bringing us onto our next must-see spot, taking a stroll around Bristol Harbour is something that everyone has to experience when visiting the city. With pretty views of the bobbing boats and an abundance of pubs to stop off in for a tipple along the way, this is a great way to spend your day.
The recently opened Cargo at Wapping Wharf consists of a number of different ‘containers’, which are essentially little pop-up shops housing everything from a yoga studio to a bubble tea shop, boasting stunning views across the water.
Just across from Cargo, the M Shed museum is a huge space offering a number of exciting exhibitions for people of all ages to enjoy. There’s even huge working exhibits outside the building that you can see when the museum is closed, such as the electric cranes and Fairbairn Steam crane.
If vast, rolling green space is what your heart desires, then a visit to Clifton Downs is a must. Head down with family and friends, take a picnic and enjoy hours of fresh air in the great outdoors.
Right at the bottom of Park Street, College Green, or ‘The Green’ to locals is a public open space, which takes the form of a segment of a circle with its apex pointing east, sat under the nose of Bristol Library.