If you’ve never been to the city of Bristol, then I urge you to go. There are not only so many amazing things to see and do but it’s also a super friendly, creative, vibrant and literally, colourful city that you won’t want to leave. If you’re planning to go for a day or two, then here are my top things to see and do if you have 24 hours in Bristol.
Bristol Suspension Bridge
I think it’s safe to say that when in Bristol, you must visit the landmark, Bristol Suspension Bridge. It’s an incredible engineering marvel, giving you wonderful views over the city. If you head up to the bridge on foot you also get to see the beautiful, colourful houses and pretty shops of Clifton Village. Don’t forget to take your camera because you will be wanting to take a snap or two.
Independent shopping on Gloucester Road
Gloucester Road in the north of the city has the longest stretch of independent shops in the UK that you could easily spend a large chunk of the day here. There are also gorgeous cafes, bars and restaurants serving everything from brunch, lunch, cocktails, coffee, cake and more.
Festivals, theatre, and gigs
If you plan your trip in advance, there are so many great festivals and cultural events you can book to see. From the Harbour Festival in July to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in August and no end of music festivals, comedy gigs and incredible theatre shows. If you’re a big music fan then the chances are you will find a band you want to see.
Bristol is so well known for its street art, that you can’t fail to miss it while you’re there. And being the birthplace of Banksy, this is where he started out with his street art. The city is covered in originals by him; you can even go on a self-guided Banksy walking tour. A great place to go and discover even more street artists’ work is Stokes Croft, not far from Gloucester Road, as well as Southville in Bedminster where the street art is so new you’ll probably see the artist creating it.
If you arrive by train at Temple Meads, then you’ll be able to turn out the station and follow the river into the centre and along to the Harbour side where there’s so much to see and do. From the Aquarium to At-Bristol Science Centre to the M-Shed museum to the Watershed cultural hub, as well as some great shops and restaurants. There are also regular events on such as the Harbour Festival in July, which has loads of music, delicious food, art, dance and so much more.