Destinations / City Breaks / Bristol
Bristol is built around the river Avon in southwestern England. The city has a huge seafaring history and all things nautical are celebrated around the harbourside and Great Western Dockyard. In fact, Bristol is often referred to as the city of boats, bridges, balloons and Brunel.
The marvellous Clifton suspension bridge is an iconic symbol of the city. The historic harbour area comes alive with wonderful pirate walks with shivery tales of piracy, slavery and discovery and there are haunted and hidden Bristol tours of ghostly buildings. Apparently the infamous pirate, Blackbeard hailed from Bristol!
In terms of architecture, Bristol Byzantine is unique to the city, but there is great variety and a stunning example of Gothic style in St. Mary Redcliffe Church (one of the finest in all England); Red Lodge Elizabethan house with its walled garden; Tudor mansions of wealthy merchants, Almshouses and public houses. Visit Llandoger Trow in the heart of the city and enjoy a local beer in an atmospheric setting.
Other landmarks in the city include Bristol Cathedral and Cabot Tower or admire "The Matthew", a replica of John Cabot's ship that discovered Newfoundland in 1497. History and gorgeous buildings aside, Bristol is actually a world class shopping mecca with three amazing shopping centres and tons of trendy boutiques, smart stores and intimate backstreet shops. As you wander round, keep an eagle eye posted for some very clever and often politically incorrect grafitti as the famous anti-establishment artist, Banksy, is let loose on the city.
A cultural city, Bristol has a vibrant arts scene and the Royal West of England Academy of Arts (the city's first art gallery) shows a lovely collection of paintings from 19th century to the present day. The Old Vic Theatre, Bristol Hippodrome and Jongleurs Comedy Club will keep you well occupied in the evenings and, together with a vast selection of superb restaurants and bars. boredom is never an option.
Hot air ballooning is a big pastime in the city and the International Balloon Fiesta is held here annually.
There is so much more to the city than you first imagine and the beauty is just exploring and discovering hidden gems at every turn.
Did you know...?
Part of New York City was built on the rubble of Bristol
Bristol is the world's biggest manufacturer of hot air balloons
The chocolate Easter Egg was made in Bristol
Bristol Airport Transfers & Weather
You can get the Airport Flyer Express Bus from the airport to Bristol. It departs every 10 minutes and is a 24 hour bus. It takes approx. 30mins and costs £8 per journey.
You can also get your own private transfer which takes approx. 20mins and costs approx. €35pp return based on 2 people sharing.
* Prices and times for transport from the airport are subject to change