Your Go-To Bristol City Guide

From balloons to bridges, Bristol has it all! In recent years, Bristol has become well-known as one of the UK’s most creative and exciting cities, capturing the hearts of Brits everywhere!

Bristol is proud of its independence, and the entrepreneurial spirit is well and truly alive in this city, which plays host to an abundance of independent shops, restaurants and bars! All in all, Bristol is a must-visit destination for everyone!


First up and right in the heart of the creative quarter, we have The Bristol, just on the harbour side! Having been named as the ‘Best City Break Hotel in the South West’, The Bristol lives up to its name! The modernist façade and warm contemporary design, truly makes this hotel feel like a home away from home. Don’t forget to visit their River Grille Restaurant, complete with lofty dimensions, exquisite floor-to-ceiling windows, harbour side views and some of the best food Bristol has to offer!

Housed in the former Sugar Factory is the sophisticated Hotel Du Vin Bristol! Dating back to the 1700s, this grade II listed warehouse building make it a hotel full of character. Handy for all of Bristol’s main attractions, the hotel is located in the Old City, and right next to Brunel’s SS Great Britain! The hotel’s restaurant ‘Bistro’, also has a Sommelier, so you can discover some of the best wine in Bristol!

Holland House shares it’s unique look with the rich industrial and maritime history that Bristol is known for. As a result, it creates a great feeling of open space and is flooded with natural daylight throughout! It has a great harbour side location and is only 10 minute walk away from the city centre, making it the perfect place for business and leisure!

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Sat in Bristol’s harbour side is the unique Glassboat, a converted 1920s barge (completed with original wooden decks) moored in the River Avon. The menu is full of sophisticated bistro classics, inspired by both British and French cuisine and better yet…its locally sourced!

For those seeking to savour Bristol’s more independent culture, head to the melting pot that is Canteen, a meeting place for the people if you will. Having been awarded 3 stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association and won not one but two Bristol Good Food awards, Canteen has become well known for it’s ethical and vegan-friendly dining, with the added bonus of live music every day of the week!

Pasta Loco is a small Italian restaurant ran by two cousins, which is nestled in between Clifton and Redland! It also happens to be Bristol’s first fresh pasta eatery! Depending on what fresh and seasonal ingredients are on offer, the menu changes fairly regularly, which means you can keep going time and time again and not get bored (not that you would anyway)! Be sure to book though as it can get very busy (there’s usually a 2-3 week wait for a weekend night)!

night cap

As secrets go, a secret room within a secret bar is as secret as you might get! If you didn’t know it existed, you might walk by Hyde & Co, blissfully unaware of the delights within! Tucked away on the Clifton Triangle, this prohibition style bar is the ideal spot to while away the evenings with a cocktail (or three)!

The elegant bar that is The Strawberry Thief, is located on the historic Broad Street, the creative heart of Bristol’s ‘Old City’. This independent bar offers up the most diverse selection of Belgian and UK craft beer, with over 70 beers and ciders on offer every week! If you need to soak up some of that beer then they also have an epic food menu full of locally and ethically sourced ingredients!

This bar was also used in the filming of BBC’s ‘The Trial of Christine Keele’…coming soon to a screen near you!

Nested in the corner of King Street’s famous Beermuda Triangle is The Beer Emporium! Not only is it an excellent bottleshop (over 250 bottles to choose from), it’s also an impressive underground bar, complete with vaulted ceilings and 24 Draught Lines. Any beer geek would be happy to spend endless hours in here!

must see sights

Be wowed by one of the UK’s most famous bridges, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, a true icon of the city (and awesome for getting those all-important insta snaps)! Or why not delve into your creative side and explore the street art in Stokes Croft, you might even spot the odd Banksy (it’s his home town didn’t you know)!

The SS Great Britain is a great trip out for any history buff, the iron-hulled passenger ship, lives on at the same dock from which the great vessel was launched in 1843!

No visit is complete without visiting the Bristol Lido, hidden away in one of Clifton’s back streets is this wonderful outdoor pool and spa. So you can earn your breakfast or lie back and enjoy being pampered!

Now, as for how to end your trip with a bang? Well, that’s another blog post for another time!