Bristol


Bristol ranks fourth in England’s top visited towns, thanks to its marine history and plenty of attractions. Tourists don’t have problems finding hotels and restaurants, and there are plenty of festivals going on here during summer.

Location

It is located in South West England and is an excellent base for exploring the West Country.

How to get to

The city is served by Bristol International Airport (BRS), the ninth busiest airport in the United Kingdom. It is not a hub or base for any airline but receives direct flights from cities in Europe. Both EasyJet and Ryanair have a strong presence here. The airport is connected to the city by a bus (the express takes about 45 min ).

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Another option is to fly into either London or Birmingham and then travel by train for the rest of the journey. Bristol is also connected by train to Bath, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Plymouth, Southampton, Swansea and York.

The station serving Bristol is the oldest, continuously and still operating railway station in the world. It is located just 15 min from the city center.

Both National Express and Mega Bus operate routes between Bristol and other cities in England. The journey time from London is 2h 30 min.

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Weather

Bristol is one of the warmest cities in the UK and is also among the sunniest. Rain falls year round, but autumn and winter are the wettest times of the year. Snow can fall between November and April, but not often and it doesn’t always set. Summer is drier and warm, but spring is quite unpredictable.

Sample temperatures:
Jan avg high 7C / avg low 3C
Mar avg high 10C / avg low 5C
Jul avg high 21C / avg low 14C
Oct avg high 13C /avg low 8C

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Where to stay

There are enough choices for hostels in Bristol, so if you are looking for a budget place to stay, you don’t have to do a lot of search. Mid-range and high end hotels are also available. If you plan to visit the city during summer or a special event, make sure to book the accommodation ahead of time.

What to do

Bristol is filled with things to do. Some cost money but some are entirely free, so you can easily plan your vacation budget. Start with visiting the Bristol City Arad Gallery, which exhibits a variety of artists, old and modern.

Since 1864, The Clifton Suspension Bridge has been the landmark of Bristol. You shouldn’t miss it either. Walking on it is cheap and fun. The John Wesley Chapel has been restored to its former glory and can be visited for free. Bristol Cathedral is also amazing.

If you feel like getting a bit of exercise in during your vacation, the South Bristol Circular Walk can be done entirely (23 miles) or in parts. Put on your walking shoes, grab your camera , some snacks and start exploring.

You can also visit the famous Bristol Blue Glass Factory, see a Roman villa or take a day trip to Cheddar Gorge and enjoy the panoramic views.

In the old city, don’t miss Queen Square , or you can take a walking tour of the city in case you want to learn more about it in a fun and easy way. Or take the kids on pirate walks.

Generally speaking, if you are here for the sights, you’ll most likely explore Harbourside and the Old City. Clifton is where you’ll find the famous bridge and the zoo, among other interesting sights.

A variety of festivals and events take place here so, if you plan to catch any of them, plan your vacation ahead of time so that you can still find affordable accommodation.

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