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Bristol Guide

Great days out by train

One of the warmest and sunniest cities in the UK, Bristol is the vibrant cultural centre of the South West with history, architecture and arts to enjoy and admire.

Bristol has a range of attractions to visit from Brunel’s SS Great Britain, voted the UK’s Large Attraction of the Year, or the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery which houses world-class collections from Egypt to Pissarro. It’s no wonder the city attracts visitors from all around the world.

Whether you're looking for a great family day out or a romantic weekend away, Bristol has plenty to offer to make it a perfect adventure!

Travel to Bristol from London with our Advance fares for just £12 Standard Class and £20 First Class, one way, when you book early. 

  

Get some inspiration on what to do when visiting Bristol from our list below:

1. Clifton Suspension Bridge

For over 150 years the Clifton Suspension Bridge has been an iconic landmark in Bristol. With breathtaking views and spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge its no wonder the bridge has attracted visitors from around the world.  

Hop on board a number 8 bus to Clifton Village or Christ Church, Clifton – the bridge is a short level walk from either of these bus stops.  

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2. Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Discover what life was like onboard the world’s first great ocean liner by having a go at steering the virtual ship or climbing the main top. Pick up an audio guide and learn about what life was like for the Victorian passengers and crew. The Brunel’s SS Great Britain is a great day out for all and your ticket includes free entry for 12 months so you can keep coming back to explore more.

From Bristol Temple Meads there is a 30 minute walk or a short ferry or bus ride to the ship. 

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3. Colston Hall

Colston Concert Hall has attracted people visiting Bristol and well as the locals for almost 140 years. Holding different types of concerts each month, it is a fantastic place to visit on an evening in the city. This beautiful venue has played host to many well-known acts over the years, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, Queen, Iron Maiden, and more recently acts such as Anastacia and Robbie Williams.

For information on comcerts at Colston Hall, click here.

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4. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Be inspired by the enchanting exhibitions at Bristol’s Museum and Art Gallery.  Explore the Egyptian gallery or have a look at the fascinating fossils in the Geology section.  Take a journey back in time to the dinosaur age and discover the best preserved dinosaurs ever found in Britain – the Scelidosaurus. Wander upstairs to the second floor and explore the array of prints and watercolours as well as ceramics and pottery in the Art Galleries.     

The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery also have dynamic temporary exhibitions throughout the year. 

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Take a look at some of the other fantastic attractions in Bristol:

Bristol Hippodrome

Bristol’s very own West End theatre has been host to many spectacular shows over the years from Les Miserables to Guys and Dolls. You’re spoilt for choice at Bristol Hippodrome with a programme packed with a variety of shows. They also stage opera, ballet and children’s show so there is a performance bound to suit every taste.

Click here to see what’s on at the moment.  

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Shopping in Bristol

Bristol has plenty to offer; with nearly 500 stores and two shopping centres, there is something for everyone. Visit Bristol Broadmead for a selection of high street shops as well as independent boutiques - the roads have been pedestrianised for the comfort of shoppers. Opposite Broadmead is Cabot Circus which offers a diverse range of shops and restaurants. It opened in 2008 and has since received numerous awards; the shopping centre prides itself on being more than a shopping experience.

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Nightlife in Bristol

Bristol has a vast and varied amount of nightlife for you to enjoy, hit the dance floor at one of its many nightclubs or have a few drinks in Bristol’s thriving Harbourside area. Oceana is a favourite among party-goers as well as Syndicate and Panache. If pubs are more your scene Bristol has an impressive list of places to venture too, from city bars to pubs and inns. Bristol also has numerous live music venues which showcase emerging and internationally renowned artists. Click here for a full list of live music events in Bristol. 

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