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September 24, 2020

City Breaks in Bristol

Even during Covid, Bristol’s busy and opportunistic everyday life is as exciting as its nightlife.

by Abi Purvis


There is always something happening on the streets of Bristol, from festivals, to street performance, to markets, and balloon fiesta’s: Bristol city is full of life and activity.

Bristol’s impressiveness can be traced back throughout the decades by its impressive landmarks and architecture.

The detailed walls, ceilings, and stained-glass windows of Bristol’s striking cathedral is dated back to the 1100s. The Holy building is truly a work of art.

But the outstanding landmarks don’t stop there.

Clifton suspension bridge is the symbol of the great city: It overlooks Bristol and crosses the *Avon Gorge giving drivers and pedestrians panoramic views over the entire city and gorge.

*If you like staying in waterside locations then the paintworks lofts on the outskirts of Bristol which sits on the edge of the river Avon will be perfect for you. The are a range of stylish, retro, and modern designed lofts which will show you just how trendy and creative all of Bristol is.

Cabot tower is also not to be missed. A climb up the winding narrow cold stone stairs of this 1890s grade 2 building is sure to guarantee breath-taking views no matter the weather.

                On a scenic tour around Bristol you must take a trip to the floating harbour and walk across Brunel Bridge.

The 70 acres of harbour attracts thousands of people each day and its waters edge hosts café’s, restaurants, pubs, and museums.

The Mshed Museum* sits in a transit shed and gives an insight to Bristol’s dockside life over the years including Bristol’s role in the Slave Trade. Mshed is always hosting new exhibitions that challenge traditions and shows the change of lifestyle in Bristol over the year, and admission is free.

*Just half a kilometre from the docks and harbourside lies an artistic apartment called The Mural. Its outside wall has a house size mural or Bristol’s skyline, and on the interior is a modern suit perfect for couples on a weekend break.

Whilst at the harbourside you can access the SS Great Britain which has a living museum incapsulated within its ship walls. Brunel’s ship was a passenger boat that travelled between Bristol and New York in the 1800s. Visitors of all ages adore this interactive exhibit and museum.

An additional great museum to visit is Bristol Museum and Art gallery. It is just half a mile from the city centre and houses notable collections such as; Eastern art, geology exhibits, delftware, and both historic and modern paintings of the city.

                The street life of Bristol is bustling everywhere you go, but make sure you take in Park Street, white ladies road, and St. Nicks Market.

*Park street is a historic and quirky road filled with original shops, tea rooms, and rustically modern buildings.

*If you like the sound of this you should pick stay in Beech house which is just around the corner. It is a luxury serviced apartment block with impressive and lavish décor in each of the apartments. Have a look and see which of the 14 apartments tickles your fancy.

*White Ladies road is one of Bristol’s most notoriously know roads. It holds White ladies picture house, Bristol broadcasting house, Clifton railway station, and weaves throughout Bristol’s centre. The namesake of the road is debated either be after possible connections with the slave trade or be named after 1746 pub called White ladies Inn.

*Alison Court stems off from White ladies road and is a great location for those who like to be amongst grand buildings and houses. The characterful and modern apartments within this renovated 1970’s bright building provides a place of solace and peacefulness in the midst of a city.

St Nicks market is full of culture and current trends. Its hidden away in the heart of the old city but continues to burn bright with vibrant stalls and independent shops and food stands in a Georgian arcade.

                Within the margins of Bristol city there are 1500 hectares of green space distributed. Castle Park* is one of Bristol’s most popular green spaces for its size, location, and uniqueness of encompassing old castle ruins amongst its grounds.

                *Finzel’s reach apartments have everything on its front door, including views overlooking Castle Park and the river Avon near the heart of Bristol’s centre. These deluxe rooms will have you feeling like a royal guest of Bristol.

Another popular spot for visitors is Bristol zoo. The zoo homes over 300 mammals as a way of encouraging biodiversity and protecting endangered species such as red pandas and pygmy hippos.  It’s only 2 miles from the city centre, but make sure to give yourself plenty of hours here to visit all the exotic and friendly creatures. If you’re staying in Bristol for multiple days you can’t miss a day out here.  

The vibrant streets, astonishing architecture, and inclusive people of Bristol look forward to welcoming you here on your next Staycaytion.

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