Most people head right to the city centre when they visit Bristol, but if you are looking for new things to do, why not head just outside the city centre to Old Market and Redcliffe. The area is rapidly developing, which means you’re about to be spoiled with beautiful architecture, incredible stories, and tons of new things to do! With Temple Meads Railway Station right outside, it’s easy to reach, and you’ll find a range of short term lets and serviced apartments available, too. Let’s talk about some of the things to do in Bristol for your next visit!
You don’t have to go far from the Shopping Quarter to find the Old Market, which means that you’re going to be close by if you look for hotels in the centre. You want to find the bohemian Old Market for somewhere new to explore. It’s packed with history, and there are some of the most historic buildings in the city. With over sixty listed buildings in one area, you can explore a range of new shopping areas with a vast array of independent traders and galleries to enjoy. Head to a local cafe and enjoy a coffee before buying furniture from an independent boutique. With a diverse nightlife, the Old Market achieved the Purple Flag award for safety and diversity. If you’re looking for a traditional pub to stop for a drink or bite to eat then hunt out The Phoenix, which has a great far east inspired menu as well as pub classics.
Temple Meads and Temple Quay
Right at the heart of a developing area is Temple Meads Railway Station. Today, it’s filled with business, commerce, and creativity, and even the station itself has the architecture to be revered! Temple Meads comes directly from Temple Church, built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar. Bristol has its leaning tower in the nearby Temple Meads, with a tower that leans over a metre out of the vertical! Heading over to Temple Quay for an area of the city that is plush with businesses on the waterside. You’ll also find a wide range of cafes and restaurants to enjoy, too!
Right around the bank of the floating harbour is Redcliffe. It’s home to the iconic St Mary Redcliffe Church, which is known as a gothic masterpiece in Bristol. It’s one of the best places to see when you visit Bristol and have been standing for 800 years now. There’s an impressive network of caves just underneath, and there are many entrances to get in. The caves have been used for years for various uses, including the shipping of goods to America. There are plenty of historical tours to enjoy, but the caves are closed to the public throughout the year.
Take a seat outside the River Station and gaze over the water at a row of colourful townhouses. A must on a summers evening.
A new neighbourhood right in the heart of Bristol is always one to be enjoyed, and Finzels Reach is the perfect place to stay in Bristol. It’s one of the hotspots of the city today, with the S-shaped Castle Bridge leading you to beautiful cafes and terraces to enjoy food, drink, and sunshine. With the waterside views and delicious wine-tasting to enjoy, there are plenty of things to do here! You can enjoy Friday street markets and a community of people to get to know.
If you explore Finzels Reach, you must check out LHG Brew Pub – Visit them for brewery tours or for a spot of lunch at Mission Pizze. If you’re lucky, you will get space in the window.