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Whether you are a newbie to Bristol, or you are heading here for a visit, we’ve got some excellent suggestions to blow your mind. Checking off that bucket list is easy to do when you visit Bristol. The rich history, delicious food, and stunning scenery will reel you in and give you the experience of a lifetime. So, let’s check out a bucket list of things to do in Bristol that’ll change your life.
Cabot Tower (Brandon Hill)
Built-in 1897, Cabot Tower stands at 105ft and can be seen through the city. Head up on a sunny day and take in the views before a picnic at Brandon Hill to top off the day.
Brandon Hill is the oldest park in Bristol, where you can enjoy great views over the city and Harbourside area. Located just off Park Street in the West End, Brandon Hill features a children’s play area, beautiful paths and a nature conservation area, and of course the icon of Bristol’s skyline, Cabot Tower. It is free to climb up the steep, twisting steps of the tower, which is open daily.
There’s something about watching the boats in the harbour, and you can take a tour down the harbourside to look at the Matthew, the vessel that took John Cabot to Newfoundland. Head to any number of places for lunch along the water and soak up the sun along with a slice of history.
Bristol Ferry Boats provide a scheduled waterbus service around Bristol’s unique Floating Harbour 364 days of the year come rain or shine and have done for 40 years. Visitors and locals alike can hop on and off their boats at any of their 17 stops.
Do you love to party? King St should be a bucket list item for those who like to pull on their dancing shoes. From King William to the Old Duke, there’s music, craft ales, and scrumpy to enjoy for the perfect night out!
The Clifton Suspension Bridge – it’s got to be on the bucket list! A trip to Bristol is not complete without getting a snap of the iconic bridge.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.
Where to get the best view of Clifton Suspension Bridge? There is a good view from the terrace of the Avon Gorge Hotel. You can’t drive up to the Observatory, you can usually find a spot around the green or in one of the side roads in Clifton. Alternatively, there’s a layby on the faar side of the bridge near the Visitor Centre.
Get your camera out; you’re going to need it, then head to the White Lion for a pint with a view!
If your bucket list includes some challenges, this one will push you! The original home to Bristol’s smugglers, the Redcliffe Caves, is a human-made claustrophobic dream (or nightmare?). Ghost hunts and tours are aplenty, and if you’re not a fan of enclosed spaces, you may want to give this one a miss!
Hot air balloon lovers must watch the gentle whoosh of hundreds and hundreds of balloons ascending into the clouds.
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is held annually in England. Teams from the UK and other parts of the world bring their hot air balloons to the site and participate in mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons may launch at a time.
The Lido is a cool, urban oasis tucked inside a courtyard of Georgian Terraces, nestled at the heart of historic Clifton, comprising of a spa, restaurant, outdoor heated pool, sauna, hot tub and steam room.
Whether you’re looking for deep relaxation, mood enhancement, body rejuvenation or simply a blissful facial, the talented therapists will find the perfect treatment for you.
Bristol is Banksy’s hometown so, as you would expect you can find many of his most famous pieces scattered around the City. As you explore the City, you will see many other creative displays from local artists. Check out our “soo artsy” blog to find the best places to get an instagrammable shot.
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