Bristol may not be the most oft-mentioned of cities among those who have yet to visit. Yet those who take the time to explore this bounteous and oft-overlooked city may just find that it has a grandeur of the big smoke, the reputation for culture, creativity and native wit of Liverpool, a multicultural cool to rival Birmingham and an industrious spirit that stands shoulder to shoulder with that of Manchester. The great thing about Bristol is that while it’s veritably bustling for cool and exciting things to do, most of it is either free or very reasonably priced. Few of Britain’s other major conurbations can say the same! If you’re visiting us for the first time, we absolutely insist that you take the time to check out these coolest things to do in Bristol this Autumn…
Have a cider at the Coronation Tap
Bristolians have a reputation for cider swilling, and if you choose to wet your whistle in our fair city, there are few more favourable places to do so than the tiny Coronation Tap. This low-ceilinged Georgian pub is one of the most renowned drinking spots in town and is home not just to some of the city’s best live music but to some of the most devastating and delicious ciders in the country. The cider is quite strong, so it comes by the half pint, a few rounds at the Corie Tap may put other activities on hold. We suggest finishing your day in instead of starting here!
Check out Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite church
Every city has at least one Holy sanctum of which they’re duly proud, but for the people of Bristol, the St Mary Redcliffe church is a beloved landmark, the pinnacle of the city’s skyline and, according to Queen Elizabeth I “the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England”.
Taste the world at St. Nick’s market
The 18th century exchange building that marks St. Nick’s market was fortunate enough to survive the Blitz unscathed while the surrounding area was decimated. While the building itself is a thriving commercial hub, the adjoining Glass Arcade is home to a plethora of food stalls serving delectable cuisine from around the globe.
Watch the sunset from Cabot Tower
Bristol is a city of peaks and valleys and while a visit is sure to be a great visit for those underused legs, bums and tums, the city is best viewed not from the ground, but from above. Perched atop the picturesque Brandon Hill the 19th century 105-foot tower was built to celebrate John Cabot’s voyage from Bristol to the young continent of North America four centuries ago. Climb its tight spiral staircase to get a breath-taking view of the sunset over our fair and picturesque city.
Prove you ain’t afraid of no ghosts
Any city that’s been a thriving port for over 800 years is going to have some stories to tell and Bristol is no exception. If you’re feeling particularly courageous and fancy a novel way to spend a cold Autumn night, how about joining one of the Haunted and Hidden Walking Tours that leave the College Green every Friday night at 8pm. Get to know the city’s most famous film and TV locations while getting the chance to meet some of her more spectral denizens.
Pop over the iconic suspension Bridge to Leigh woods. It is an ideal place to see the colours of autumn at their best. The woodlands also offer stunning views of the south west side of the Avon Gorge. With a variety of terrains and gradients, the inner-city woods are an excellent place for walkers of all abilities.
Bristol’s Christmas Market
Is it too far away to be talking Christmas? Never! As winter edges its way in don’t forget about the city’s Christmas Market. Open from early November until December 24th, it’s located in the heart of Bristol’s Shopping Quarter, Broadmead. You will find multitude food, drink and craft businesses will be setting up shop in rows of decorative wooden chalets. Head along and grab a gift or simply order a hot drink and bask in the festive atmosphere.
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