Bristol Information : A Guide for Visitors to the City


Sitting on the River Avon, Bristol is a city in the south west corner of England in the United Kingdom. It has an exciting maritime history full of stories of merchants, sailors and fisherman. The Harbourside port which used to be the centre of the city and the hub for all export and import, is now a cultural hot spot. The harbour and its 19th century buildings, including warehouses and blocks, is now packed with bars, restaurants and shopping.

A fascinating fact of Bristol is that it is the ninth largest economy in worldwide cities by GDP. At over £46.2 billion in trade it’s easy to see why the city is vibrant, busy and an extremely popular place to live and do business. The population has recently grown over the 500,000 mark and is expected to keep going up as the welfare and living standards continue to remain high. A land of opportunity for some and a gateway to the more rural counties in the southwest. This city is at the forefront of popular British diversity, economy and leisure.

There are a whole host of first class hotels, B&Bs and other places to stay. This gives visitors the opportunity to explore the popular tourist attractions and experience the music and restaurant scene. This is a quick account on all that is great about Bristol and it is a sneak preview into how our life is made so special because of living here.

It is by no means an exhaustive list – I could have written for days, but hopefully I am highlighting the best of what we have to offer the travellers of the world that come to us to stay.

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Accomodation in Bristol

Here is a top 6 list of accommodation including 5 star luxury, boutique hotels and downright budget and cheap!

Berwick Lodge

This hotel is superb value based on how luxurious it is. The Edwardian mansion could get away with charging multiple hundreds of pounds per night but with a starting price of £84 per night, it’s a steal! Its on the edge of northern Bristol and is located within country gardens that really steels itself away from inner city life. But hop in a taxi or nearby bus and you are in the centre within no time at all.

Bristol Harbour Hotel

This is a boutique hotel with a lovely style and character. It has some traditional design but is also quite quirky which really adds to the unique appeal of staying here. The location is absolutely ideal opposite the old exchange building on the harbourside and quick access to all the fabulous shops, restaurants and bars.

The building has been converted from two banks, and tucked away in one of the old vaults is a luxury spa. This includes a gym, hydrotherapy pool and treatment rooms. This hotel is really for the luxury traveller who wants to indulge during their stay in Bristol

Paintworks Appartments

The Paintworks consists of 5 self-contained flats in the style of open plan urban living. It’s a former paint factory down the Bath Road and is on the outskirts amongst another complex of art and film studios. It’s a 10 minute drive into town centre and only cost around £8 by taxi, there are local bus routes from here as well.

Beech House

This is another set of private self-contained apartments situated in the buzz of Clifton precinct. Its only around the corner from the popular BBC Natural History unit and near to a lot of top bars and restaurants. It has a great selection of nearby public transport making it an incredibly popular base for a Bristol stay.

Brooks Guesthouse

This is an affordable hotel built from an old office building, situated ion the old city. The offer of affordable rooms is also complemented with unique “rocket” caravans on the roof. This gives a city festival experience and a lot of fun particularly for young couples and families.

The rooms are quite small and it has a more B&B feel than hotel but the place is smoothly run by the owners and every guest has a nice personal service that keeps them coming back year after year.

The Curious Cabinet

The style and character of this unique building means it’s a great getaway from the sterile, plain chain hotels in the city. The owner is an artist and she has brought in her flair of quirky items and decoration that gives a really magical interior design. This makes a stay here a really entertaining and informal but with the facilities you need. Including good Wi-Fi and a nice enjoyable breakfast dining experience

Popular places to Visit

The city of Bristol is stacked with memories of the past, the history and heritage is highlighted by a trip to the Cathedral and the Lord Mayors Chapel. But it is an absolute must to visit the M Shed History museum which really educates and describes the real history and life story of the city.

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The museum begins the story in prehistoric times all the way up to modern times and current affairs. The beauty of this museum is that its free to the public and will delight with its 150 digitalised films exploring the maritime past and slave trade.

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

This is an absolute must! Visit the true spectacle and experience of the SS Great Britain and you will visit the past and experience the true environment of life at sea in the trade. This ship which was rescued from ruin and wreckage in the seventies, has been fully restored and recreated. This gives you a time machine visit to the kitchens, cabins, dining room and doctors’ surgery of the ships historical past voyages. A fantastic experience for children and adults alike.

Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

Avon Valley is a place to meet creatures of every kind imaginable, including Shetland Ponies, Pigs, Goats, Donkeys, Rabbits, Snakes, Alpaca, Wallabies, Red and Fallow Deer, Rare Breed Cattle and Sheep and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Appreciate fun and experience with the 1 and ½ mile Riverside Walk, outside play on bespoke vast and little play hardware, electric quad bicycles, deterrent courses, drop slides, pedal go-trucks, small scale golf, trains, tractor rides, climbing divider, extensive sand pit, a substantial indoor play horse shelter.

Whatever the climate, there’s continually something fun occurring for the duration of the day with creature shows, talks and taking care of, all set in 80 sections of land of lovely wide open. Or on the other hand their officers are dependably close by to give excitement fun amusements, exercises and artworks.

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle is a lovely and memorable Castle, started in 1154 and still the home of the Berkeley family. It is an extraordinary outing for all the family, facilitating exceptional occasions amid school occasions and consistently.

The Castle, which commands the Vale of Berkeley, is saturated with more than 860 long periods of British history. It is best known as the scene of the ruthless murder of Edward II in 1327 and for being assaulted by Parliamentary troops in 1645. More than 24 ages of Berkeley’s have bit by bit changed a Norman stronghold into the dazzling family home it is today.

The state lofts contain heavenly accumulations of furniture, uncommon artistic creations and English and mainland embroidered works of art. A portion of the world acclaimed Berkeley silver is in plain view in the Dining Room and numerous different rooms including the Great Hall, the Morning Room (the previous medieval sanctuary, with its exceptional painted roof) and the kitchens are accessible to see.


Restaurants in Bristol

The Ox

A place hidden underneath a Weatherspoon, this eatery really serves up fine meat cooking. Similar in style to some of Londons “steak and Cocktail” restaurants, this place really doesn’t disappoint. Particularly the value in its steak and wine early evening special is one to try. Other unusual dishes include Dorset snails with bourguinnon sauce.

Wallfish Bistro



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