Arnolfini gallery at Bristol harbour

Things to do in Bristol

With its wealth of landmarks, shops, cafes, restaurants and museums you will not be short of things to do in Bristol. Renowned for its leisure and food scene, Bristol truly has so much to explore. Below are our top picks of places to visit during your stay.

At the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts. It has a programme of contemporary art exhibitions, artist’s performance, music and dance events, poetry and book readings, talks, lectures and cinema.

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Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is free to enter and hosts wonderful collections of art, nature and history. With regularly changing exhibitions, you’ll be sure to find out something new after every visit.

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Based in the centre of Clifton Village, this unique and beautiful Victorian shopping arcade houses some of the most unusual independent retailers in Bristol.


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Free to enter, the M Shed is a museum all about Bristol and its history. Explore the city through time: its places, its people and their stories.

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If shopping is your thing, then head to Cabot Circus. The city’s largest shopping centre, this centre features many high street shops, cafes and restaurants. 

Visit https://www.cabotcircus.comfor more information.

This cathedral is the only hall church Cathedral in England.

Formally the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Bristol Cathedral is located by College Green in the centre. 

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This cathedral is the only hall church Cathedral in England.

Formally the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Bristol Cathedral is located by College Green in the centre. 

Visit for more information.

Covering an area of 70 acres, this dock once hosted sailors and merchants where they would trade goods and set sail for voyages. Today, this beautiful Harbourside is filled with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels.


Another of Brunel’s creations, this ship is one of the most important ships in the world.

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The Clifton Observatory, Camera Obscura and Cave sits above the Avon Gorge offering superb views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the city of Bristol.

Orgininally built in 1766, it stands as an iconic piece of English heritage and is definitely worth a visit. For more information, visit

The first of its kind in England, The Wave is an inland-surfing destination where everyone can surf on consistent safe waves all year round.

Its Wavegarden Cove technology provides over 1,000 waves an hour providing a surfing experience designed for all.

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Did you know that Clifton Suspension Bridge is the most Instagrammable place in Bristol and the seventh most popular place in the whole of the UK?

It is arguably Bristol’s most recognisable structure, famously designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

A wildlife conservation park in South Gloucestershire, just outside Bristol, run by the Bristol Zoological Society.

A fun family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning.

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Tourist information is a comprehensive website with information on everything Bristol. 

The Bristol Tourist Information centre is open Mon- Sat 10.00-17.00.

E Shed, 1 Canons Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX.



To find out about door to door journey information for all modes of transport visit:


By Bus

There are regular bus routes running all around the city.

For all routes and timetables:


City Sightseeing Bus 

0117 971 9279

Tickets are on sale at the Tourist Information Centre. 


By Train 

Great Western Railway and other major train operators run local, regional and inner city services from Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. 



By Car

Bristol has plenty of car parks including the 2,600 spaces in Cabot Circus shopping centre. 

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There is also a Park and Ride service running from three different points of the city running into the centre. 


By Ferry 

There are two ferry operators: Number Seven Boats and Bristol Ferry Boats, which offer regular ferry services to and from waterfront attractions and points along the harbourside.



Bristol is the first ‘cycling city’ aimed to encourage more people to cycle. Because of this, there are numerous cycle lanes running around it. 


By E-Scooter

New to the city, Voi Scooters are now an easy and sustainable way to travel around the city. Voi was built on a vision of cities free from noise and pollution and champion a transition towards shared, multimodal and zero- emission mobility.

Whatever your taste in music, Bristol will have something for you.

Bristol’s O2 Academy and Bristol Beacon are the city’s largest venues, whilst slightly smaller venues, attracting an eclectic mix of music, include The Old DukeThe Exchange and the former cargo ship Thekla. With bands performing daily across the many bars across the city, live music is never too far away!

Brandon Hill

This historical park is the oldest park in Bristol!

Situated in the middle of it is Cabot Tower, built in 1897 to commemorate John Cabot’s voyage from Bristol and North America. Designed by Bristol architect William Venn Gough, the tower is free to climb up.

The views form this park enable you to see a vast amount of the city and the historical Harbourside and view all that Bristol has to offer.

Address: Park St, Bristol BS1 5RR


Berkeley Square

Berkeley Square is close to Park Street and was created around 1790 in a Georgian style with a central grass area behind railings by Thomas and William Paty.

Numbers 12-18 were damaged during the Bristol Blitz in World War II and were later rebuilt to maintain the same facade.


College Green

Located at the bottom of Park Street, College Green is most famously known for being at the front of Bristol’s City Hall, College green is surrounded by a number of important public buildings.

This green is a popular place for young people to meet and due to its closeness to the City Hall it often finds itself the main meeting point for protests against government policy. It is also a regular venue for media launches, charity fundraisers and product launches.

Most recently on the 29th February 2020, College Green gained its worldwide attention with the Youth Strike 4 Climate protest run by Greta Thunberg. Over 30,000 people joined her in this protest seeing the green trampled turning it into mud. However, with the generosity of people through a fundraising page, the green was restored in a matter of days.

More on the history of the park here.

Address: College Green, Bristol, BS1 5UY


Castle park 

Situated just off Bristol Bridge, this city centre park is ladened with historical memories. Within the centre of the park is the Grade II listed St Peter’s Church which features remains of the Bristol Castle’s keep, walls and Vaults which were bombed in World War II. The castle that used to be here was one of the largest castles in the country during its time. The steps that still exist were host to an underground route from the castle that could help occupiers communicate with others in the outside world.

There are also a number of silver birch trees lined within the park that were planted in memory of the seven beaches of the D-Day landings and there is also a plaque with all the names of the victims of the 1940 air raid. You can also sit amongst memorial trees planted in honour of Anne Frank.

The park also includes a physics garden for growing medicinal plants that is maintained by St Mungo’s Broadway, plus there is a bandstand used for events and music sessions.

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You can also explore their leaf trail, should you wish to explore the trees and leaves of this park, which can be found here.

Address: Broad Weir, Bristol BS1 3XB


Queen’s square 

Situated between the Harbourside and the old city, Queen’s square is a central park home to an array of beautiful Georgian townhouses.

The square was hurt during the Bristol Riots of 1831. Nearly 100 of the buildings located in and close to the square were burnt to the ground. Hundreds of protestors died and rebuilding of this square took over 80 years.

Today it is home to a number of pop up festivals and is regularly used for leisure, sunbathing and social gatherings. 

Address: Bristol BS1 4LH

Bristol is renowned for its food scene. With the centre offering an array of places to go, there is also Whiteladies Road, which offers an array of tasty eateries, from cosy cafes to fine dining experiences is close to all of our apartments.

Whether you’re after sushi, tapas, pizza or pub food, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for either along Whiteladies Road or in the vicinity.

Cotham Hill is also worth a visit and buzzing with independent restaurants.