Bristol: More than bridges, boats and balloons
27 March 2020
Bristol is considered one of the most vibrant, relaxed and fun cities within the UK. The centre itself is a thriving cosmopolitan city, but venture just outside of Bristol and the countryside is right on your doorstep.
Rolling green hills, breath-taking views, farmers’ fields and thick forests are never too far away from you. With its own international airport and easy access to London via the M4 motorway, travelling is no problem.
There are so many fantastic reasons to make Bristol your home, read on to find out what’s top of our list.
Fancy a drink?
Bristol is renowned for having some of the best bars and cafes outside of London. Whatever you are looking for, there is something for everyone.
There are speakeasy bars hidden underground or behind unassuming doors, bars with quirky interiors, bars with terraces that are perfect for summer nights, bars on boats and beer emporiums, and that’s just a quick snapshot. Needless to say, you don’t need to look far to have a great evening in Bristol.
A B(l)ank(sy) canvas
Bristol has a rich vibrant culture that can be experienced on every corner. From its industrial history to modern festivals and spectacles, the city has a lot to offer to its residents.
You cannot talk about Bristol without mentioning the phenomenal street art that adorns many of the city’s buildings. Banksy is now a world-famous artist, whose work has sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds. But once, he was just another kid growing up in Bristol, with a can of spray paint in his hands. As a result, some of his earliest work is hidden around the city, and spotting it is an absolute must for fans.
There are several original pieces located throughout the city, although another could pop up at any time! The latest Banksy piece appeared on Marsh Lane in Barton Hill and shows a girl firing a catapult full of red flowers onto the side of a house. Many of the pieces are controversial and Banksy is well-known for shining a spotlight on social issues and difficult subjects. Some of his most famous pieces in Bristol are: The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum, Mild Mild West and The Grim Reaper, to name a few.
Whoever had the brilliant idea of painting most of Bristol’s houses in candy colours should also be given a medal. No one knows who started the trend, but it obviously caught on, as rows of terraced houses around the city sit like rectangular rainbows, making even the greyest of days come to life. Not sure where to start? Cliftonwood Crescent is one of the most famous of Bristol’s colourful streets, and it’s right around the corner from the stunning Clifton Village.
Attractions in Bristol are second to none and there are so many to choose from. Did you know Bristol is the birthplace of Wallace and Gromit, or that Ribena was invented here? There are so many great places to explore in Bristol but just some of the highlights include the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge completed in 1864, the SS Great Britain – which is celebrating two big anniversaries in 2020 – and Bristol Zoo, which is home to more than 400 species of exotic and endangered animals from across the globe.
Shop till you drop
Like any city, Bristol’s not short on places to shop. Why not stroll between the hundreds of shops in Bristol Shopping Quarter, from Harvey Nichols in Cabot Circus to the UK’s second largest Primark? How about an indie shopping spree on Park Street, Gloucester Road, St Nicholas Market, Christmas Steps or North Street? These are just some of the city’s best-known areas for independent shops whilst those looking for a little throwback will be satisfied with something vintage from Beyond Retro.
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