24 Jun 2019 - 25 Jun 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Step aside, Shoreditch: these days it's all about Bristol. Home of Massive Attack, Banksy, and er, James May, Brizzle is definitely one of Britain's coolest destinations. The Southwest's largest city is packed with historic attractions, but maintains a youthful atmosphere – thanks in part to its student population. With pop-up bars, a thriving art scene and live music to die for, it's easy to see why hipsters and culture vultures are heading west.
Where to stay in Bristol
The best place to stay in Bristol depends on what you're into: be it restaurants, nightlife or shopping. We've put together a short guide to some of the most popular neighbourhoods. You can use our map view to find hotels in your favourite area of Bristol.
The shopping quarter is bang-smack in the centre of Bristol. This neighbourhood does what it says in the tin, and is known for its fantastic range of shops: from high-street favourites to designer department stores. Hotels in Bristol's shopping quarter (or Broadmead) bring new meaning to the phrase "shop 'til you drop", but are also ideal for older travellers and anyone who enjoys being in the heart of the action. Aside from big shops, attractions in this quarter include St Peter's Church and Castle Park. Top hotels in and around Bristol shopping quarter are the Rock N Bowl Hostel, Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, and the Broadmead Apartment.
Travellers who like to get off the beaten path will appreciate hotels in Clifton. This leafy Georgian suburb has lots of cute cafés, independent boutiques and neighbourhood restaurants to discover. It's also home to top attractions like the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Zoo Gardens. The peaceful atmosphere is ideal for a quiet break. Head further from Bristol city centre and you'll reach the eclectic Clifton Village, which has an abundance of quirky shops selling handmade jewellery and other interesting souvenirs. Hotels in and around Clifton include Channings Hotel, The Rodney Hotel Bristol, and Victoria Square Hotel Clifton Village. With its colourful shopfronts and peaceful atmosphere, Clifton is popular with older travellers and Instagram addicts.
Bristol's harbour dates back to the 11th Century, but today it's one of the city's most contemporary neighbourhoods. This area is home to family attractions like Brunel's SS Great Britain, the world's first ocean liner, and the Bristol Aquarium. The At-Bristol Science Centre should also keep little ones entertained on rainy days. As well as families, Bristol's Harbourside is also popular with nightlife seekers and foodies, as the waterside restaurants are packed with great bars and restaurants. Popular hotels on Bristol's waterfront include Brunel's Place, Kyle Blue Luxury Hostel Boat, and the Ibis Bristol Centre.
Bristol's cultural quarter is a must-visit for hipsters and fans of street art. The area has a bohemian atmosphere, with colourful graffiti decorating every wall. Art fans might even spot some original Banksy pieces. Nightlife seekers will also enjoy a stay in Stokes Croft, as it's home to some of the city's best-loved nightclubs and music bars. If you're looking for a quirky souvenir to bring home, you'll find plenty in the neighbourhood's antique and curio shops. Nearby Gloucester Road is Europe's longest street with solely independent retailers. Hotels near Stokes Croft include the Full Moon Backpackers, Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre, and Hampton by Hilton Bristol City Centre.
The Old Market is one of the most historic areas of Bristol – it's home to more than 60 listed buildings. It's also renowned for its LGBT scene, and has been awarded the Purple Flag for its safe and diverse nightlife. You'll find everything here, from bawdy cabarets to excellent live music (the Trinity Centre is where the Bristol Sound was born). During the day, tourists will enjoy exploring the neighbourhood's bohemian shops and galleries. The Old Market is home to Gardiner Haskins, Bristol's biggest independent department store. Hotels around Bristol Old Market include Ibis Bristol Temple Meads, Brooks Guesthouse Bristol, and Future Inn Bristol.
Loads to do - SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Cabot Tower, Zoo, Aquarium and shopping plus much more.
Surprisingly exceeded my expectations as I sailed in here for the Harbour Festival. It is such a lively place with so many things going on with things to do and the art and general landscaping is just brilliant! A great city.
Home of my mother, as it goes, but also a good night out, in and around the Clifton area at least. Very nice Lebanese restaurant there.
This was a day trip from London and a nice city to visit. We had lunch here and enjoyed walking around the city.