5 ways to experience Bristol

There are so many reasons to visit Bristol, it’s hard to pick the just 5 reasons to go there! So instead, we’ve come up with 5 different ways to experience the bustling city.

If you’re impressed by Banksy and Brunel or you’re looking for a brilliant budget break, here are some of the great ways to experience Bristol.

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    The Boy Wonder...Banksy

    Banksy is now a world-famous artist, but his hometown proudly boasts some of his earliest work is hidden around the city. If you’re a Banksy aficionado or you’re just intrigued by what can be done with a spray can, spend a day taking the Visit Bristol self-guided walking tour of the city to see his work – you won’t be disappointed!

    The Masked Gorilla and The Girl With The Pierced Eardrum are the two we think you should definitely see.

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    More more more...museums!

    Bristol has lots of free things to do across the city, including an impressive line-up of free museums that we think tops the list!
    There’s a full list of the museums you can visit if you click below, but here are a few of our recommendations…
    M Shed: An exciting and innovative flagship museum for Bristol, full of exhibitions and a packed events schedule.
    Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: The established museum tells the story of our world in every display, from the beginning of time to the present day.
    Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate: Unique mansion that houses some stunning period costumes and everyday Victorian objects, including model trains, dolls and toys

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    Ahoy there...

    If you like to be near or on the water, the city has lots to offer.
    Spend the day exploring Bristol’s no. 1 attraction, Brunel’s ss Great Britain. The iconic steam ship, referred to as ‘the ship that changed the world’, transports you back in time to the Victorian hey-day of the ship. With the opportunity to go below deck, take part in maritime challenges and learn more about her heritage being just a few of the things you can do on your visit, it will be a day to remember.
    Staying with the water theme, a visit to Harbourside will top off your trip nicely. If you want to chill out, there are some great restaurants and bars. If you’re with the family, there is an aquarium and the amazing @ Bristol Science Centre that offer fun for the whole family.

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    Shop until you drop!

    Bristol is a shoppers paradise…so much so that the hotels offer stay and shop packages!
    You can immerse yourself in Cabot Circus for the day or explore the fantastic range of independent shops in Bristol, then head to one of the stylish hotels ready to look after you. The Holiday Inn stay and shop package includes £30 shopping vouchers, welcome drinks and full use of the health club, so you can unwind in the sauna after a long day in the shops!

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    Keep on climbing

    Something for the adventure lovers is Bristol’s choice of rock-climbing opportunities on a variety of cliffs, outcrops, and quarries.
    From the historic Avon Gorge to the smaller limestone quarries, there are over 3000 climbs to suit everyone from beginners to experienced climbers.