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Things to do in Bristol


When visiting Bristol for the first time with family or friends, either from other parts of the world or from the United Kingdom, there are a lot of fun activities you can do in the city. Regardless of the purpose of your visit, for business or leisure. Bristol, which is one of South West England’s most bustling cities, offers a stay full of nightlife, great shopping and visits to historic site attractions. When it comes to things to do in Bristol, the list is endless. Let’s take a look at some things you can do in this wonderful city.

Shopping in Bristol

If you are in the city of Bristol, Cabot Circus is a vast shopping centre with over 120 shops including Fat Face, Harvey Nichols, etc. This shopping centre has an array of eateries on the spot with celebrity chef Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie, and Giraffe among others. You can spend some quality time catching up on your favourite movies at the spectacular cinema in the shopping centre. Another shopping centre situated just next to Cabot Circus is The Galleries. This is home to designer stores such as TK Maxx, Waterstones and many other stores; you can spend a few hours shopping in The Galleries, as it is big shopping centre.

Arts and Culture

The M Shed is a fantastic museum exploring Bristol’s past. Its modern design on the city’s historic Harbourside is the perfect setting to find out about how locals have shaped their lives and the city through trade and industry. Exhibits include working steamboats, trains and cranes. The nearby Brunel’s SS Great Britain is the world’s first great ocean liner. Many interactive displays tell the story of Victorian passengers crossing the seas to get to faraway destinations like Australia.

Other Bristol’s historic site attractions include the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Visitor Centre.

No holiday in Bristol is complete without a visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens. Not only will you and your children enjoy the vast array of exhibits, but your visit also supports the Zoo’s mission to conserve endangered species and habitats. The Zoo is designed as a loop, with the Coral Cafe conveniently situated near the halfway mark, making it an ideal stop for lunch.

The City Museum and Art Gallery on Queen’s Road, is the ideal starting point for art discovery. Housed in an elegant Edwardian Baroque building, the gallery is an impressive architectural wonder and contains some of the best art exhibits and historical collections in Bristol. The museum also houses an impressive collection of Chinese art and ceramics, natural history, Egyptology, local glassware and archaeology. The Bristol Industrial Museum on Princes Wharf is an excellent venue to unearth interesting titbits about the city’s history, including Bristol’s colourful transport history and its part in the slave trade.

The Bristol Hippodrome, which is one of UK’s top provincial theatres, which caters for all, ranging from the fans of ballet, opera concerts, and comedians to children’s shows. There is always something for everyone at the Bristol Hippodrome.

The wonderful Bristol Aquarium, The SeaQuarium is located on the promenade sea front in Weston Super Mare, which offers a very close encounter with colourful sea creatures. You can walk under the waves; see Sharks, Rays, Seahorses, and Lionfish etc. with your ticket, which is valid all day.