Bristol lies in the heart of the south west along the River Avon and is known for its creative and offbeat counter culture fueled by activists, artists and a large student population. Look between the rows of Victorian brick terraced housing, revamped harborside warehouses and historic landmarks like the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and you'll likely spot the odd mural from the city's famed street artist Banksy.

    It doesn't matter what floats your boat – there's a shedload to do around these parts, like spotting Asiatic lions at Bristol Zoo, climbing aboard Brunel's SS Great Britain or getting hands-on at the interactive We The Curious science center.

    Where & what to eat in Bristol

    • 8 Places Locals Love to Eat in Bristol

      Bristol has a vibrant dining scene that's steeped in history. While it dates back thousands of years with Iron Age hill forts and Roman villas existing in the area, the city itself didn't receive its official charter until 1155. Bristol's economy relies largely on creative media, heritage and culture. While that can provide some interesting destinations for travelers to visit...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Bristol

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Bristol

      You’ll find plenty of choices when shopping in Bristol. Choose between quirky independent stores filled with second-hand treasures in Park Street and Stokes Croft, or classic main street retailers inside multi-storey complexes. Alternately, you can make you your way to Clifton for upmarket boutiques and antique stores. The Bristol Shopping Quarter is excellent for those who love main...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Bristol

    • 10 Best Nightlife in Bristol

      The nightlife in Bristol has gotten to be among one of the most culturally diverse, inclusive and exciting in the whole of the UK. From traditional speakeasies and live jazz venues to trendy cocktail bars and underground dance music clubs, every taste is catered for here. Whether you’re heading to the UK’s South West for the world-renowned St Paul’s...

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