Even if you’re able to spare just a weekend for Bristol, there’s still a lot that you can do and make the most of your weekend getaway in this British city. Located about 100 miles from west of London, this city boasts of a lot of things to do, places to see and activities to enjoy for everyone.
If you’re planning a weekend trip here, after you’ve taken airport transfers to Bristol, here’s a list of all that you must do in Bristol. While a weekend is a short time to completely enjoy a city, something is better than nothing. Here are the ‘something’ of Bristol that you definitely shouldn’t miss.
1. History and Culture
The Bristol Cathedral is one of the top places that you must visit on your trip here. This cathedral took 600 years to complete and be ready in its present form. This cathedral was originally a church of the Saint Augustine Abbey, it was then given the status of a cathedral in the year 1542. It has some beautiful patterns and arches that you would love to click.
The next place to see on your list should be the Clifton Suspension Bridge which was built by the famous British engineer I.K. Brunel. This bridge was completed in the year 1864, it took 33 years for the bridge to come in place after its plans were submitted. You can find out more about the construction of the bridge at the information center or you can also opt for a weekend behind-the-scenes tour. There’s also an observatory in the Clifton which will give you a beautiful bird’s eye view of the entire bridge.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is another place that should be on your list. It is a part of the Bristol Museums which is an association of six museums in Bristol. The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has a great collection of Egyptian mummies, wildlife, dinosaurs, gemstones, glass, pottery, oriental arts and a collection of Old Masters as well.
If you can manage to squeeze it in your schedule, also visit the Blaise Castle House, which is a 18th century mansion house and estate. It gives you a perspective and view of the life of a prosperous family. The house has plenty of paintings and it is mainly known for the collection of children’s toys which includes dollhouses, furniture, trains, toy soldiers and more. However, note that the house is closed from January to March.
Bristol has a lot of places to go and see for the nature lovers too. If you want to start your day in Bristol with some cute animals, head to the Bristol Zoo Gardens. This 12 acres of beautiful animal kingdom is home to 200 species of exotic and endangered animals. You will love a day out here because there’s so much to see and enjoy here.
Next you can head to the Ashton Court Estate which was home to the Smyth Family but now it’s a famous, historic park close to the centre of Bristol. It runs over an area of 850 acres which is full of woods and grasslands. It is designed by Humphry Repton.
3. Food and Shopping
To swipe your credit cards and fill up your shopping bags, head to Bristol Shopping Quarter which has hundreds of shops from high end designer stores to independent boutiques and lots of restaurants, cinemas and bars as well.
You can also head to Clifton Village, which is another great place to shop and eat at. This little village has great architecture, passageways, walks, gardens, cafes and bars to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a quiet yet fun getaway from your daily, monotonous life, head to Bristol. For commute and transport services you can either get a VIP chauffeur car on hire or it’s best to walk around the city to capture the vibe and experience the typical city life.