Bristol for a City Break


Posted on: 14 February 2018 by Christopher McKissock

See what Bristol has to offer for city breakers....

Now that 2018 is well and truly underway, you might be thinking about taking a little holiday in the spring for a change of scene. There are all manner of city break options available across Europe; Paris, Barcelona, and Berlin to name but a few.

As these locations are popular with tourists though, you’re likely to find that you’ll be paying above the odds, not to mention what you’ll need to pay for flights over to the continent. If you want to save and opt for a staycation, here’s a few reason why you might want to look at taking a trip to Bristol this spring. You might be surprised at what’s on offer in this often overlooked city…

What to Do

Bristol is the largest city in the West Country and is proud of its maritime past. This is best represented by the SS Great Britain, which is permanently docked on the River Avon, which runs right through the heart of the city. The steamship was designed and built by the famous industrialist Isambard Kingdom Brunel and heralded a new age in shipping. Today the ship serves as a museum for his achievement, which was regarded as being massively ahead of its time.

Another engineering achievement of Brunel is the 702 foot long Clifton suspension bridge that has cross the River Avon since 1836 and is well worth a visit for engineering buffs. For those looking for fresh air, the city park of Brandon Hill offers stunning views and is teeming in local wildlife. Look out for the historic Cabot Tower that was built to commemorate the journey of John Cabot from Bristol to North America in the 15th century.

Where to Eat

If you have travelled to Bristol in search of a culinary adventure, you won’t be disappointed. The city is home to all manner of restaurants and eateries that satisfy a broad range of tastes and budgets. The Bulrush Restaurant on Cotham Road South holds a reputation as being one of the finest in the area, serving up the best in British and European cuisine. For those looking for a broad spectrum of things to try, be sure to check out the 6 course tasting menu.

For those looking for a modern twist on their British cuisine, one of the best places to book a table is Green Restaurant on Zetland Rd. Greens describe their menu as a modern take on traditional British recipes, incorporating a number of influences from France and other parts of Europe.  For those wanting decent food at a decent price, a good shout is the Riverstation. This is a popular spot for a quick lunch and offers quality classic throughout the day.

Where to Stay

Like any reasonably sized city, you can expect to find all the usual suspects when it comes to hotel chains that offer lower priced rooms. If you want to save a bit more money than usual, you can have a look at the many properties that are on offer on Air B&B, as many people would rather go for a self-catering option.

The newly opened Hotel du Vin at Clifton is a must visit hotel for those who want to take a trip with a more luxurious flair and stunning panoramic views of the aforementioned Clifton Suspension Bridge.


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