what to do in Bristol

29 Mar Top Things to do in Bristol

When planning a city break, it can be hard to decide what attractions you should see, which destinations are the best, and which are the most Instagram-friendly. Here at Citybase Apartments we want you to have the best stay possible. As a result, we have chosen one of our most popular cities and created this list of the top things to do in Bristol to help you out.

Animal Adventures

City Farms


Visit the pigs and goats at one of the city farms. There is one to the North and one to the South of Bristol. Windmill Hill City Farm and St Werburghs City Farm are both perfect for a day out. Learn about the animals, and how to take care of them. With community gardens and community growing, these areas have become sustainable eco-friendly environments, perfect for enjoying a sunny day and home grown food. Check events out online, as each farm has different activities throughout the year.

Bristol Zoo

From meerkats to lions, Bristol Zoo is sure to impress. Let the kids go wild in the rope park while you enjoy a relaxing coffee. Alternatively, take a stroll around the zoo’s manicured gardens whilst the little ones engage with animals in the Activity Centre. There is something for everyone at Bristol Zoo. The best part is they are taking part in wonderful conservation work and science research. Open between 9.00 and 17.30 this zoo is one not to miss.

 

Culture and History

Bristol Museum

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Bristol Museum is a free entry museum which hosts a range of exhibitions throughout the year, from ancient Egyptian mummies, to the famous Alfred the Gorilla who was a popular animal celebrity during WW2. Ranging throughout history and internationally, these exhibits are a popular tourist destination. Home to a cafe and gift shop, this museum is a great addition to your stay in this magnificent city.

Blaise Castle House and Estate

Situated on the outskirts of Bristol, Blaise Castle House is an 18th Century Mansion, home to a wonderful range of toys, doll houses and costumes. Step through time and see the amazing collection of paintings. Here, guests can also pick up the key to King Weston Roman Villa, which was discovered during building work and excavated during 1948-1950.

 

Destinations

Clifton Suspension Bridge

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The iconic landmark of Bristol and one of the most Instagrammed place in this city. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a world famous bridge which links Bristol with the suburb of Clifton. Opening in 1864, this bridge is a grade 1 listed building as well. Nearby, visitors can slide down the rock slide which overlooks the bridge and provides stunning views of the surroundings. Alternatively go underneath the landmark and take a walk alongside the River Avon.

Cabot Tower

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Cabot Tower is a grade 2 listed building that was built in 1898. Restored in 2011, this tower is now open to the public and visitors can climb the spiral staircase to the top of the structure and view the incredible panoramic views over the city. Housed in Brandon hill, the oldest park in Bristol, guests can also enjoy relaxing walks around the green space and is always a great place for a picnic whilst watching the wildlife that call the park home.

 

Tours

Banksy

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Bristol is home to some of Banksy’s most famous artwork as well as a whole range of gifted and talented artists. You’ll struggle to walk through Bristol and not spot incredible street art around each and every corner. Using a Bristol Street Art map found here. You can guide yourself around this city and discover some of the best artwork, alternatively street art walking tours are available to join throughout the city, just book a place and explore to your heart’s content.

 

Around the City

From The Clifton Suspension Bride, Cabot Tower, The SS Great Britain, and Cary Grant’s famous hangouts, Bristol has so much to offer. If you are pushed for time and want to make the most of your time in Bristol,  Bristol Free Walking Tours are a perfect way to get to know the city backed by local guides who know the city inside and out. Whatever the weather, these tours meet in front of the Victoria Rooms, just turn up and explore this wonderful city. You can even contact the tour company and arrange a tour designed especially for you whatever your interests.

 

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