The South West is a beautiful area, and Bristol is one of its gems. Offering exciting events all year round; such as the Harbour Festival and the Balloon Fiesta, as well as being the city for memorable site seeing.
Historical Sites in Bristol:
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the most notorious sights of Bristol. Offering a look into the past this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world and to this day is still seen as a key symbol of the city.
Bristol also offers historical sights into its maritime history with the SS Great Britain and The Matthew, docked side by side in the Bristol waters just waiting to be explored and awed at.
But the city would be nothing without its museums and art galleries which provide untold delights to those wishing to explore the past of Bristol.
MShed, a new addition to Bristol's attractions, tells the tale of Bristol through Bristolians eyes. Constantly exploring the history of the city through new exhibitions and events this museum offers a constant influx of historical information.
Those who love their history and architecture may also want to explore The Tobacco Factory. A one of a kind sight, this building holds fun for all the family with its cafe, weekly food and crafts stalls as well as ongoing events.
The recently launched Cabot Circus offers a shopping experience second to none and features 150 stores, 25 cafes and restaurants and a 13 screen cinema de lux. This exclusive shopping destination has contributed to Bristol being selected as one of the world's top 10 cities for 2009!
SS Great Britain:
In 1843, when this historic ship first set sail from Bristol's Great Western Dockyard, Brunel's creation was regarded as technologically advanced and entirely ground-breaking. A visit to this impressive vessel, which has won 13 major awards and receives thousands of visitors every year, will leave you feeling inspired.
City Museum and Art Gallery:
This houses outstanding collections of art, archaeology, geology and natural history. The world-renowned Banksy exhibited his largest ever collection of iconoclastic works. Events for 2011 include Wildlife Photographer of the Year and an exhibition from Beryl Cook and her 'Larger than Life' collection.
There is so much to discover and fun for all the family with At-Bristol. Located in Bristol's historic harbourside, and bringing science to life through stimulating and innovative activities, this is a guaranteed fun filled day - no matter your age!
With over 300 hands on exhibit, live shows and a Planetarium, At-Bristol is one of the UK’s biggest and most exciting interactive science centres.
This stunning aquarium brings the harbourside to life with its impressive array of sharks, seahorses, tropical fish and its very own Giant Pacific Octopus. Once you've marvelled at all these creatures from the deep, sit back and enjoy the ultimate in 3D viewing - with Europe's only combined Aquarium and IMAX Cinema.
From exploring the world of sharks to the lives of dolpins, this is a must see attraction for kids and adults alike.
This green open space is ideal for those wanting some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of city life. With views stretching out over the Gorge and Suspension Bridge, as well as picnics and kite flying a-plenty in the summer months, it's a beautiful part of Bristol to see.
Here you will find a lively programme of independent and foreign films and events such as script writing sessions and workshops in digital media.
The City's largest concert hall. Presents touring opera and dance companies and some of the biggest names in pop. Acts in 2010 included Pixie Lott, Editors, Belle and Sebastian and McFly.
Famed for its acoustics, this venue is nationally known for its excellence and diversity in jazz, classical, folk, world music and opera.
Bristol Zoo Gardens, awarded ‘Zoo of the Year' by the Great Britain Guide 2004, is a fun day out and can be found just a stroll away from our hotels in the heart of Clifton. For more information on activities we offer to our guests in Bristol visit the packages section of our website. This includes spa breaks, theatre breaks and stag & hen activities.
Cheddar Gorge & Caves have plenty to see and do, both above and below ground. The cathedral-like caves and Britain's biggest gorge are million year old ice-age river beds. This area of outstanding natural beauty is also where you can spend an afternoon sampling some of the tastiest Cheddar cheeses!
Few people have the historic knowledge of Pete the Pirate. So why not enjoy his renowned entertaining and informative tours. From Blackbeard's home to the smugglers' cave and the Matthew Shipyard, Pete the Pirate provides a fun look at Pirates and their adventures in Bristol.
Live music, theatre, dance and comedy are always on offer in Bristol. The world famous Old Vic host an array of theatrical productions at The Theatre Royal, as does The Tobacco Factory in Bedminster. The home-grown music scene has produced world class bands and artists such as Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky. From classical or rock concerts at the Colston Hall, to ballet, opera and musicals at the Hippodrome, or jazz, folk and comedy at a variety of pubs and clubs, the range is huge.
Sport and Leisure:
For a sport fuelled and competitive day out, why not head down to Bristol Rugby Club to watch a game? A short drive away from our four hotels in Clifton, the Club is near Cribbs Causeway in North Bristol. See their website for more on event fixtures and directions.