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64 Popular Attractions in Bristol

Bristol grew astride the Avon River in the south east of England. It has been one of England’s most prominent cities for eight centuries. Due to the cities marine activity in centuries past, it became a slave port, a history that has darkened its past.

Top Attractions

Representing Bristol’s maritime history, the SS Great Britain today is a museum ship. She was once a passenger steamship, the longest of her time. The Matthew of Bristol is a replica of the fifteenth caravel that sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. The Matthew replica repeated the original journey for the 500th anniversary. The Clifton Suspension Bridge now spans the Avon and is a highlight of the city.

Kids & Family

Take the kids to Ashton Court for a dose of history, golf, animals and miniature rail. There is even an orienteering course on the 850-acre estate. Have a day out at the Avon Valley Adventure Wildlife Park. Or the Folly Farm Adventure Park Zoo. Or go to all three!

Shopping & Nightlife

The harbour-side warehouses from the nineteenth century are now revitalized with new life as shops and restaurants. Bristol has a wide range of nightlife – but one you have to try – just because of the name is Christmas Steps. It is one of Bristol’s oldest pubs and an icon in the area.

Day Tours

For a novel day out, find the Stanton Drew Stone Circles Cove which are a short drive from Bristol. Or drive further to Cardiff, Wales, Exmoor, the Cotswolds or Bath.

1. Harveys Cellars

  • Upon booking
  • +44 117 927 5036
  • Harveys Cellars, Denmark Street, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Tue-Fri 5pm-1am Sat 5pm-11pm

2. The Time Machine

  • Adult £8 Child £6
  • +44 1885 488329
  • The Time Machine, Bromyard HR7 4BP, UK
  • Sun-Mon 10:30am-4pm
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3. Lime Tree Gallery

  • Free
  • +44 117 929 2527
  • Lime Tree Gallery, Hotwell Road, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

4. Hang Fire

  • Free
  • 4401173293553
  • HANGFIRE, North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Thu-Sun 12pm-5pm

5. Upfest

  • Free
  • 07725 231 878
  • Upfest, North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Tue-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm Sun 10am-3pm

6. Objets de Desir

  • Prices vary
  • +44 7983 722306
  • Objets de Desir, Boyce's Avenue, Bristol, England BS8 4AA, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm Sun 11am-4am

7. Wildscreen

  • Upon donation
  • +44 117 929 1222
  • Wildscreen, King Street, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm

8. George Muller Museum

  • Accepts donation
  • +44 117 924 5001
  • George Muller Charitable Trust, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

9. Kingswood Heritage Museum

  • £3
  • +44 117 960 5664
  • Kingswood Heritage Museum, Tower Lane, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Sat-Sun 2pm-5pm Thu 2pm-5pm

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