Bristol

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Wills Memorial Building showing a city, heritage elements and night scenes

With a youthful arts and entertainment scene, international festivals and many family-friendly attractions, Bristol is one of the U.K.’s most vibrant cities.

Visit Bristol to enjoy a diverse entertainment scene, some of the best produce Britain has to offer, locally brewed beer, and many museums and historical displays.

The River Avon is Bristol’s lifeblood and the city’s harbor is a great place to start your visit. Once a center of the shipping industry, the harbor area has now been regenerated into one of culture and entertainment. It’s the site of the annual Bristol Harbour Festival, one of the U.K.’s largest festivals. The harbor is also home to the steamship SS Great Britain. Buy a ticket and climb aboard to learn about the vessel’s eventful life at sea, and understand why it’s considered to be a marvel of its time.

In the city center, visit St. Nicholas Market and spend a morning or afternoon browsing stalls selling anything from old records and handmade jewelry, to hot sauces and haberdashery. On Wednesdays, head here to buy fresh produce at the farmer’s market, then enjoy a snack made with locally sourced ingredients. Pair your food with a Somerset cider or a beer from the local Butcombe and Zerodegrees breweries.

By night, Bristol offers a range of entertainment options from classical music at Colston Hall, to theater at the Bristol Old Vic and Bristol Hippodrome.

The city also offers plenty of activities the whole family can enjoy. Attractions like We The Curious, Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Zoo Gardens and M Shed get kids burning energy while they learn. Another Bristol landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, is a short drive from the center of town. Families will also enjoy the city’s festivals, including the Bristol Festival of Nature, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Europe’s largest hot air balloon event, and the Bristol Festival of Puppetry.

Bristol is one of the warmest, and sunniest, cities in the U.K. This is due to its position in the south, and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find better accommodation deals outside the warmer months, which are between May and September.

Getting around Bristol is easy and the city actively promotes public transportation. Make use of the excellent bus service, or rent a bike and see why this city is considered so cycle-friendly.

Where to stay in Bristol

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Broad Street, Bristol, England
The price is HK$502 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Located in Bristol City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Nicholas Market, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, and University of Bristol. ...
3.7/5 Good! (920 reviews)
"Great night sleep, Arty hotel fresh & funky vibe"

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2021

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
4 out of 5
College Green, Bristol, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$890 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
Located in Harbourside, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Nicholas Market and University of Bristol. Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and Clifton Suspension ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (965 reviews)
"Good value hotel, central location, good size clean rooms, nice bar area, all round good hotel"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2022

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
Future Inn Bristol
Future Inn Bristol
4 out of 5
The price is HK$653 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in the heart of Bristol, this hotel is steps away from Showcase Cinema De Lux and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and University ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,369 reviews)
"Nice to have free parking"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2022

Future Inn Bristol
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SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
4 out of 5
The price is HK$729 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in Bristol City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from Watershed and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. O2 Academy and University of ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (258 reviews)
"Staff were absolutely lovely and couldn’t do enough, had such a lovely stay and the balcony view was incredible. Bed was a bit uncomfortable but that’s the only bad thing I could say. Would definitely stay again"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2021

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Bristol Cabot
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Bristol Cabot
4 out of 5
The price is HK$795 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in Bristol City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Castle Park and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and O2 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (113 reviews)
"The corridors appear not very professionally cleaned and have patches or spots which looks bad. I must say the inside of the property was very clean & tidy and hence the rating."

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2021

PREMIER SUITES PLUS Bristol Cabot
Cove West India House
Cove West India House
4 out of 5
The price is HK$757 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in Bristol City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of St Nicholas Market, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and O2 Academy. University ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (52 reviews)
"A great place to stay - very comfortable. Lovely view of the river. Would recommend."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2021

Cove West India House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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