Bristol Guide – The Best Places to See on Your Next City Break

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Home to Banksy, a hot air balloon fiesta, Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol is fast becoming one of England’s coolest city break destinations. It is also a culinary powerhouse and the perfect place to sample high-end restaurants like Casamia and street food from local favorites like One Stop Thali Cafe.

A Local’s Insight: Must-See Attractions in Bristol

The city’s central core is happily compact and easy to explore on foot – or, for the environment-minded, by bike. Discover history and modern architecture in museums such as M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Then head to the waterfront to see the Georgian wonders of Queen Square, including the first residential square outside London. The area’s greatest attractions are around this unique tide-controlled harbor – from the acclaimed Arnolfini arts center to At-Bristol, a hands-on science center. Alternatively, hear about the city’s intriguing past on a free tour with an expert local guide.

Street art is a big deal in this city that proudly flies the flag of the “Mild, Mild West”. From animals peering around street corners to god-like figures emerging from brick walls, graffiti and murals add color and flair throughout the city. Book a tour with Where the Wall to see the best, or try your hand at drawing yourself in an artist workshop (from 15 GBP). Other places to visit for art include Stokes Croft, Bedminster and Southville neighborhoods and Nelson Street. And remember to listen to the locals for a few words of their distinctive accent and use of slang: greetings often start with an “alright me lover” and “cheers drive!” is a popular saying.

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