Take a water taxi along the river and gaze at the beautiful multi-coloured houses on the river bank, and explore one of Britain’s most photogenic cities, and discover these hidden delights Bristol has to offer handpicked by Universityrooms.com
Visit Clifton Suspension Bridge
A visit to Bristol would not be complete without a trip to the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, since 1864 it has been a prominent, defining feature of the Bristol skyline. Operated by Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust this grade 1 listed bridge offers an educational and inspiring day out, the free Visitor centre is open from 10am to 5pm every day and perfectly accommodates both adults and children. A climb to the observatory hill provides a breath-taking view of the River Avon and a chance to glimpse some of Bristol’s wonderful wildlife. A fantastic day for all the family- provided you’re not afraid of heights!
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Watch Mermaids at Bristol Aquarium
Bristol’s aquarium boasts one of the best collections of aquatic animals in the UK. With native species, sharks, rays, coral species and a fantastic learning lab, Bristol aquarium, has a huge range of aquatic life for everyone to enjoy. The aquarium also plays a key role in conservation, and has breeding programmes for endangered species. This summer, the aquarium has story telling sessions run by its professional mermaids. Perfect for the little ones, or any fans of the little mermaid. Ticket prices start at £8.78 for children and £13.28 for adults.
Discover the Sounds Of Bristol
Live music is a huge part of the Bristol scene, most pubs and bars offer open mic-nights for amateur musicians and have produced some rising stars such as George Ezra. From eccentric musicals at the Hippodrome, like sister act running from 7 - 12 Aug 2017 to some incredible classical music such as Bristol Cathedral's free lunchtime recitals. Bristol also has a variety of festivals throughout the year, so grab your wellies and head down to Bristol for some fantastic new music acts and old-time favourites.
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Explore The Bristol Museum And Art Gallery
Discover the secrets of ancient Egypt, say hello to Alfred the stuffed gorilla and explore one of the best collections of Chinese glass outside Asia. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery offers a free educational visit the whole family can enjoy, with plenty of activities and events year-long to keep the little one’s entertained, there’s also a wide range of fascinating visiting exhibitions.
Discover the Tastes of Bristol
Bristol has some of the finest food and drink Britain has to offer. With a vibrant multi-cultural history, it has some real taste-sensations. Locals rave about the street food available at St Nick's Market and some fantastic cafe’s offering only the finest coffees. Restaurants range from hip and trendy, cheap and cheerful to haute cuisine all catering for a range of dietary needs. Real foodies must check out the Bath and Bristol Food festival here.
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Climb Aboard the SS Great Britain
Named the great great grandmother of modern ships, SS Great Britain is one of the world’s most important historic ships. Open 362 days of the year SS Great Britain offers a fantastic chance to experience the sights, smells and sounds of life at sea during the 19th century! Explore the educational Dockyard museum and learn the stories of the crew - if you’re brave enough there is even the chance to climb the rigging! Children go free and adult prices start at £14 and provide unlimited access for a year making it well worth the visit.
Take Art to the Streets on The Banksy Trail
One of the world’s most elusive artists, Banksy, hails from Bristol and his incredibly thought provoking street art is on display across the city. His innovative and inspiring prints can be found on street corners, bridges and buildings if you know where to look! Pop into the visitor centre and ask for a map and indulge yourself in one of the greatest free art trails in the world. Along with Banksy see some of the incredible street art his legacy has inspired, providing an inspiring and thought provoking day for tourists and budding artists alike.
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Shop ‘til You Drop in Bristol
From boutique shops, designer outlets and highstreets favourites, when it comes to shopping Bristol has it all. A variety of market stalls at the water’s edge offer a fantastic range of second- hand books and records. A vintage-lover’s paradise Bristol is also home to Europe’s longest street of independent shops, offering an elective alternative to high street brands. The cobbled streets of Clifton Village offer some fantastic up market boutiques and exquisite tea rooms if you need a rest! Bristol has a wonderful shopping quarter with an assortment of high street and independent stores, you’re sure to find a bargain!
This Summer’s Fantastic Events
Bristol has some truly fantastic events on this summer, sure to make your visit that little bit more exciting! From Bristol from 30th June to 9th July Bristol Pride 2017 will take place across. the city celebrating the LGBT+ community and promoting equality, find out more here. On the 1st of July Bristol throws St Paul's Carnival, which celebrates Bristol’s vibrant African-Caribbean culture, dancing, singing and a breath-taking array of colour it attracts more than 100,00 people each year. The month of July is also Bristol’s Shakespeare festival where actors perform some of Shakespeare’s finest work in beautiful settings around the city. For more Bristol events this summer click here.
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