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Bristol Guide




We’ve put together a handy guide containing all the best stuff Bristol has to offer. It’s a big, bustling city which is so full of life – you might just find it difficult figuring out where to start!

Getting in

Train

The main station in Bristol is temple Meads and it couldn’t be easier to get to. Services run straight there from Bath, Birmingham, York and Plymouth to name but a few and it’s one of the main interchanges in the whole of the south.

Coach

Sometimes, long distance coach journeys from national coach companies can be the best option for your travel. Prices are really cheap and it gives you and the girls a chance to catch up, grab a quick nap or plan for your hen. Your bus will pull up at Marlborough St Coach station.

Car

If you decide to drive to Bristol, take the M4 or M5 and then the M32 which brings traffic straight to the centre. If you don’t fancy driving in city traffic though, it’s easy to take one of three park and ride facilities. Traffic levels in Bristol are well known for being terrible, so avoid driving if you can and if you do, definitely don’t go at rush hour.

Entertainment Venues

02 Academy

This is the biggest and best entertainment venue in Bristol for all your favourite headliners. It’s located on Frogmore Street, close to the Hippodrome and welcomes massive acts year round. Rizzle Kicks, John Newman, London Grammar, Maximo Park and Bombay Bicycle Club are all coming up soon.

The Fleece

When you’re on the lookout for raw, live music, The Fleece is the place to be. Hang out with Bristol’s coolest kids and who knows, you might even get to see the next big thing in action before everybody else does!

Bristol Old Vic

If you fancy a bit of high culture and full on theatrics when you visit Bristol, give the Old Vic a try. Founded in 1946, it was created in accordance with the London Old Vic and shows fantastic plays to prestigious standards. Lawrence Olivier, Patrick Stewart, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jeremy Irons are all amongst the actors who have performed there in the past!

Top of the Shops

We’ve compiled a quick list of the best independent shops which you can only find in the city of Bristol.

Boutique 33

Located in Clifton Village, this gorgeous boutique stocks fabulous and unique designer items as well as collections designed in the city of Bristol itself. Why not pick up something special for the coming night out?

Soukous

This shop is an absolutely gorgeous mix of fun gifts, accessories, clothing and homewares. Everything’s colourful, quirky and different and will make your home look, smell and feel amazing or make your friend’s day with a pretty gift or card!

Aimee Winstone Jewellery

All of the pieces in this lust-worthy shop are designed and made by talented Amy herself, so you can be sure you’re getting a one off! Many of her wares are big investment pieces but you can still pick up smaller items for yourselves to take home too.

Arch House Deli

Again located in Clifton Village, this pretty delicatessen is impossible to leave without trying at least something and it’s perfect when you fancy a quick pick me up or snack whilst shopping or getting ready for your big night out. It’s the winner of countless awards and is well worth a visit.  

Because the best things in life are free…

If you’re left with a couple of hours spare in Bristol, we know that you don’t want to spend a lot of extra money. So, if you’ve blown your last pennies in Cabot Circus, don’t worry, there’s plenty to do for absolutely nothing in this city!

Missorts App

Everybody knows that Isambard kingdom Brunel has a huge amount of importance for the city of Bristol and the clever Missorts app will help you and your friends to understand and get the most out of the ‘Brunel mile’. Plug in those headphones and let the app do the work – its location triggered and so will always know where you are and puts the entire city in a whole new light.

Arnolfini

This beautiful harbourside contemporary art gallery is home to a wide variety of fantastic exhibitions that will both amaze and baffle and also performances throughout the year.

Banksy Walking Tour

Arguably one of Bristol’s most famous exports, Banksy was born in the city and is now a world famous artist. There are many of his original works dotted about the city and many people come far and wide to see them in the flesh. Try this app to follow a great trail.   

The Georgian House Museum

Located close to the University of Bristol, this attraction is one of the best kept Georgian houses in the UK. It belonged to a wealthy slave plantation owner and now provides a great insight to the ways in which historical figures lived.


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