Bristol is both a county and a city in South West England with the largest population in Southern England, second to London. It is one of England’s most popular tourist destination and considered as one of the most desirable areas to live in. Bristol lies between Gloucestershire and Somerset.
Bristol has its distinct identity. It is surrounded by the hills of South West England, deeply rooted from past centuries and developed by the love of its dynamic inhabitants and happy fans. It is famous for its maritime history, a vast expanse of parkland and for its sustainable approach to development which earned it the status of a European Green Capital.
Bristol is also characterised by its impressive cityscapes, first rate cycle tracks and remarkable street art plus festivals all year round and gastronomic delights found behind hidden doorways and restored warehouses. It is small enough for a walking exploration yet big enough to brag about an impressive array of entertainments.
Food and shopping
Bristol is considered a foodie paradise with its varied selection of fine dining establishments as well as a proliferation of street food eateries. Visitors of Bristol are spoiled for choices of where to eat. There are the conventional and the unconventional havens for meat eaters as well as for vegetarians and vegans. Award-winning restaurants, cafes, and bars march side by side along the streets of Bristol. A pride of Bristol are the pie shops of Pieminister, a pie-making company indigenous to Bristol. The delicious offerings of Pieminister are great favourites of everyone, including the Queen.
Bristol is known to be the shopping capital of the South West. Along Gloucester Road, considered the longest street for independent shops in Europe, shoppers of retro and vintage would have a great shopping experience in one of its alternative shops. Park Street, one of the most iconic and familiar shopping street of Bristol, has quite some top-quality footwear and clothing stores, boutiques, jewellery stores, department stores, art shops, music and record stores and even second-hand charity stores where high-quality items and designer labels are usually found.
Where to stay
Bristol has accommodations for everyone. Places to stay for solo flights, honeymoon couples, families big and small, groups of friends or mates, you ask for it, you’ll get it. Options range from boutique and luxury hotels, one of a kind B&Bs, unpretentious budget hotels, modern self-service apartments, traditional cottages and guesthouses, to first-rate campsites. Practically, a place for every, budget, style and preference.
Things to do and Places to go
Bristol is rich in history, and places that are a must see and visit are its heritage and historic sites such as Lord Mayor’s Chapel and the Bristol Cathedral. Not to be missed are the well-preserved restored boats of the country found on the docks of Bristol. These vessels, like the ss Great Britain, are reminders of Bristol’s fascinating maritime history. Another must is a visit to the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This bridge is an engineering masterpiece that connects Bristol to Clifton. It Spans the River Avon and the scenic Avon Gorge. From the bridge, visitors can proceed to the Bristol Zoo Garden.
As you can see, visitors are spoiled for choice in things to do and places to visit in Bristol one reason why the county is best explored on board a self-drive rental van.