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Something for the Weekend? Bristol

Published: 21st February 2020

Bristol is the perfect place for a laid-back city break. Check out our recommendations of what to visit, where to eat, things to do - and of course the very best places to stay in the city and the surrounding countryside.

Why Bristol?

Variously named as Britain's happiest, kindest and coolest city, Bristol is famous for its arts, music and culture, elegant architecture, and thriving restaurants and coffee shops. Big enough to keep you busy, but still easy to cover on foot, with beautiful old buildings, quirky shops, amazing restaurants, urban waterfront and of course the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.

What to do

One of Britain's most fun and vibrant cities, there's loads to do in Bristol - hang out at the coffee shops, take in some culture at the museums, theatres and galleries, get some retail therapy in the independent shops, or enjoy a stroll along the waterfront. Here are five cool things to do while you're in Bristol.

Take a Graffiti Street Art Tour Discover Bristol through its world-famous street art, taking you through the city's history, culture and of course the works of rumoured resident, Banksy. Where the Wall Tours

Stroll Across the Clifton Suspension Bridge This elegant feat of engineering spans the Avon Gorge and gives you superb views for miles. Also make sure you have a wander round nearby Clifton Village, with its beautiful architecture, chic shops and cool cafes. Clifton Suspension Bridge

Uncover the History of Bristol at M Shed This fun, free and interactive museum in the historic Harbourside tells the story of Bristol from prehistoric times to the 21st century. M Shed

Sample Some Cider Bristolians love their cider and there are lots of places serving some top-quality scrumpy. Local institution the Coronation Tap serves the infamous Exhibition cider, so strong it only comes in half pints. The Coronation Tap

Go Vegan Bristol was recently named the most vegan friendly city in the world due to its amazing restaurants, offering delicious animal-free fare. Get stuck into some dirty vegan junk food at Oowee Vegan.

Where to Stay

Take your pick from our selection of the best of Bristol - two beautiful boutique hotels, a quirky urban caravan site, a peaceful cabin in the countryside outside the city, an adventurous stay at Bristol's Wild Place Project, and a stunning beach house on the Severn Estuary in Portishead.

No 38 Clifton

No 38 Clifton

Bristol - City of Bristol

Award winning twelve bedroom hotel in Bristols gorgeous Clifton area, with a full bar, meeting room, and stunning views

Sleeps 2

From 130/night

Towed Town Camping

Towed Town Camping

Bristol - Bristol

Kitsch and unique indoor caravanning holiday in the trendy city of Bristol

Sleeps 11

From 47/night

Brooks Guesthouse

Brooks Guesthouse

Bristol - South West

Whether you choose urban glamping with a rooftop airstream caravan or simply a luxurious room, you'll be well looked after at this boutique hotel with an ideal city centre location.

Sleeps 2-4

From 120/night

The Oakhouse Bath

The Oakhouse Bath

Lansdown - Cotswolds

A beautiful oak cabin situated high above rolling Cotswolds countryside, between Bristol and Bath.

Sleeps 2 +1

From 125/night

Camp Baboon

Camp Baboon

Blackhorse Hill - Bristol

Located moments from the apes at Bristols enchanting Wild Place Project, a stay at Camp Baboon comes with wildlife adventures and a comforting level of cosiness.

Sleeps 4 per cabin

From 348/night

Woodhill Beach House

Woodhill Beach House

Portishead - Somerset

Gorgeous stylish beach house nestled on the banks of the River Severn estuary with amazing views across the water.

Sleeps 12

From 1197/night

Claire Wills
Claire is the International Editor for CoolStays. It's her mission to scout the globe for new amazing places to show you. You can follow her on Twitter, @clairelewills

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