As the buzzing ‘capital of the West Country’, Bristol is packed full of edgy nightlife, stacks of things to do and great shopping. Offering a similar experience to London but on a smaller scale, ahen weekend in Bristoloffers endless possibilities.
Banksy has gone from local street artist to global phenomenon and a byword for clever and astute graffiti. As his local stomping ground, Bristol hides some great works by the artist, including many hidden in plain view. Take a guided tour of the city’s street art scene and stop in some of the local watering holes as you go!
Bristol Balloon Fiesta
The annual balloon fiesta takes place at the beginning of August and is a spectacular sight to behold. Over 150 hot air balloons take to the skies above Bristol and yes, you can grab a ticket. You’ll need to visit one of the balloon operators to hitch a ride and take in the stunning views of the city.
This medieval church right in the centre of the city is a great place to experience a bit of solitude and spiritual reflection. Founded in 1140, today the cathedral is home to a beautiful garden and cafe as well as regular lunchtime concerts and recitals. You’ll find the cathedral a short walk from Park Street and the Docks.
Bristol Docks & Waterfront
Once the thriving heart of industrial Bristol, the sprawling waterfront between the SS Great Britain and the town centre has been redeveloped and now offers a more refined and modern experience. There are countless bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
The streets of this elegant Georgian neighbourhood are some of the most attractive in the city and make a great place to stay or to wander the shops and cafes. The main attractions in the area include the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Bristol Lido.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
The other icon of the city built by local hero Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a must visit for the views as well as the history. You’ll find a visitor centre as well as options for guided tours offering a fascinating local perspective on this marvel of engineering. If you’re looking for a definitive image of your visit to Bristol then this is the place to come!
Clifton Triangle & Park Street
Bustling Park Street is the centre of alternative shopping in Bristol, lined with independent and boutique shops alongside the cooler high street offerings. As a favourite haunt for students and the city’s alternative crowd, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars and pubs and edgy pop up events.
A short walk from SS Great Britain is another piece of fascinating maritime history, The Matthew. A faithful reproduction of the caravel that sailed to the new world in 1497, The Matthew is a great way to cruise the harbour while doing your best pirate impressions.
SS Great Britain
The icon of Bristol, the SS Great Britain was a pioneering passenger ship that was once the largest ocean going liner on the high seas. Today the ship is part of an excellent museum complex that has been voted one of the best attractions in Britain. A fascinating and cultural way to start your stag or hen do in Bristol.
St Mary Redcliffe
With it’s impressive spire and Gothic architecture, St Mary Redcliffe is a prominent feature in the east of Bristol, a short walk from Temple Meads Station. The church offers regular events including local tours, and workshops exploring the city’s history.
We The Curious
This interactive science centre is a captivating way to spend a few hours, especially if the weather is a bit too ‘British’. You’ll find science experiments, exhibits and a 3D planetarium to stimulate your sense of wonder!
Bristol really is a city of two halves. You’ll be spoiled for fun daytime activities; and by night the city really comes alive with some of the best nightlife in the country, making it a truly unforgettable destination for anyhen weekend. Check out moreBristol weekend ideasto really make the most of your hen weekend. If you’re looking for a buzzing city weekend you won’t forget then Bristol is a great choice.