Your Quick and Easy Guide to Visiting Bristol

There are plenty of places across the UK where you can take a fantastic city break, and Bristol is one of the most popular thanks to its numerous attractions. Of course, all those attractions can be a bit of a problem when you’re trying to write up an itinerary. That’s why we’ve put together this quick and easy guide to visiting Bristol.

How to Get Here

Most people will find it easy to reach Bristol by train. Make sure you buy a ticket for Bristol Temple Meads, which is the closest station to the city. If you’re coming from London, it’s less than two hours from Paddington station.

If you’re coming from a little further afield, there’s always Bristol airport. Direct flights are available from cities across the UK and Europe, and the centre of Bristol is just a 20-minute drive from the airport. If you aren’t renting a car, there are plenty of public transport options.

How to Get Around

Bristol is quite compact, which is one reason it’s such a popular city break location. You can easily walk between most attractions, although there are also plenty of bus lanes and even ferry boat options. Find a handy journey planner by heading to

Where to Stay

Bristol kept many of its older buildings, so you’ll find a wide array of charming accommodation options. Hotels located within walking distance of the city centre tend to be on the expensive side, so we’d recommend booking a serviced apartment instead.

What to See

Now you have all the basics down, just what are you going to see when you get here? Here’s a short list of Bristol highlights.

  • SS Great Britain
  • Cabot Tower
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Bristol Zoo
  • M Shed
  • Bristol Aquarium
  • Bristol Cathedral

If you’re not sure when you’re coming, check Bristol’s festival calendar. From the legendary Bristol Harbour Festival to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, there are plenty of fantastic events going on throughout the year.