If you are searching for that perfect city breakaway, than look no further than Bristol a heady mix of history and architecture, with a dynamic arts scene, countless retail opportunities, an exciting array of culinary delights along with countless markets and festivals throughout the year!
And who better than Kathryn Davis The Head of Tourism for Bristol to share some of her favourite things to see and do when you visit this vibrant city.
Bristol is a city renowned for its bridges, balloons and brilliant creative outlook. It’s also remarkably family friendly with some top notch attractions to keep everyone amused. But, slightly off the beaten track you’ll find some real gems which not only give you a feel for the city but offer a very special experience
The RWA is the only royal academy outside of London and as such has a remarkable role and history. It also has some brilliant exhibitions throughout the year including their Open Exhibition each autumn. Running until 24 January, Centre Stage takes visitors on a magical journey to explore the story of theatre in Bristol.
Bristol has some very special theatres and you really shouldn’t miss catching a performance at The Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic (celebrating 250 years in 2016), the Tobacco Factory, wardrobe Theatre or one of the many other pop up and outdoor shows that take place throughout the year. But for a true insight into the fascinating history of the historic Bristol Old Vic or Bristol Hippodrome, take advantage of one of the backstage tours. Available to the public (you can book in advance) you can transport yourself back through the ages to hear more about the origins of these fascinating places of entertainment with over 350 years of history between them.
The street art tours will take in the Stokes Croft area and it is definitely work the walk further up the main road to Gloucester Road. This is a community bursting with independent traders where you will find artists, jewellery makers, cafes, bars and live music pouring out onto the streets.
Tucked away off the main Park Street thoroughfare, lies St Georges – one of the most incredible concert halls in the country. The acoustics of this old church mean that the music transforms and fills the rooms with sound. It’s a great place to discover classical artists, opera as well as some more contemporary music and its quiet position next to Brandon Hill gives it an air of quiet and calm.
While Bristol is known as a big summer festival city, one of the best festivals actually takes place in January. Slapstick Festival celebrates silent film, comedy and performance with its Gala event being one of the highlights in the city’s cultural calendar, featuring iconic silent movies set to live music. An array of screenings, talks and celebrations take place over the weekend featuring some of the best loved names in comedy.
Living in the city, you can often take the incredible street art for granted, making the city a full on outdoor gallery. Where the Wall offer tours led by the artists themselves which give you a real insight into the history of street art in the city, the artists and the stories. This one is an absolute must and you’ll explore places you would never find on your own.
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When you do visit Bristol than make sure you stay in The Bristol our luxurious hotel situated in the heart of the city with gorgeous views of the dynamic and vibrant harbourside quarter.
For more information on all things Bristol – check out Visit Bristol.