The City: A Visitor's Guide
Sep 21, 2016
The unofficial capital of the south west, Bristol is a fantastic place to spend time if you’re relocated for business. Because of huge regeneration efforts and significant investment in business and leisure facilities, Bristol is fast becoming a hotspot to rival any of the largest cities in the UK.
With its eccentric blend of shopping, underground music and Georgian architecture, Bristol city centre is a fascinating place to explore when you’re enjoying some time away from the office.
Staying in the city centre will place you ideally for indulging in the local music scene. If you want to check out up-and-coming acts, Mr Wolf’s regularly plays host to open mic nights and local bands and DJs looking to impress.
Smoke and Mirrors is ranked as one of Bristol’s most popular pubs, with plenty of drinks offers running all week long and regular magic theatre with some award-winning magicians performing 90 minute shows. It’s a cosy and intimate location that’s favoured by locals and tourists alike.
Fans of beer simply must pay a visit to BrewDog, where you can indulge in a beer tasting session and even quaff a beer cocktail or two.
Shopping has to be one of the top activities that Bristol city centre has to offer. Cabot Circus is the place to find all of your favourite high street and high end fashion retailers, as well as plenty of eateries, a cinema and a wide range of leisure facilities.
If you aren’t in the mood for strolling around the shops, there are plenty of sightseeing tours available. Choose from exploring Bristol on foot, on a bus or by bike depending on how much energy you have! There are also a number of street art tours running. Given that Bristol is the home of world-renowned street artist, Banksy, there are a lot of fascinating originals and imitations all over the city.
If you want to view the city from the water, there are a number of companies offering ferry trips along the River Avon.
And finally, if the week’s been just that little bit too hectic, why not treat yourself to a few hours at Otium Health and Leisure Club? Located just west of Castle Park, the club has a large pool, gym, Jacuzzi, sunbed, steam room and sauna. Great for relaxing and reviving yourself ready for a new week.
First Great Western is the main train operator in and around Bristol, and links to the rest of the country are abundant.
All key locations in the city centre are served by Bristol’s bus network, offering frequent routes to all locations. Season tickets for Bristol’s public transport network can be bought from the Tourist Information Centre on Harbourside.
The local authorities are keen on boosting the number of people using bikes in the city. In a bid to reduce pollution and help with congestion, the city has some of the best facilities for cyclers, so why not pick up a bicycle for the duration of your stay?