The City: A Visitor's Guide
Sep 21, 2016
Clifton: A Visitor’s Guide When it comes to areas of Bristol, Clifton is a firm favourite among locals and visitors alike. With a strong sense of community and a wide range of restaurants, delis, upmarket bars and traditional pubs, all interspersed with some delightful Georgian architecture, you’ll soon find your place in this buzzing hotspot.
Based on the name alone, a visit to this area isn’t complete without dining at the Clifton Sausage on Portland Street. Boasting very favourable reviews and as many sausage-based dishes as one could imagine, this restaurant offers a fantastic meal and great service, all for a reasonable price.
For something extra-special, head to The Albion on Boyces Avenue, a popular, recently refurbished restaurant that serves up high quality food, fine wines and well-kept ales. It’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
From pubs to bars to swanky nightclubs, Clifton offers a banquet of choice. Whiteladies Road seems to be the place to be to while away your evening with interesting folk intent on having a great time. The Kings Arms is a multi-level, quirky pub that’s usually buzzing with atmosphere and filled with the pre-nightclub crowds. Head to the Lizard Lounge for some late-night dancing and you’re likely to encounter the same crowd – and a few students!
If you are in the mood for something quieter, Clifton Village offers a mellow evening out. The ambiance here is one of sociability and friendliness, perfect at the end of a busy day.
The shops in Clifton are arguably the most eclectic in Bristol. With everything from designer boutiques to quirky little gift shops (and jewellery shops, wine cellars, toy shops and delicatessens in between), you can quite easily while away an afternoon having a relaxed look around. The streets are peppered with independent cafes, restaurants and pubs to keep you going.
The truly majestic Clifton Suspension Bridge is definitely worth a visit during your stay. Straddling the vast, ancient Avon Gorge, this magnificent Grade I listed structure attracts visitors from all over the world and provides some stunning vantage points for pictures.
The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Park Street is most famous for its famous Banksy exhibition a few years ago. But even without such a draw, the museum is definitely worth a visit. Make sure you explore the fine pianos that were manufactured in Bristol many years ago, a little-known fact of the area.
And finally, Bristol Zoo is a must-see if you have some downtime to spare. But make sure you clear a good few hours: there’s an incredible array of events, shows and areas to explore.
The number 8 bus regularly runs through Clifton and will take you into Bristol’s city centre. Clifton Down train station on Whiteladies Road is a speedy connection to the city (and beyond) and can get you to Temple Meads station in around 20 minutes.
For specific transport enquiries, the Tourist Information Centre on the harbourside is extremely helpful.