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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

History Museum
“Historic passenger steam ship, advanced for her time. Once the longest passenger ship in the world, taking passengers from Bristol to New York. Fully restored and in dry dock.”
  • 101 locals recommend
“a lovely art space on the harbourside. lots of other places to eat and drink around the gallery as well.”
  • 75 locals recommend
“Ashton Court is a country park and mansion house with 850 acres of woodland and grassland to explore. Rolling countryside and well maintained paths make it perfect for a longer stroll. Definitely worth a visit for deer spotting and beautiful views of the city. Best accessed by car, only 15 mins drive from Paintworks.”
  • 24 locals recommend
“Great for walks or trail biking. This is also where the Bristol balloon festival is as well as various other festivals throughout the year”
  • 22 locals recommend
“A great spot for walking. There is also a pitch and put course and a place where you can hire mountain bikes to use the bike trails through the woods.”
  • 20 locals recommend
“Another Bristol Beer Factory cafe/bar. Ground floor of the old Wills tobacco factory. Good food and drinks. Popular with families. Very nice place.”
  • 23 locals recommend
“Tapas-style dishes served in a cosy cafe-bar with quirky vintage decor and live music nights.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Cleverly developed harbourside are with loads of places to eat and drink. Have a wander and take your pick from Gluten free fish & chips to bao buns to Mexican, craft beer bars to sit in wine shops. It’s a lovely lively space near the water. Go for a walk along the old train tracks too. 10mins taxi, 15mins bike, 40mins walk from home”
  • 21 locals recommend
Falafel Restaurant
“Delicious Middle Eastern and North African food with locally sourced ingredients - delicious tapas and a great brunch spot.”
  • 25 locals recommend
“ short stroll down the path to the river. As the name suggests, bar on a boat ”
  • 24 locals recommend
“Gastropub with contemporary decor and booth seating for local DJs, quizzes and open mic nights.”
  • 13 locals recommend
“They put on really great theatre. There's a really good pub downstairs and they do Markets at the weekend too. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
“Oh my gosh!!!!! Laura Hart is a bit of a hero in our book. She has created a very special bakery under a Victorian railway arch at Temple Meads station, just down the road from Paintworks. You can watch the bakers at work as you tuck into a mountain of their freshly baked sourdough toasties, pastries and cakes and perfectly brewed coffee. Bristolians love it and your trip is not complete without a look in! IT IS AWESOME. It does get busy but it's usually not to long a wait for a table. Availability and menu changes daily but the mushroom sausage roll and ginger cake are our all time faves. Get there as early as possible! It's either a 5 mins drive or a 20 minute walk from Paintworks (100% worth the walk).”
  • 21 locals recommend
“800 years old church The first church may have been built here when Bristol first became a port.”
  • 5 locals recommend
“Cosy cafe, serving all-day brunch, and lounge bar with reclaimed chairs and pews in former bank.”
  • 11 locals recommend
“Such a lovely green space for a walk or a run. At the top of a hill there are some awesome views of Bristol and Brunels world famous suspension bridge! ”
  • 10 locals recommend