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Things to do in Bristol

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.
Museum
“Colourful exhibits detailing history of the city and its people in a 1950s' dockside transit shed.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Art Gallery
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“Various art exhibitions. Or enjoy the outside waterside seating in the summer. 10 minute walk ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Walk down Park Street pat the imposing Wills building, to this famous independent cinema in the centre of Bristol on the harbourside, which is full of bars and restaurants.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Theatre
“One of the UK’s top, family-friendly provincial theatres, staging West End and Broadway productions from The Lion King to Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. The theatre performs musicals, ballet, concerts, comedians and children’s shows.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Lodging
“£ -St Nicolas market (city centre) various food stalls from around the world. Good daytime eats in town. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Theatre
“The oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. The theatre offers a wide range of performances from different genres.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Zoo
“We The Curious has over 300 science-related exhibits, each taking visitors on journey to explore the inner workings of the world around us. The events and activities aim to stoke curiosity in everyone. The organisers sum it up as a place where “Boundaries are removed between science, art, people and ideas... DO touch the exhibits, do use your phone, DO laugh out loud, bring your kids, friends, grandparents or come and escape on your own.””
  • 35 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Cool and eclectic cocktail bar in one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in central Bristol. Cocktail masterclasses available. Book in advance. Open evenings only.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Head to Bristol’s historic harbourside and explore the city’s newest quarter, Wapping Wharf, where local Bristolians and visitors alike can shop, eat and relax by the glistening waterfront”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
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“Large warehouse bar serving Brazilian-style pizzas, with leather sofas, fairy lights and live music.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“Boats, and boat trips, bustle, views, cafe bars, museums Brunel's ship 'Great Britain'. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Located between Bristol’s Shopping Quarter and the beautiful Bristol Harbor, Castle Park is a great combination of history and modernity with the remains of the magnificent medieval castle and the hustle and bustle of the nearby town centre. Due to its convenient location, Castle Park offers a great location to take a breath and relax during a busy day of shopping in the city. There are also a number of works of art in the park, including a carved stone throne and a uniquely designed water fountain.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Church
“Stunning and Historic Cathedral. Just Down The Road In The Heart Of The City”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Difficult to find but in a doorway on unity street you pick up the pay phone and will be transported into a great bar.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Cosy cafe, serving all-day brunch, and lounge bar with reclaimed chairs and pews in former bank.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bakery
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“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

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Theatre
“The oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. The theatre offers a wide range of performances from different genres.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Cool and eclectic cocktail bar in one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in central Bristol. Cocktail masterclasses available. Book in advance. Open evenings only.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Pub
“Light-filled gastropub with stripped floors and a beer garden, for British food and small plates.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Live music and European dishes made with locally sourced ingredients in a massive waterside space.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“If cider is a West Country institution, then the Apple is its spiritual home. Come the summer and its outside seating area is invariably packed. Come the winter and hunker down for the night with a drink of mulled cider in hand under a heater or a blanket. If you think the floor beneath your feet is moving, it might not just be the cider talking – the Apple is located on a former Dutch barge now moored permanently at the end of King Street. It's fermented apple juice all the way, and what a selection. With names like Tractor Fuel, you’d be wise to line your stomach.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Tapas and stone-baked pizza in a small BYO restaurant with fairy lights and candles on wood tables.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurant and bar with river views and Modern European menu in a converted dockside police station.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Ox has quickly become a Bristol institution and has another sister restaurant up on whiteladies road. If you’re a lover is steak and Mac&Cheese, well this place is hevan on earth. We'd recommend trying to get a seat in the original restaurant (on Corn street), located in an intimate basement. Get the salty garlic butter and chips with your rib eye washed down with a big glass of Pinot. We love it. The Sunday lunch with a bloody Mary is a winning combo too .”
  • 15 locals recommend

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