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Best things to do in Bristol

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

History Museum
“Social history summed up in an extraordinary piece of visionary engineering”
97local recommendations
Shopping Centre
“Situated in the centre of beautiful historic Bristol - all the stores, lots of independents, some areas undercover.”
65local recommendations
History Museum
“It's free and has a couple of Banksys and allsorts. An esoteric mix of art and fascinating stuff!”
68local recommendations
Museum
“The Industrial Museum. Often has special exhibitions and is in a good building by the dockside cranes. Great views from the roof balcony.”
72local recommendations
Zoo
“Bristol Zoo, top tip, say you're a Clifton College parent/student and get reduced admission. ”
52local recommendations
Bridge
“The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.”
80local recommendations
Art Gallery
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“Greta for events, exhibitions and performances, well worth seeing what's on, Bristol 24/7 can be good for this.”
56local recommendations
Bridge
“The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.”
35local recommendations
Establishment
“High over the River Avon, the suspension bridge is a work of art and synonymous with Bristol. Walk or drive over the bridge and enjoy the views.”
56local recommendations
Shopping Centre
“Shopping, restaurants, cafes, a cinema and mini golf - everything you need if you find yourself with a rainy afternoon.”
37local recommendations
Indie Cinema
“Buzzing multi-arts venue with an arthouse cinema and cafe bar in a warehouse overlooking the water.”
51local recommendations
Theatre
“Our largest theatre venue, the Hippodrome is the place for musicals and West End shows.”
25local recommendations
Bar
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“Canteen-style bar and terrace next to a Banksy mural with free live music and locally sourced food.”
59local recommendations
Scenic Viewpoint
“Cabot tower is worth a visit for its spectacular view over the city centre.”
33local recommendations
Park
“A quiet sanctuary hidden within bustling central Bristol. Bring monkey nuts to feed the friendly tame squirrels, eat al fresco whilst enjoying the view. Climb Brandon Hill tower and enjoy a 360º view of Bristol and beyond. Free.”
40local recommendations
Theatre
“Well worth a visit, even to have some food or a drink. It has just been sympathetically refurbished, and is one of the country's oldest theatres. It's refurbishment has won awards. See a show, even better!”
28local recommendations