Bristol travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bristol

Laid back, full of fascinating museums, beautifully situated, and welcoming to everyone who visits, Bristol is one of the UK's most attractive vacation destinations.

Cross the stunning Clifton Suspension Bridge, perched high above the River Avon. Tour the incredible street art of Stokes Croft, attend a play at the Bristol Old Vic while the Shakespeare Festival is on, or just head to the Harbourside area for a waterfront meal and a few local beers.

There are excellent museums like the M Shed, a dynamic music scene, and Michelin-starred restaurants like Casamia to indulge your taste buds. It's all a couple of hours from London Heathrow airport, so why not give Bristol a try? You'll love it.

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When to Visit Bristol

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Bristol is at its best in the summer months (late June through to early September) when the town's festivals tend to take place, and you can wander the markets and shopping streets in warm weather. A good time to go is July, when the Shakespeare Festival is in full swing.

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Where to Stay in Bristol

Bristol has plenty of different neighborhoods to choose from and a wide range of hotels as well. If you want a cozy B&B, Number Thirty Eight Clifton is ideal. The Bristol Hotel has great views of the harbor, while the Wellington offers comfortable luxury rooms above a fine pub in the popular Gloucester Road shopping district.

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Shopping Streets

Bristol offers a mixture of conventional shopping malls and streets packed with independent stores. The most exciting retail district in the city is definitely Gloucester Road, where artisan jewelry stores like MAKE rub shoulders with gift boutiques like Fig, and second-hand stores like Reclaimers Reclamation. The Bristol Shopping Quarter around Broadmead offers more conventional stores, with big names like H&M and Primark.

Groceries and Other

The cheapest places to shop for groceries and other essentials in Bristol are supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury's, and Morrisons, all of which have city center branches. For more upmarket groceries and street food, head to St Nicholas Market, which also hosts the city's farmers' market. Expect to pay around £2.80 for a gallon of milk and £1.90 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Bristol

Bristol has plenty of acclaimed chefs and high-end eateries. Some of the most popular are the Michelin-starred Casamia, No Man's Grace, and Birch. For cheaper, but no less tasty Indian meals, check out the One Stop Thali Cafe, the Latin American dishes at Las Iguanas, or the pizza and microbrewery combination at Zerodegrees. Expect to pay £8-15 for a mid-range meal and over £30 per head at upscale restaurants.