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Bristol Travel Guide
Visit Bristol, Britain's largest city in South West England and embark on a voyage of discovery! From its stunning green parks and Georgian architecture to its streets adorned with cutting-edge restaurants and world-class museums, Bristol blends history, commerce and culture together seamlessly to create one of the UK's top destinations. An historic maritime city, it's full of exciting attractions and bursting with events and festivals throughout the year, from waterfront regattas to ballooning spectaculars. There's fantastic shopping at Cabot Circus, wonderful fresh food markets in the medieval Old City, stunning nightlife, restaurants and cafés on the Harbourside and some of the finest theatres and concert halls in the country.
Culture & heritage
Bristol has a rich and eventful maritime history, the Old City district is much as it was hundreds of years ago, with cobbled streets and historic architecture. From a medieval city to a cutting-edge cultural destination, Bristol continues to lead the way in its own unique style. It’s the UK’s greenest city as well, with over 450 open spaces and easy access to the surrounding coast and countryside.
Bristol has a wealth of attractions. The most iconic and famous is Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge. Another of Brunel's engineering feats is the SS Great Britain. Bristol Zoo Gardens offers you over 450 species to see during the day or have a look in one of Bristol’s many sacred places, such as the Bristol Cathedral and St Mary Redcliffe.
With a choice of over 500 stores, from Harvey Nichols to Primark, Bristol city centre is the South West’s shopping capital. Clifton Village, Park Street, Stokes Croft are notable for quirky, independent stores and on the northern edge of Bristol, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is a popular indoor shopping centre.
Food & drink
In addition to the many award-winning restaurants, cafes and bars, Bristol has developed a reputation for locally produced food and drink. St Nicholas Market in the Old City is the site of the world's first Slow Food market and a regular farmers' market, one of many throughout the city. You can head over to the Harbourside as well and check out the many stylish bars and restaurants, such as the largest restaurant in the UK, Za Za Bazaar with a variety of food from around the world.
Hovertravel recommend Clifton Hotels in Bristol for overnight accommodation. Clifton Hotels are a chain of 4 hotels in Bristol. When you book with Clifton Hotels, as Hovertravel customers you can now receive heavy discounts on your accommodation. Simply book with one of the below 4 hotels and quote HOVERTRAVEL to receive these discounts.
The Washington Guest House
The Washington Guesthouse provides budget accommodation in the heart of Bristol. The bedrooms are both comfortable and competitively priced. With a full English or Continental breakfast, bowl of fruit, biscuits and complimentary tea and coffee included in the price of every room, the Washington really is the best budget guesthouse Bristol has to offer.
The Clifton Hotel
The Clifton is a Café Hotel with a vibrant atmosphere focusing on fun and indulgence. A firm favourite with visitors to the city, the Clifton Hotel offers unique bedrooms with individuality, and an ideal location, 5 minutes walk to Bristol city centre and 5 minutes walk to the heart of Clifton Village. Whether you want to put your feet up in the chic Caffe Clifton, get a table at the lively Racks restaurant, or just admire the towel origami, the Clifton is the ideal Bristol city centre hotel.
The Rodney Hotel
A small hotel of 31 rooms and 2 conference rooms, the atmosphere at the Rodney is warm and welcoming, as the staff go out of their way to make every guest feel special, tailoring services to individual needs. Conference facilities and an award winning restaurant make it the most elegant luxury accommodation and business accommodationBristol has to offer.
The Berkeley Square Hotel
The luxurious art hotel is nestled into Bristol's finest Georgian buildings and is situated at the top of the elegant Park Street, overlooking a peaceful square in the heart of Bristol. The private members club, award winning restaurant and in-house art gallery ensure that the boutique feel emanates throughout. Rooms range from Executive to the luxury Club category and include a complimentary decanter of Bristol Cream sherry.