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We've pulled together a list of some of the most popular places our customers like to visit and for your ease, we've included some local information and top tips on where to dine, stay and play!

Isle of Wight


The Isle of Wight is offers stunning coastlines, miles of countryside, quant villages and bustling towns and is truly unique.


Easily reached by train, coach or car, and less than 2 hours from London by train and Hovercraft, the UK's Holiday Island and dinosur Capital of Great Britain, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination any time of the year.



Whether you're visiting for the miles of sandy beaches, coastal walks, well-being retreats, high adrenalin sports and activities, family attractions, historical buildings, dinosaur finds or for the best local food produce, Hovertravel can assist in hosting your journey to the Island and onwards.



 sailing boats at sunset



For information about travel and to assist with choosing your ticket type, see a copy of our 2017 Travel & Attractions brochure - available to download here shortly.





General information

The Isle of Wight at the southern most tip of the UK is also know as the Garden Isle and is noted for its warm welcome, Osborne, East Coweswarm climate and stunning scenery.Made popular in the Victorian era, when Queen Victoria made Osborne House her permanent home following the death of Prince albert, many towns on the Island still maintain their Victorian heritage in architecture, lighting and signage.


People's Favourites

Best Place to:

1) Enjoy a drink by a log fire -  The Boathouse, Seaview www.theboathouseiow.co.uk.  You can reach the Boathouse by taking a walk along the seafront from Hovertravel in 20 mins.

2) Experience the best Hot Chocolate - The Chocolate Apothecary, Ryde www.chocolateapothecary.co.uk.  Our neighbours opposite the terminal, always offering a warm welcome.

3) Pub with the best live music - The King Lud, Ryde www.kinglud.co.uk.  A 5 min walk from the terminal 'a versatile little pub, offering local musicians frequent opportunities to show their wares'

4) Buy the Best Fish & Chips - Chipmunks, Ryde. A short stroll from the Terminal, just along from the beach.

5) Find the best local beer - Simeon Arms, Ryde  21 Simeon Street, Ryde. Tucked away but not just a locals secret.

6) Build Sandcastles   'yes we know its winter but on a dry day the kids will still love doing this!' - Appley Beach, Ryde - 5 min walk from Hover Terminal

7) View the sunset - Sandown Cliffs & Culver Bay, OS grid reference · SZ600843 (Easily reached by train or bus)sunset view from Culver Cliff

8) For adrenalin seekers on the Island to have fun - Compton Bay, OS Grid Reference: SZ350855 (SWW of Island)



The Island is home to over 60 attractions from theme parks, wildlife parks, castles, Royal homes, galleries, vintage transport, attractions and are suitable for all ages.  Check out our attraction pages for more detail and great value deals on combination travel and attraction entrance tickets.





The Isle of Wight is a unique place for shopping with family-run shops and stylish boutiques nestled in between larger high street stores.  Throughout the Island in many towns and villages you will find craft shops, farm shops with local produce and galleries.

In Ryde just near the Hovercraft Terminal, Ryde offers a variety of stylish boutiques, wedding specialists, skincare and lingerie specialist outlets as well as traditional book stores, souvenir & memorabilia shops.  Visit Liz Earle's Union store to stock up your your favourite skincare items or enjoy a pampering treat.


Food & Drink

Food and DrinkThe Island boasts a great variery of places to eat and drink,a from sophisticated restaurants offering top chef specialities to characterful Tea Rooms.

Many local eateries offering local produce including meats, poultry, dairy and local fruit and veg.There is a dining place to suit everyone including country pubs, wine bars, family friendly establishments, award winning restaurants, seafont cafes and quaint tea rooms.  

Hovertravel has some great hover & Dine combo odders which offer you return travel and meal at a great value price.  Our hover and Dine deals are on offer with The Royal Esplanade Hotel, The Ryde Castle and Solent Forts.  See more on our Special Offer pages.



Hovertravel operate a special scheme with selected accommodation providers on the Isle of Wight who provide quality half board and Bed & Breakfast service.  Hovertravel allow all guests of these accommodations to gain a 10% discount on travel to and from the property and throughout your stay.  Here are some of the accomodations to date:


The Bay Royal Esplanade Hotel.  tel: 0844 4999356 The Bay Royal Esplanade Hotel is conveniently located on the esplanade and this Victorian hotel has unique sea-views from its level seafront position. There are some wonderful views from the restaurant and lounges. See our Fly & Stay deal for a great value overnight stay.

Seahaven guest House, tel: 01983 563069      A warm friendly welcome awaits you at the seahaven a family-run business that offers sea-views and is ideally placed for ryde's pubs restaurants bars and shops. Seahaven house is a traditional old victorian building which faces ryde pier and has views directly across the sea and western beach.

Sorrento Lodge tel:  01983 812813  With fantastic views out over the Solent and harbour, right across to the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth. Sorrento Lodge Bed & Breakfast is a Grade II listed early Victorian building and has recently been totally refurbished to an extremely high standard.

The Town House tel: 01983 629576, www.thetownhouseryde.co.uk. The Townhouse, Ryde offers boutique bed and breakfast accommodation. The Town House offer something a little bit different. Luxury accommodation, special little touches and a relaxed atmosphere. A couple of minutes walk from the house is the beach where at low tide, the sand goes on for miles. This late Victorian four storey townhouse is located amongst the little stretch of shops on Monkton Street with the best fish and chip shop in Ryde on their doorstep!

In partnership with their little beach cafe, The Beach Hut Bembridge, The Town House are offering a dine and stay weekend deal of 2 nights accommodation and dinner either the Friday or Saturday of your stay at our little beach cafe in Bembridge specialising in seafood. Call to ask for availability.

Appley Manor Hotel.  tel:  Built in 1850 as a magnificent Victorian residence. Appley Manor offers comfortable accommodation with the Manor Inn serving home cooked food throughout the day attached to it and a short walk to Ryde's glorious sandy beaches.


The Grange Tel:01983 867644.    The Grange is one of the most beautiful Isle of Wight hotels. Situated in Shanklin's Old Village, it is just a short walk from picturesque thatched cottages, pubs and restaurants and only a couple of minutes from the sea. The train station is just a few minutes away.The Grange has the AA's Four Star Guest Accommodation grading and has been awarded  a 2012 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.


The Royal Hotel: www.royalhoteliow.co.uk.

The Lake Country House B&B. The Lake bed & breakfast in Bonchurch village near Ventnor,just 400 yards from the sea, offers good comfortable 4 star accommodation with hearty healthy breakfast. Good pub and restaurant close by.  www.lakehotel.co.uk

Southsea Castle

Portsmouth & Southsea

Here is the fifth in our 100 places to visit series:

Southsea Castle Brian Kidd Way – Can you believe this is only 5 minutes walk from our Southsea terminal? Why not stop in the The Courtyard for lunch?
(Reached by Hovertravel to Southsea) 


General information

Portsmouth is the second largest city in the county of Hampshire on the South Coast of England.  

As a significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth is home to the world's oldest dry dock still in use and also home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.

The Spinnaker Tower a striking addition to the city's skyline and is found amongst an area of retail outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars now known as Gunwharf Quays.

The International Port

Portsmouth will see an unrivalled procession of cruise ships visiting. If you are in Southampton, the Isle of Wightcan make an excellent destination for a day trip and with Hovertravel it is less than ten minutes across the water.

Hovertravel operates the only passenger hovercraft in Europe between Southsea,Portsmouthand Ryde on theIsle of Wight. This great British invention is an iconic way to travel, as the craft flies above the water at a height of 1.5 metres and at speeds of up to 35 knots.

Hovertravel is also the quickest way to get from the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth  for any cruise lovers living on the Island. And what a great way to start and end your holiday, with a thrilling flight across the Solent.


Rainy Day Idea

       1.      Visit Portsmouth City Museum

The City Museum explores different facets of Portsmouth’s rich and varied history – from the everyday to moments when the city has played its role in national and international events.  Portsmouth is the birthplace of the novelist Charles Dickens and the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes (conceived of here by his creator Arthur Conan Doyle).  For this year only – the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens - visitors can experience two great writers at the City Museum.

       2. Do the Charles Dickens Trail through Old Portsmouth & Visit Charles Dickens Birthplace

Literary fans may find no better walking option than the Charles Dickens Trail, which makes its way through the centre of Portsmouth, taking in some of the author's landmark buildings and locations. This route combines the best of urban hiking with the chance to stroll on the beach.

       3.       Visit a Butterfly House in Southsea

The Cumberland Butterfly House is one of only a handful in the country. Walk around while butterflies fly around your head.

       4.       Visit the Big Guns at Fort Nelson

Strategically positioned atop Portsdown Hill, with panoramic views across Portsmouth Harbour, Fort Nelson is an historic monument, restored to how it would have been in the 1890s. Visitors can access most areas of the fortifications and see how the Fort would have operated. The museum’s displays trace the development of artillery from pre-gunpowder siege machines to modern-day super guns. There are over 350 big guns on display. Fort Nelson has just undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment transforming it into a museum for the 21st century. Featuring a new visitor centre, a new café and new galleries, including the magnificent Voice of the Guns gallery.

      5.       See contemporary art inspired by Riot & Protest

Visit the Aspex Gallery where the work featured is from artists living within one hour’s travel time of the gallery. (exhibition ends 26 August)


Gunwhalf Quays is the very epitome of Portsmouth's modernisation and the explosion of external investment in the city in recent years. with some of the biggest and best outlets around, Gunwhalf's retail sector is further complemented by its bars, restaurants and the modern architecture that contains it all. For those who know the are well, just past Guildhall brings you to Commercial road and even more shops and cafés that really give off the feel of a modern maritime city.


Food & Drink

The restaurant business in the city is continuing to grow and Gunwhalf Quays currently already contains some of the biggest chains in the country (if not the world). From Chiquitos to the Slug and Lettuce, enjoy a fantastic sit down meal over looking the harbour and watching both the ships and the tide roll in and out.



The Premier Inn 

This modern budget hotel by the sea is a 1-minute walk from Clarence Pier and Hovertravel's Southsea terminal, and also less than a mile from the Spinnaker Tower. 

Rooms range from singles to family rooms with 2 pull-out beds, where kids aged 15 and under eat and stay free with paying adults. In-room amenities feature free WiFi, pillow-top mattresses and en suite bathrooms with showers, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities, TVs and desks.

There's an adjoining Brewers Fayre pub/restaurant and free parking. Breakfast (an extra cost) includes all-you-can-eat and light choices.


Queens Hotel Portsmouth

Across the street from a park on the Clarence Parade, this stately Edwardian hotel is a 10-minute walk from the D-Day Museum and 7 minutes to the Clarence Pier and Hovertravel's Southsea terminal.
Modest rooms have free WiFi, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Some rooms feature sea views. Family rooms are available
Ibis Hotel Portsmouth
A 7-minute walk from Portsmouth & Southsea railway station, this contemporary budget hotel is 0.8 miles from Spinnaker Tower observation deck and 1.1 miles from the HMS Victory.
The minimalist rooms come with free Wi-Fi, TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities, along with desks and custom-designed beds.



General information

An unspoilt Cathedral city on the edge of theSouth DownsNational Park,WinchesterisEngland’s ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great.  Today,Winchester combines the best of city life with the freshness of the surrounding countryside. You can purchase a through rail ticket from Ryde Hoverport to Winchester with South West Trains at Ryde Hovertravel terminals or alternatively on www.southwesttrains.co.uk. The journey takes approximately 1 hr 45 minutes from Ryde, Isle of Wight. 


The city is packed with historic buildings, monuments and museums just waiting to be explored.  Some of the city’s highlights include:

winchester-cathedral• Winchester Cathedral
Tel: 01962 857 200
Website: www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk
Open: All year, daily 8am-6pm (advisable to check opening times before visiting)
Admission: Adults £6.50
Explore over 1000 years of history in this magnificent building. Walk in the footsteps of great historical figures and see where Jane Austen now rests.

• The Great Hall and King Arthur’s Round Table
Tel: 01962 846 476
Website: www.hants.gov.uk/greathall
Open: All year, daily 10am-5pm (advisable to check opening times before visiting)
Admission: Free
The only surviving part of Winchester Castle, once home to the Domesday Book this 13th Century hall was the centre of court and government life. The Round Table closely associated with the legendary King Arthur has hung here for over 700 years.

• Winchester City Museum
Tel: 01962 863 064
Website: www.winchester.gov.uk/museums 
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm
Admission: Free
The museum tells Winchester’s nationally important story as a major Roman centre and afterwards as the principal city of Alfred and later Anglo Saxon and Norman Kings. The museum includes reconstructed Victorian and Edwardian shops.

• The Westgate Museum
Tel: 01962 869 864
Website: www.winchester.gov.uk/museums 
Open: Saturday and Sunday only
Admission: Free
The medieval gateway to Winchester and once a debtors prison. The Westgate provides visitors with fantastic rooftop views of the city.

• Winchester College
Tel: 01962 621 209
Website: www.winchestercollege.org
Open: Please contact for times of tours
Admission: Adult £6
Founded in 1832 the college is believed to be the oldest continually running school in England. Guided tours and group visits are available year round

• The Hospital of St Cross
Tel: 01962 878 218
Website: www.stcrosshospital.co.uk
Open: Monday to Saturday: 9:30am – 5pm (summer) and 10:30-3:30pm (winter)
Admission: Adult £4
Nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen and in the shadow of St Catherine’s Hill lies the ancient Hospital of St Cross. Reknowned for the tranquillity of its setting and the beauty of its architecture, the Hospital is one of England’s oldest continuing almshouses.




Winchesteris a paradise for shopping connoisseurs, the city and the surrounding market towns boast a tempting array of independent shops, boutiques and art galleries in scenic settings.  The city’s bustling markets on the high street take place every Wednesday through Saturday selling everything from local produce to flowers and second hand books.  The country’s largest farmers’ market takes place on the second and last Sunday of each month. 

Food & Drink

The Winchester District is home to a number of award winning pubs and restaurants.  Drawing on its rural resources the city enjoys a growing reputation for quality local produce.  Take your pick of our Hampshire Hospitality Award Winners by visiting the Visit Winchester website



If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Winchester you can choose from a wide variety of properties from top class hotels to small family run B&B’s. All properties promoted are quality assessed, so you can be sure of a high standard of comfort and care. Our friendly accommodation owners promise you a warm welcome toWinchester, ensuring that every stay is a memorable one!



General information

The Palace of WestminsterVisit the Worlds third most popular city and the very heart of our great nation. With trains every 30 minutes from Portsmouth Harbour train station there is no excuse to miss out on a trip to the capital and enjoy the range of attractions on offer. You can leave Ryde and arrive at Waterloo within 2 hours, its closer than you think.  If you prefer to travel by coach National Express offer a pick up from Southsea Terminal at 0845, 0945 & 1000 direct to London Victoria with a journey time from just 2h5mins.



As part of out 100 Places to Visit Campaign we're recommending a visit to Hyde Park. 
Free to visit and a haven of tranquility in the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world. Grab a deckchair and chill. The history of the city is thrilling and there is more to do in London than just shop and visit museums! with some of the best world famous cafés and bars the great glare of the big city will surely leave you mesmerised.



London's shopping scene is world famous and invokes all kinds of imges of glamour and affluence. However shopping in London can suit everyone and whether it be the classic
retail outlets on Oxford Street or the dizzy prices of Harrods in Knightsbridge. 


Food & Drink

London is home to restaurants of famous chefs worldwide such as: Jamie Oliver, Gorden Ramsey and Marco Pierre White. Although London's restaurants are famed for their sophisticated cuisine and their ability to wow every sense, there are a few that are smaller, cheaper and better for the whole family whether it be the Giraffe restaurant (SW1V 1JZ), or the Tortellini Cup (NW3 6LU).   



Premier Inn London Victoria (SW1V 1PS)

So close to the sights you're almost rubbing shoulders with Royalty, Premier Inn London Victoria puts you in prime position. You can stroll to many of the capital's most famous sights and, with Victoria Station just minutes away, you're connected to city, country and coast.


Comfort Inn London Victoria (SW1V 1QF)

A 6-minute walk from London Victoria's sprawling train station, this traditional hotel in 3 Georgian-style townhouses is a 10-minute walk from Westminster Cathedral's Byzantine-style Victorian church.


Wellington Hotel (SE1 8UD)

Opposite Waterloo station and beneath the railway lines, this traditional pub with contemporary rooms is 8 minutes’ walk from the London Eye and 3 minutes’ walk to famous theatre the Old Vic.

General information

The county town of Surrey, Guildford is a vibrant market town steeped in history with a thriving arts culture. Nestled close to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and cut through by the River Wey it is the perfect place to stay to explore the whole of South East England. Just 30 minutes to London by train and close to the A3, M3 and M25 getting around is easy – or if you are feeling energetic, why not cycle – and follow the route taken by the Olympic Road Cycle Race or the Tour of Britain. You can purchase a through rail ticket from Ryde Hoverport to Guildford with South West Trains at Ryde Hovertravel terminals or alternatively on www.southwesttrains.co.uk. The journey takes approximately 1 hr 45 minutes from Ryde, Isle of Wight.


The town is steeped in heritage and many of the most interesting places to see are free!

Guildford GuildhallGuildford House Gallery
Tel: 01483 444751
Website: www.guildford.gov.uk/heritage
Home of the Tourist Information Centre where free maps and guides of the town are available.
Gallery open 10am to 4.45pm Monday to Saturday – admission FREE
Gallery café open 9.30am to 4.15pm Monday to Saturday
Craft Shop open 10am to 4.45pm Tuesday to Saturday
Tourist office open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm all year and Sundays 11am to 4pm from May to September.

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Tel: 01483 44 00 00
Website www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
The ideal place for a complete night out with two auditoriums, restaurants bars and a riverside garden. The programme offers new plays, pre and post West End shows and classics, plus opera, ballet, music and comedy as well as children’s events.

Guildford CastleGuildford Castle
Tel: 01483 444751
Website www.guildford.gov.uk/guildfordcastle
Open: April to September 10am to 5pm every day. October to March: Saturdays and Sundays and October Half Term 11am to 4pm. Closed November to February.
The castle grounds are open all year round – admission FREE
Visit the Castle and head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360 degree panoramic view of Guildford and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Built in the 12th Century the ground floor contains an exhibition of its history.

Guildford Museum
Tel; 01483 444751
Web: www.guildfordmuseum.co.uk
Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 5pm – admission FREE
Set in a series of historic buildings just a couple of minutes walk from the High Street, the Museum is full of charm and interest. Displays include archaeology, local history and textiles as well as Lewis Carroll and Gertrude Gekyll

Guildford Boat House
Tel: 01483 504494
Web: www.guildfordboats.co.uk
Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm from Easter till October. Sundays 10am to 5pm.
Take leisurely trip down the River Wey with an excursion of an hour or two on board the Harry Stevens, or with a meal afloat with a party of friend on board the Alfred Leroy.

Guildford Guided WalksGuided Walks of Guildford
Tel: 01483 444333
Website: www.guildfordwalks.org.uk
Free History of Guildford Walks from May to September – other walks during July and groups catered on request.

Guildford Cathedral
Tel: 01483 547860
Website: www.guildford-cathedral.org
Open daily throughout the year 8.30am to 6.30pm
GuildfordGuildford Cathedral is an imposing landmark from its position on the top of Stag Hill with commanding views of the surrounding area. Inside there is tranquillity, pace and simple beauty, light and space. Knowledgeable guides will give you a guided tour. Plenty of parking.

G Live
Tel: 0844 7701 797
Web: www.glive.co.uk
Guildford’s new 1000 seater entertainment venue (1700 seated/standing) with an lively and original programme of music of all genre, comedy, childrens shows and musicals.



Guildford High StreetGuildford has no less than three undercover shopping malls, Tunsgate Square, White Lion Walk and The Friary Centre – so if you visit coincides with inclement weather, you can still shop till you drop in comfort. You will find all the well known high street brands including Urban Outfitters, Hollister, Karen Millen, Calvin Klein, House of Fraser, Debenhams, LK Bennett and more and the side streets are full of charm and quirky independent shops. The North Street market takes place on Fridays and Saturdays and the Farmers Market on the first Tuesday of every month in the High Street.

Food & Drink

Guildford boast many restaurants, pubs and cafes, some alongside the River Wey so you can watch the world go by! Many serve locally sourced ingredients and cater for a wide range of tastes including British, French, Mediterranean, Chinese, Indian and even Argentinian Beef! For details of places to eat in Guildford and across Surrey go to www.visitsurrey.com.


In the town centre alone, Guildford has the new Radisson Blu Edwardian 4 star hotel and the Mandolay Hotel as well as the Asperion Guest House. In the surrounding areas you’ll find countryside hotels and quirky B&B’s to suit all tastes and budgets – www.visitsurrey.com or contact Guildford Tourist Information Centre 01483 444333


General information

Visit Brighton, Britain's best loved seaside city with a stunning coastline and a plethora of attractions the whole family can enjoy. With activities around each corner that are great for people young and old,  this artistic city holds the perfect blend of modern and classic architecture; as well as embracing the diversity of cultures brought to the area through commerce, tourism and the expansion of the new global community. Visit the city with one of the various travel connections Hovertravel links with and begin experiencing the local sights and sounds. From the Pier to the Pavilion Brighton is bursting with character that can be enjoyed all year round.

The surrounding areas of Brighton completely remove you from the hustle and bustle of a modern city, as the city is surrounded by the awe-inspiring south downs, furthermore why not check out the great historic sites of Hastings, Eastbourne and Lewes. 



Brighton Pier

If your looking for fun and excitement in Brighton, then look no further than Brighton Pier. With more arcade games than you can shake a stick at, and a funfair full of exciting rides and fantastic treats including the piers legendary home made doughnuts and fish and chips. If the pier isn't enough to get your heart racing then try the fascinating world of the Brighton Sea Life Centre. Family-friendly exhibits featuring more than 5,000 sea creatures, plus a play area & group packages all available to   pre-book. If arts, history and culture are more your thing then why not investigate the Brighton Pavilion The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with                                                    a colourful history, built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV in between
1787 and 1823. 



If your looking for shopping the Brighton is the place for you! The Churchill Square                               Churchill Square Shopping Centre Brighton
shopping centre 
With an excellent selection of 80 stores, Churchill Square is the destination
for busy shoppers looking for great retail stores or somewhere to relax. For those however who prefer the more quirky off beat shopping experience the North and South Lanes are overflowing with independent small shops suited to any need or fancy.

Food & Drink

Brighton's vibrant nature and diversity is reflected in no greater way than in its world class cuisine. Restaurants with themes and dishes from all over the world are in great locations to tingle your taste buds after a long day enjoying what the city has to offer. Restaurants like Indian Summer, one of Brighton's best loved and loyally followed restaurants, or how about JB's Diner for outrageous American American food with a classic 1950's theme overlooking the pier. If however you fancy something closer to home and more traditional then The Lord Nelson Inn, just round the corner from the station, is the place to go to get your traditional pub food in a warm and lively atmosphere.




The Grand Hotel (BN1 2FW)


This high-end Victorian seafront hotel with ornate interiors is a 12-minute walk from the Royal Pavilion and half a mile from Brighton Pier.




Hilton Brighton Metropole (BN1 2FU)


Less than a mile from Brighton railway station, this upscale Victorian seafront hotel is within 15 minutes' walk of both Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion palace. 




Travelodge Brighton (BN1 2RE)


A 10-minute walk from Royal Pavilion palace and gardens, this simple hotel is also 0.4 miles from Brighton Pier.



General information

BristolVisit 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

BristolBristol 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.




Clifton Suspension BridgeBristol 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.



Bristol ShoppersWith 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.



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