Bristol Life – Top 10

I was lucky enough a couple of years ago to spend a summer residing in Bristol due to a freelance contract, and despite working long hours it didn’t stop me enjoying what Bristol had to offer on the weekends.

Below is my top 10 attractions/places/things to do & see in, what I affectionally call, Brizzle:

Clifton Village

One of the quaintest places in the UK in my eyes, mostly independent shops, beautiful town houses and green spaces – parking however, is a nightmare, avoid at all costs!!!

Brunch on Gloucester Road

Basically what it says on the tin. Lots of brunch places here, and pretty much across Bristol.


Bristol Zoo Gardens

A small affair but Bristol Zoo Gardens is well worth a visit, especially the Seal and Penguin Coasts and the Meerkat Lookout.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Wander up through the village to the bridge and take a walk across, on a clear day you can see far and the photo opportunities are wonderful.


Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Once a year the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta takes over Ashton Court Estate for days of family friendly fun. Not only are there tons of balloons gracing the sky but also fairground rides, exhibitors, traders and entertainment.

SS Great Britain

If you miss the SS Great Britain whilst visiting the harbour I’d be mighty surprised. The ship houses plenty to do, for all ages, and you can even have a go at climbing the rigging. Check it out for sure.



There are so many bars down by the docks to check out…get a plastic cup full of your tipple of choice, head outside and dangle your feet over the edge during the summer and you could almost feel like you were in the South of France!

Banksy Street Art

Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist who is from Bristol, the below image is one of his pieces in his hometown. Despite being vandalised (the blue paint splats) it still remains somewhat intact.


San Carlo

This Italian restaurant is one of the best in the UK, in my humble opinion! Head for pre-dinner drinks at the bar, survey the incredible menu and as always, leave room for dessert.

The Lido

Strictly speaking, I haven’t been here but the reviews from friends speak for themselves and so I’m throwing it out there. I’ll visit asap and report back, promise!

That is the 101 on Bristol, if you’ve never visited, do! And if you have, go again – they’ll be plenty more to see I assure you 🙂

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