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The blend of past and present gives Bristol its unique character
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Recently voted as the best place to live in the UK, Bristol combines rich maritime heritage with a contemporary vibe. Straddling the River Avon, Bristol takes pride in its independence and offers visitors everything from shops and restaurants to museums and outdoor activities. Hop on a train to Bristol and wander through the Old City to soak up the Georgian history, or enjoy a tasty meal and discover the pubs and bars that dot the city.
Bristol is the largest city in South West England and attracts loads of visitors every year. Famous for its hipster culture, suspension bridge and street art, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular destination. CrossCountry runs many direct trains to Bristol - we’ve listed some of our more frequent services below.
The main station in Bristol city centre is Bristol Temple Meads.
Bristol Temple Meads is situated to the south east of the hustle and bustle, roughly a 15-minute walk from the centre. There are also a couple of bus routes you can take that will drop you at various points round town.
There is a direct train service (the Air Connect) from Bristol Temple Meads that drops you right at Bristol Airport in just 30-minutes.
There are lots of ways to bag yourself cheaper tickets. Sometimes booking two single tickets can work out cheaper, and so can travelling off-peak and booking in advance. Check whether you’re eligible for a railcard - if so, you’ll be able to save ⅓ off your train fare. Take a look at our cheap tickets page for more helpful tips.
For further information about stations in Bristol, check out our station guide.
Whether you’re looking for your favourite high street store or a special trinket to remind you of your visit, Bristol’s shopping scene has got it all. In the Bristol Shopping Quarter there are 500 shops, restaurants, and cafés so you should be able to find what you’re looking for. For something a little different, step back in time at St. James’ Arcade, a Grade II listed Victorian shopping arcade, filled with boutique shops and cafés. If you’re looking for quirky, unique pieces then head to the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter. These narrow, muddled lanes date back to the 1600s and are home to silversmiths, design shops, book sellers and more. For more local, independent shops, visit Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft, where you’re sure to get your vintage fix.
Packed full of independent restaurants, bars and cafés, Bristol is a self-proclaimed city of foodies. Whether you want fancy gourmet or cheap street food, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Bristol. For Michelin stars, head to Casamia on the Harbourside for a sensational, strictly seasonal menu and an intimate dining experience. If you’re visiting with the kids, there’s lots of places that love welcoming little ones into their restaurants; you’ll find plenty of kids’ menus and colouring activities. Don’t miss out on St Nicholas Market, a maze of quirky stalls, street food and historic architecture in the heart of the old city. Bristol is full of pubs, bars and clubs and if you fancy a cocktail, you’re in the right place. Try Hyde & Co or Milk Thistle for the hippest bars in town.
Paved by a rich maritime history, Bristol has a thriving culture. Explore the historic docks and visit the free M-shed museum, and discover Bristol’s story via film, photographs and personal stories. For spectacular views over the city and harbour, head up Park Street and climb the steps to the top of Cabot Tower. Bristol is home to world-famous artist Banksy so keep your eyes peeled for his original pieces as you explore the city. If you like the theatre, Bristol’s got a slew of them, so check out what’s on at Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, and the Tobacco Factory Theatres. Children will enjoy Bristol Zoo Gardens, where they can see the animals, play in the gardens and enjoy several other attractions.
We want to help you travel cheaply, so we encourage you to book in advance and enjoy great savings! To get the very best out of your train travel, view our special offers and learn about our exclusive benefits offered to registered customers.
If you want to explore Bristol and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Bristol before you arrive.
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