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. 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 Temple Meads station is only a short walk from many of the attractions in the city, meaning you can start exploring right away.
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.
Bristol Temple Meads Station has step free access throughout. Those who require can also make use of accessible ticket machines, ramps to trains and assistance reaching platforms.
Bristol Temple Meads is well connected by public transport making a convenient place to start your visit to Bristol. Regular buses service the station, connecting Bristol Temple Meads with the city and the wider area. Taxis are also available.
For further information about Bristol Station, check out our station guide.
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