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Best things to do in Bristol

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

History Museum
“Social history summed up in an extraordinary piece of visionary engineering”
100 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Situated in the centre of beautiful historic Bristol - all the stores, lots of independents, some areas undercover.”
67 locals recommend
History Museum
“It's free and has a couple of Banksys and allsorts. An esoteric mix of art and fascinating stuff!”
70 locals recommend
Museum
“The Industrial Museum. Often has special exhibitions and is in a good building by the dockside cranes. Great views from the roof balcony.”
73 locals recommend
Zoo
“Bristol Zoo, top tip, say you're a Clifton College parent/student and get reduced admission. ”
54 locals recommend
Bridge
“The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.”
83 locals recommend
Art Gallery
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“Greta for events, exhibitions and performances, well worth seeing what's on, Bristol 24/7 can be good for this.”
57 locals recommend
Bridge
“The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world.”
35 locals recommend
Establishment
“High over the River Avon, the suspension bridge is a work of art and synonymous with Bristol. Walk or drive over the bridge and enjoy the views.”
59 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Shopping, restaurants, cafes, a cinema and mini golf - everything you need if you find yourself with a rainy afternoon.”
40 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theatre
“Buzzing multi-arts venue with an arthouse cinema and cafe bar in a warehouse overlooking the water.”
52 locals recommend
Theatre
“Our largest theatre venue, the Hippodrome is the place for musicals and West End shows.”
28 locals recommend
Bar
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“Canteen-style bar and terrace next to a Banksy mural with free live music and locally sourced food.”
63 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Cabot tower is worth a visit for its spectacular view over the city centre.”
35 locals recommend
Park
“A quiet sanctuary hidden within bustling central Bristol. Bring monkey nuts to feed the friendly tame squirrels, eat al fresco whilst enjoying the view. Climb Brandon Hill tower and enjoy a 360º view of Bristol and beyond. Free.”
40 locals recommend
Theatre
“Well worth a visit, even to have some food or a drink. It has just been sympathetically refurbished, and is one of the country's oldest theatres. It's refurbishment has won awards. See a show, even better!”
32 locals recommend