Why You Should Visit Bristol
A charming city nestled in the hills of South West England. 118 miles from London, Bristol is known for its culture, hot air balloons, thriving art scene, walkability, and friendly faces. Being one of the warmest and sunniest cities in the UK makes Bristol the perfect place to visit.
Clifton village, just minutes away from the city centre, has beautiful Georgian architecture, classic pubs and restaurants, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Grab yourself a bite to eat or a pint of Thatchers Gold cider on the terrace at White Lion. Soak in the Bristolian sun and enjoy the breathtaking view of the suspension bridge setting on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge.
The heart of Bristol is its city centre. Home to one of the most famous street artist, Banksy. He first left his infamous marks on the walls of his hometown. In the past, it may have been villainy, now it is a mark of honor. Pieces like Grim Reaper, The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum, Well Hung Lover and Paint-Pot Angel lurk in the shadows around Bristol. While searching for priceless Banksy treasures be sure to check out Small Street Espresso, an independent cozy coffee bar that offers light snacks and a friendly atmosphere.
Proud of its independence, Bristol offers its own paper and digital money called the Bristol Pound. Equivalent to one Sterling Pound, this form of local currency was launched on September 2012 to encourage people to spend their money locally with independent businesses.
If you are lucky enough to be in Bristol from the 9th through the 12th of August you will be treated to a spectacular view of colorful floating hot air balloons. This free event takes flight at dawn and dusk. Bringing in over 100 different hot air balloons from all over the nation. Spanning over four days, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will leave you in awe.
A trip to Bristol wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Old City. Filled with a medieval charm that will leave you imagining what life could have been for the peasants and serfs that roamed the very pebbled streets you wander. Corn Street offers a lively restaurant and bar scene. On Wednesday’s they have a Farmer’s markets and on Tuesdays and Fridays, they have a Street-Food market.
Before you leave, be sure to pick up a bottle of wine and make your way to Castle Park. Seattle beneath a tree and admire all the beauty that Bristol has to offer.