If ever there was a city with a story to tell, it’s Bristol. Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has a distinctive identity that outrivals anywhere else. Grounded in roots from centuries past, passionate locals and spirited fans have helped carve out its character ever since.
It’s not hard to see why writers, film directors, artists, actors, scientists, musicians and architects have sought inspiration here.
Famed for its passionate character and its maritime history, and for the acres of parkland and sustainable approach that earned it European Green Capital status, Bristol has created its own distinctive identity.
Year-round festivals, award-winning cycle tracks, gastronomy of every flavour in rejuvenated warehouses and behind secret doorways, stunning cityscapes and awe-inspiring street art, Bristol doesn’t just buzz, it thumps.
Compact enough to get around on foot, yet big enough to boast an exciting line-up of entertainment, Bristol has much to offer.
The Bristol Tourist Information Centre is for visitors and locals alike, and offers everything from help with bus timetables and accommodation booking to souvenirs and gifts.
Bristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK, with excellent road, rail and air links.
View, download and use maps to navigate your way around Bristol.
Not only is Bristol a recognised featured location in its own right, but it’s also a hot bed of production for many TV programmes and films.
Want to know what makes Bristol so special? It's more than just boats, bridges and balloons, you know.
Get under the skin of the city with our insider guides, itineraries, top tips and more on the official Visit Bristol blog.