Here’s a quick guide to making sure you have everything you need to make the most of your time if you’re visiting Bristol for the Women’s Cricket World Cup.
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Staying in Bristol and getting to the ground
There are a few places to stay near the ground itself, but most of the larger hotels are either in the city centre or around North Bristol. There is easy and frequent public transport to the ground from the city centre as there is limited parking nearby.
Plenty of buses run to Gloucester Road (you’ll need the Nevil Road stop) including 75, 76, 73 and 71. You can catch these from the central area at The Haymarket (outside the Premier Inn/Bristol Fashion Beefeater) or Stokes Croft (opposite The Full Moon & Attic Bar).
You can also take a local train service from Bristol Temple Meads to either Redland or Montpelier after which you’ll have around a 20-minute walk to the ground.
Image - A womens-only dorm at The Full Moon backpacker hostel
Gloucester Road area
Image - Owner Sarah outside Room 212
There are loads of great places to eat and grab a drink along Gloucester Road, including great places for breakfast and brunch. It’s also worth checking out Joe’s Bakery for local specialities.
After the match has finished, you can find plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants within walking distance of the ground. There are loads of different cuisines to try – Lebanese, Turkish, Indian, burgers, bagels, pizza and British specialities are all easy to find, as is a decent pint of local beer or a cocktail. Quite a few of the pubs have gardens and many are family friendly – The Royal Oak, Wellington and Lazy Dog are all around 10–15 minutes of the ground. There are also a few pubs that have great live music – check out the Gallimaufry and Golden Lion.
It’s also a great place to shop. Gloucester Road is one of the longest independent shopping streets in Europe and you’ll find everything from art to fish to flowers. Local art and collectables can be bought at Room 212 (you can’t miss it – it’s the one with the Cary Grant street art).
Other things to do and what to book in advance
Image - Poolside dining at the Lido
The Harbourside is the perfect place to while away a summer’s evening – there are galleries, museums, bars, restaurants and one of the most visited attractions in Bristol, Brunel’s SS Great Britain. It took the first English cricket tour to Australia in 1861 and included legendary Bristolian WG Grace. Families will enjoy At-Bristol Science Centre and Bristol Aquarium, and if the sun is shining (which of course it will be) there are outdoor water features to help tiny toes cool down.
If you’re looking for high street stores, restaurants and entertainment, Cabot Circus and Bristol Shopping Quarter are great to visit, with many shops open until 8pm during the week and Showcase Cinema de Luxe offering the latest blockbusters. For a treat, watch in the Director’s Lounge.
Bristol has a huge range of special tours and experiences but it’s always best to book these ahead if you want to guarantee your place. Bristol Street Art Tours and EatWalkTalk Bristol Food Tours give a taste (literally in the case of the food tours) of a different side of the city.
For an experience you’ll truly never forget, book a hot air balloon ride with one of the Bristol Balloon companies or a Meet the Animal experience at Bristol Zoo Gardens. You could even spend a night at the Zoo in their luxury Lodge for the ultimate stay for animal lovers.
For a little ‘me time’, book some time in the Spa at the Lido or at the Harbour Hotel & Spa. At the Lido, you can also organise one of their brilliant ‘swim and dine’ packages – swim in beautifully refurbished outdoor Victorian swimming pool and then dine in one of Bristol’s finest restaurants, with great locally sourced, fresh produce and some of the best scallops you’ll ever taste.
Days out, festivals and events
Image - Clifton Suspension Bridge with balloons in the distance. Credit - Gary Newman
During June and July, Bristol is crammed full of special events that it’s definitely worth staying an extra day for.
There are also loads of river trips to pick from. Take a cruise along the Avon Gorge, a traditional afternoon tea trip or have Sunday Lunch at Beese's Tea Rooms (they also stage live music on selected evenings).
Make a special dino day by visiting the dinosaurs at Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Pliosaurus exhibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, or a cultural day combining visits to Arnolfini and the Royal West of England Academy. If heritage is more your thing, don’t miss the hidden treasures of Georgian House Museum and The Red Lodge, and no trip to Bristol is complete without a visit to the spectacular Clifton Suspension Bridge and Visitor Centre – and these three all offer free entry.