Lively and dynamic, cosmopolitan and ambitious, Bristol is truly a 21-st century city, combining a rich maritime heritage, state-of-the-art attractions, world-class events and fantastic shopping.
Whether you’re rewarding an individual member of staff for outstanding performance or a team of superstars for going the extra mile, take a closer look at Bristol for incentive travel with a difference. Alongside its range of exciting and unique event venues, Bristol also boasts state-of-the-art attractions, historical landmarks, world-class events, fantastic shopping and superlative dining destinations. Great experiences await and we can help facilitate exclusive behind-the-scenes tours or guides.
From unusual boutique hotels and luxury safari-style lodges to large city centre hotels and historic country houses, all accommodation offers an excellent base for your clients to discover Bristol and the West of England. A number of smaller properties, both in the central and surrounding area, are often available for exclusive use and can provide a one-off travel experience.
Read through this sample itinerary to give you some ideas of what you can do in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Day 1: Discover Bristol
Take an exclusive street art tour. Explore central Bristol and the creative quarter of Stokes Croft to discover an outdoor gallery with colourful graffiti that continually transforms walls and buildings. Combine with a street art workshop to create your own Banksy inspired canvas.
Enjoy lunch in one of Bristol’s award-winning restaurants, either in their main restaurant or in one of the many private dining rooms around the city. Bristol is a real foodie destination and lunch can also be combined with a cookery school class or a chef’s table experience.
After, experience what life was like in the 19th century with a private tour on-board Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s famous ship, ss Great Britain. Your guests can even ‘Go Aloft’ and climb the mainmast for a unique view of Bristol from almost 30 metres above the ground. Combine with a boat trip around Bristol’s beautiful Harbourside, maybe stopping off for a cider tasting at Bristol Cider Shop. Located at the exciting new cargo container development on Wapping Wharf, every tipple is made within 50 miles by the very best cider makers in the West Country. Gin lovers might consider a tutored tasting and distillery tour with Bramley & Gage.
Dress up for dinner at one of Bristol’s award-winning restaurants, including Michelin-starred establishments Wilks, Casamia and The Pony & Trap as well as many other Good Food Guide recommended destinations. Follow up with an evening of cocktails at one of the city’s original speakeasy-style bars like Milk Thistle or Hyde & Co. Then watch a performance at Bristol Old Vic, the Bristol Hippodrome, or delight in some live music at Colston Hall, celebrating 150 years in 2017.
Bristol has a great range of four-star and boutique accommodation. The recommended hotels will largely be determined by the size of the group but many luxury brands, boutique hotels and quality chains are centrally located close to the Harbourside and Old City.
Morning or Evening Hot Air Balloon Ride
For a truly memorable experience, glide over Bristol and surrounding countryside in a hot air balloon. If you visit in August, you can join the amazing Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Europe’s largest ballooning event, and fly with up to 140 balloons.
Day 2: Discover Bath & The Cotswolds
Travel to Bath by first-class train on a short ride from Bristol.
Start with a group walk round the city to discover 2,000 years of history, from the Roman Baths to the 15th-century Bath Abbey, and admire the Georgian architecture for which Bath is renowned: the sweeping terraces of the Royal Crescent, Palladian-style villas on elegant squares and classical facades in warm, golden-hued Bath stone.
After your walk, enjoy Britain’s only natural thermal waters at Thermae Bath Spa, an award-winning day spa which deftly combines the old with the new. Enjoy one of a range of spa treatments or simply soak in the mineral-rich waters of the historic spa buildings, the Hot and Cross Baths, or the contemporary New Royal Bath. And, of course, don’t miss that spectacular view over the city from the rooftop pool.
Take a luxury coach to the Cotswolds: picture-postcard England
at its most enchanting. The thriving market town of Tetbury is one of the most beautiful Cotswold towns with its elegant buildings creating a real sense of timeless beauty. As well as offering an interesting shopping experience with many independent shops, it is also a major centre for antiques.
Visit one of the most sustainable farms in the UK, Daylesford Organic Farm, where food is produced and sold according to sustainable principles and in harmony with the environment. Enjoy a healthy and tasty lunch and perhaps even a half-day cookery class.
Berkeley Castle is well worth a visit. Still home to the Berkeley family after almost 900 years, the state apartments contain magnificent collections of furniture, rare paintings and English and continental tapestries while outside there’s beautiful terraced gardens, a butterfly house and the charming Yurt Tea Rooms.
For an experience with regal grandeur, what beats the special thrill of staying in a luxury castle? Thornbury Castle is a 16thcentury property on the edge of the Cotswolds, to the north of Bristol. Visited by Henry VIII on honeymoon with Anne Boleyn, it has magnificent Tudor gardens and its own vineyard. It also offers fabulous dining, spa services and Tudor-inspired team-building activities that range from Segway jousting and axe throwing to circus skills and duck herding!