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Welcome to the Visit Bristol blog, your one-stop shop for ideas, inspiration and handy tips to make your time in Bristol that bit better!  

From suggested itineraries to festival round-ups and unmissable things to do, our guides aim to showcase the best of the city, whatever the time of year. We publish new blogs every week and keep our blog posts up-to-date with the latest information, so you can trust that you’re getting the most accurate and useful tips for your trip. 

Planning a trip with the family? Check out our guides on Places to stay with kids in and around Bristol and Things to do with teenagers. We’ve also got a list of 60 free things to do to keep costs down. 

Coming  here to sample as much of the food scene as you can? Have a read through our list of Bristol’s Michelin-starred restaurants, top cocktail bars and pub gardens, or find the best places to go for vegan food while you’re here. We’re sure you’ll also want to try a tasty Sunday roast while you’re here – we've rounded up a few of the best of those too! 

If you’re local to Bristol, or here for a few days, we’ve also got plenty of suggestions for day trips to the north, south, east and west of the city so that you can experience as much of the region as possible. Maybe you want to tick off all of the World Heritage Sites near Bristol, or discover our most accessible outdoor attractions

We’ll also have seasonal guides to help you get the most out of Summer in Bristol, from rooftop bars to scenic cycle routes, or find out what’s on for Christmas in and around the city. 

Keep checking back for more brilliant Bristol inspiration! 

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Things To Do

24 Things to do in Bristol in 2024

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With a seemingly never-ending list of sights to see and experiences to tick off, how can you pack the best of Bristol into your year? Our top 24 things to do in 2024 is here to help, covering everything from uniquely Bristol attractions to outdoor adventures. It’s no surprise Bristol was…

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10 things to do at Bristol Pride 2024

Bristol Pride is back for 2024, celebrating its 15 th anniversary with a spectacular and diverse lineup of events across the city between the 29 June and the 13 July. The main festival day returns on Saturday 13 July on The Downs, with four stages, circus tent, family and youth zones. The legendary…

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Holiday parks and campsites near Bristol

Summer is the perfect time for a break outside of the city, whether you opt to stay on site at a local attraction with the family or enjoy a peaceful countryside camping trip. Bristol is surrounded by stunning countryside, dramatic coastline and some award-winning attractions just waiting for you to…

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Review: A Child of Science at Bristol Old Vic

Charlotte from Visit West reviews A Child of Science at Bristol Old Vic. A Child of Science is a poignant and inspiring dramatisation that delves into one of the most significant medical breakthroughs of the 20th century. In 1978, Dr. Patrick Steptoe, Dr. Robert Edwards, and Jean Purdy forever…

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Dog-friendly pubs in Bristol for a pint with your pooch

Fancy a cheeky pint somewhere in Bristol after exercising your doggy? No problem! The city has plenty of dog-friendly pubs and bars that are happy to welcome you for a pint with your pooch. Bambalan Brightly coloured Bambalan's dog-friendly staff are always happy to offer water and food bowls if…

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How to celebrate your graduation in Bristol

If you’re one of the graduates-to-be collecting your undergraduate degree, masters or PhD this year, it’s time to mark the end of an era and raise a glass or two with your friends and family. Here are some ideas of ways to celebrate and make it an occasion you never forget. When is Graduation? UWE…

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Waterside places to eat & drink in Bristol

You're never far from the water in Bristol, whether you're looking for a place to enjoy a pint in the Harbourside, or a riverside terrace for a special meal. Here are our top picks for where you can drink or dine by the water's edge. Harbourside No.1 Harbourside One of the city centre's most…

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A gin drinker’s guide to Bristol

Do you know your juniper from your geneva? Is ‘gin o’clock’ scheduled firmly into your diary? Never mind the cider, Bristol has several gin distilleries to its name and plenty of places to drink this splendid spirit. If you’re looking for a bit of gin-spiration, get the Bristol gin low down here… 6…

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Places to stay with kids in Bristol and beyond

Bringing the family to Bristol? After experiencing the excitement of the city’s attractions, adventurous activities and delicious food and drink, you’ll need somewhere to rest and recharge. Luckily, there are countless places to stay with kids, whether you fancy a city centre hotel with big…

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The Visit Bristol guide to The Outlaws season 3

The third season of Bristolian Stephen Merchant's hit comedy thriller The Outlaws begins on BBC One in the UK on Thursday 30 May 2024, and will also be available to stream on BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video. Set and filmed in Bristol, the series once again returned to the city for another…

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Where to watch the UEFA Euro 2024 in Bristol

The 2024 UEFA European Championship takes place from 14 June – 14 July. We’ve included a list of places you can watch the games in and around the city, with huge TV screens, drinks packages and more. Racks Bar and Kitchen With more than 12 screens, Clifton sports bar Racks is a favourite Bristol…

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