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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…

Latest blogs

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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9 facts you never knew about Cary Grant’s Bristol connections

Happy Birthday Cary Grant! 18 January marks what would have been Cary Grant’s 120th birthday, and is an opportune moment to stop and celebrate one of Bristol’s biggest success stories and finest exports. He enjoyed a six decade-spanning career as a Hollywood film star and style icon that earned him…

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Discover Doctor Who 60th anniversary filming locations in Bristol

If you were in central Bristol during the summer of 2022, you might have caught a glimpse of explosions, tanks, camera crews, a certain blue police box, and a few famous faces. All of the above are telltale signs of Doctor Who, the world’s longest-running science fiction TV show, which celebrated…

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Bristol film & TV filming locations

In celebration of the city's status as a UNESCO City of Film, we take a look at Bristol: the TV and movie star. Many film productions have beamed Bristol onto the big screen and as well as being a featured location, the city has often played film double and production base for many movies. We’ve put…

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The Visit Bristol guide to The Outlaws season 2

Wholly set and filmed in Bristol, the second series of Stephen Merchant’s hit comedy thriller The Outlaws began on BBC One in the UK on Sunday 5 June 2022, after an extensive shoot that took place at The Bottle Yard Studios and on location across Bristol assisted by the city’s Film Office. The…

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The Outlaws bring Bristol back to your screens

Stephen Merchant’s comedy thriller, The Outlaws, returns to UK TV screens on BBC One on Sunday 5 June 2022 and will also be available on BBC iPlayer. Originally created by Merchant and Elgin James (co-creator of US series Mayans M.C.) The series follows seven strangers from different walks of life…

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Bristol locations used in Alex Rider season two

Coming-of-age drama Alex Rider returns for a second series this December, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime’s free IMDb TV streaming service, after filming on location in Bristol for six months in 2021. Produced by Eleventh Hour Films, Alex Rider is a spy-thriller series based on the popular…

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The Visit Bristol guide to The Outlaws season 1

The first season of Stephen Merchant’s new comedy thriller, The Outlaws, hit UK TV screens on BBC One in October 2021, and is available on BBC iPlayer. Set and filmed in Bristol, the extensive shoot took place on location across the city assisted by Bristol Film Office and at The Bottle Yard Studios…

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Sanditon filming locations in Bristol and beyond

Just as one hit TV series filmed in Bristol, Poldark, comes to an end, another is here to fill the Sunday evening primetime slot. Sanditon is an eight-part series based on Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel of the same name, written in 1817 before Austen’s death and adapted for the small screen by…

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