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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 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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Stay on a film set: overnight at Bristol filming locations

Did you know that Bristol is a UNESCO Creative City of Film? This permanent status recognises Bristol's global contribution to film and television over many years, its world class film festivals, popular filming locations and pop-up screenings. While it's easy to be blown away by the film and TV…

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Discover Kiri filming locations in Bristol

Bristol has played host to some of TV's most popular series through the years. Kiri - a captivating four-part Channel 4 drama set in Bristol - comes from Bristol-born BAFTA-winner Jack Thorne. The drama examines the abduction of a young black girl, who is soon-to-be-adopted by her white foster…

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The Pale Horse filming locations in Bristol

Just like Sanditon and Poldark before it, The Pale Horse – the latest BBC flagship drama with a primetime Sunday slot – was filmed on set at The Bottle Yard Studios and on location in Bristol, with support from Bristol Film Office. The two-part series has been adapted by Sarah Phelps from the Agatha…

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Poldark filming locations in Bristol

As the fifth and final series of Poldark hits our screens, we're shining a spotlight on the BBC show's Bristol connections. It might be synonymous with the landscapes of Cornwall, but the production has been based in Bristol, as have a host of other hit TV shows. As well as 18 sets at The Bottle…

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