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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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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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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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Bristol’s festival line-up in 2024

Ready for dancing to live music, tucking into delicious street food and sipping pints of cider in the sunshine? Bristol’s festival calendar is jam-packed in 2024. There’s a festival for everything in Bristol, from ballooning to music headliners, cider to cinema. Avoid any inkling of Glastonbury FOMO…

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Review: Hamilton at The Bristol Hippodrome

Serena from Visit Bristol reviews Hamilton at The Bristol Hippodrome: After seeing Hamilton for the first time at the London Victoria Palace theatre a couple of years ago, my expectations were already set in place for the mastery of the musical. Experiencing this touring production at The Bristol…

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Fun things to do with teenagers in Bristol

Worried about keeping teenagers entertained during a visit to Bristol? Don’t be! There’s an endless amount of fun and adventure on offer for their age group, thanks to exciting attractions and activities. Whether they’d be happiest in a wetsuit, on roller skates or holding a spray paint can, here…

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Things to do in Bristol on a Sunday

In town on a Sunday and stuck for entertainment? Well, just so happens we have a few ideas. From *free* dance classes to *free* gigs, there’s no excuse to be holed up in your hotel room watching The Antiques Roadshow… Take a tour Get to the know the city on a guided walking tour - the Blackbeard to…

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Where to watch the Six Nations in Bristol

The Six Nations is back, keeping rugby fans on the edge of their seats over five weekends from 2 February to 16 March 2024. Unless you’re lucky enough to be watching inside one of the six host stadiums, the next best thing is the atmosphere at a packed-out pub or bar. Our handy round-up of places…

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60 free things to do in Bristol

A visit to Bristol doesn’t need to be an expensive one, in fact we’ve got 60 ideas for totally free things to do in Bristol. 1. M Shed Located in a huge 1950s transit shed right on Bristol’s Harbourside, the M Shed museum explores over 2000 years of Bristol’s history and is free to enter. Learn…

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Five easy Bristol hikes

Looking to lace up your boots and go on some long walks and hikes around the city? We asked Mike from Hiker Hero to share a few of his local favourites... Some parts of Bristol are hilly enough that a walk to the shop feels like going on a hike. That said, there’s no better feeling than leaving the…

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