Tech-savvy tourists rejoice! If you want to ditch the map and guide book, take a look at these smartphone must-haves that will make your stay in Bristol as easy as A-P-P.

Wriggle

With Wriggle you can enjoy exclusive deals at Bristol’s independent restaurants. The App is updated daily and features some of the city’s most popular spots alongside up-and-coming new sites and local favourites. Check the App daily and enjoy anything from a colourful bibimbap to a fancy meal for two and cheap afternoon cocktails, all at a reduced price.

Wriggle

Banksy Bristol Trail by Cactus Apps

Street Art is one of Bristol’s most famous attractions and hunting it out is a fun way to discover the city’s unique creative culture. This easy-to-follow smartphone App has interactive map guides that help you easily navigate Banksy's artworks dotted around his home city. The App also includes information and photos of pieces that are no longer visible, plus a 25% discount for the bestselling book Home Sweet Home which celebrates Banksy’s street art in Bristol.

Banksy Mild Mild West

First Bus and First Bus m-Tickets

Plan your journeys around Bristol from door-to-door with real-time information about local bus services using the First Bus App. If you want to save money while travelling you can also download the First Bus m-Tickets App which allows you to purchase mobile bus tickets in advance at a cheaper rate than a paper ticket from the driver, so you don’t have to worry about having the right change. Choose from a book of single tickets, to day and group tickets, or even snap up a ticket for the Bristol Airport Flyer (£1 cheaper via the app). Plus its greener! 

Gromit Unleashed 2

In its third major arts trail with Academy Award®-winning animation studio Aardman, Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal has revealed that three iconic characters will take to the streets of Bristol from 2 July – 2 September 2018. Download the App (soon to be released) to help find and tick off over 60 sculptures of Gromit, Wallace and Feathers McGraw. The trail promises to be bigger and better than ever with innovative and interactive experiences with the sculptures. All will be designed by established artists and local talent, with some big names due to be unveiled soon - watch this space! Money raised will go to Bristol Children's Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael's Hospital.

Gromit Unleashed 2

Image source @YoBikeUK

Google Maps

This is an obvious one, but Google Maps will help you explore the city with minimal wrong turns. You can also check out customer reviews and popular times for attractions and restaurants before setting off on your journey.

Headfirst

If you’re planning a night on the town, make sure to check out Headfirst for music listings in just about every venue in the city. Browse through live music and club night events and when you’ve decided what will get you dancing, purchase a ticket via the App.

Pure Yoga

Find your Zen at Pure Yoga studio, based in one of the repurposed shipping containers at Cargo 2 on the Harbourside’s trendy Wapping Wharf. Pure Yoga offer a range of classes at different times of the day (including a handy express lunch class) which you can book and pay for via the App.

Cargo

Image - Cargo 2, credit Jon Craig

Google Translate

Bristolians are a friendly bunch, but if language ever becomes a barrier between you and exploring the city, you can always rely on Google Translate to help you out.

V-Cars Bristol

Travel around the city in Bristol’s answer to Uber. With V-Cars you can pay by cash or card and track your taxi on the live map.

YoBike

YoBike chose Bristol as the Launchpad for its clever bike sharing scheme - a fitting choice given the city’s status as the UK’s first cycling city. The Uber for bikes, simply download the App, locate the nearest bike and use your phone to unlock it. Cyclists can use it to explore the city on two wheels for just £1 an hour. When you’re finished, lock it and drop it off at a designated YoBike parking spot (shown on the in-App map). Easy peasy.

yobike

GWR

Plan, book, check your train journey and find the cheapest train tickets with the free GWR mobile app. Well-organised travellers can save up to 50% with an Advance ticket, compared to standard Anytime fares, get live information on the go - including platform numbers - and as an extra bonus, collect Nectar points on all journeys. Download a mobile ticket to your phone and off you go!

National Express Coach

Make life easy for yourself with the National Express Coach App. Search and book coach travel to (and from) Bristol from hundreds of UK towns, cities and airports. Use the Coach Tracker to view timetables and track your coach in real time. Tickets bought through the app are automatically added to My Bookings and available offline and you can retrieve tickets booked on desktop or tablet to use on your device. You can also let your friends and family know your travel details by easily sharing your booking details via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter, or over SMS and email.

National Express VUER

Looking to kill time on your coach journey? You can now plug in to over 100 hours of entertainment for free while you travel with National Express. Choose from top TV shows, keep up with the latest on Sky Sports News or swipe through a library of digital magazines. 

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