Discover the city with our ultimate list of the best things to see and do in Bristol in 2019.

From exciting family days out to thrilling one-of-a-kind experiences, awesome attractions to glorious gardens, unforgettable food and exquisite cocktails to wonderful water sports, cracking cultural goings-on and quirky places to stay, plus loads more!

Let us know how many you manage to tick off using the hashtag #BristolBucketList2019

Attractions | Experiences | Food & drink | Festivals | Film & TV | Theatre | Music | Outdoors | Heritage & tours | Sport | Day trips | Places to stay | Shopping | Sacred & spiritual | Events | Christmas

Attractions

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1. Discover the sights and smells of life on-board Brunel’s SS Great Britain before popping into sister museum Being Brunel for an immersive exploration of the life and legacy of this extraordinary Victorian engineer.

2. Find out about the story of Bristol and its people at M Shed through interactive displays and quirky historical paraphernalia. Be inspired by captivating images of the natural world at the world-famous exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (October to March) and don’t miss Tattoo: British Art Revealed (16 March- 16 June) or On Set with Aardman: Making Early Man (6 July - 29 September).

3. Go on a spectacular sea safari at Bristol Aquarium and discover underwater life from the British coast, through warmer waters to exotic tropical seas.    

4. Engage curious minds and make astounding discoveries at We The Curious with hundreds of scientific interactive exhibits, plus seasonal stargazing in the UK’s only 3D planetarium.

5. Watch an independent film at Watershed and keep an eye out for special food, drink and cinema events at this waterfront multi-media art centre. Culture vultures can view contemporary art at Arnolfini or Spike Island -both are exciting hubs of creative and cultural activity based on Bristol’s Harbourside and have excellent cafes!

6. Blast off on a journey through aeronautical history at Aerospace Bristol and step aboard Concorde Alpha Foxtrot - the last ever Concorde to be built and fly. Look out for special celebration events throughout 2019 for Concorde's 50th anniversary.

7. Pop into Bristol Museum and Art Gallery for world-class collections and dynamic exhibitions. 2019 highlights include Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (2 February – 2 May 2019) featuring 12 of the artist’s drawings.

8. Celebrate the best of historic and contemporary British art at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA), England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art. Peruse their exhibitions - Albert Irvin and Abstract Impressionism (until 3 March) and the RWA Sculpture Open Exhibition (16 March – 2 June).

9. Get to grips with Bristol’s ship building past, present and future, with a trip to Underfall Yard’s hands-on visitor centre, part of an historic 19th century working boatyard.

10. Wander the beautiful gardens of Bristol Zoo Gardens and get up close to African penguins, seals, gorillas, red pandas and hundreds of other animals.

11. Discover what nature has to offer at Wild Place Project. Explore habitat-themed areas of parkland filled with wildlife such as eland, cheetahs, zebras and giraffes. *Look out for Bear Wood - an exciting new development due to open in summer 2019.

12. Be wowed by the views of Bristol’s world-famous landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Learn about its history with a guided tour from the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre.

Clifton Suspension Bridge and balloons

Image - Clifton Suspension Bridge, credit Chris Hartley

13. Make friends with farmyard animals at Windmill Hill City Farm or marvel at big zoo animals African Elephants, White Rhino, Giraffes, Lions, Tigers and Bears at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.

14. Go underground at Wookey Hole Caves and hunt out the infamous Witch of Wookey before strolling through the prehistoric Valley Of The Dinosaurs… Combine with a trip to see one of the UK’s most spectacular natural sights, wildlife hotspot Cheddar Gorge and its striking cliffs, crags and caverns. 

15. Join a morbid curiosity tour to learn more about Victorian garden cemetery Arnos Vale. The fascinatingly gruesome tours take place all year round, but sell out very quickly!

16. Let little explorers run wild at Avon Valley Wildlife Park. Rides, activities, soft play, animal encounters and tons more family fun awaits. Not far away, you can chug along through beautiful scenery on a locomotive at Avon Valley Railway (mainly weekends and school holidays). 

17. Discover the captivating history of medieval Berkeley Castle, dine in the Yurt café and watch butterflies flitter past in the magical Butterfly House. Dragon hunting, archery, falconry and period costume dressing-up often take place at the castle during school holidays.

18. Mosey round the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, where you’ll find a huge diversity of plants - including a sacred lotus collection - set against the backdrop of a handsome Victorian house.

19. Visit Bristol’s historic houses: peek inside The Georgian House Museum for a glimpse of how a wealthy Bristol merchant would have lived in the 18th century or visit an Elizabethan house and knot garden at Red Lodge Museum.

Experiences

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20. Soar above Bristol in a hot air balloon: Bristol BalloonsBailey Balloons and Elite Air (UK) Ltd all offer flights. Read what’s it’s like to fly in a hot air balloon here.

21. Experience life as a Victorian sailor and climb the rigging with 'Go Aloft!' on the Weather Deck of Brunel's SS Great Britain for a stupendous view over the Harbourside. 

22. Treat yourself to a blissful ‘Spa and Dine’ package at the open-air restored Victorian Lido, which includes a one-hour spa treatment, access to the steam room, sauna, open air pool and outdoor hot tub plus two courses at the poolside restaurant. Or unwind at one of Bristol's other spas.

23. Get a bird’s eye view of the animals while teetering along the aerial ropes course, Zooropia at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Or for the ultimate adrenaline adventure, tackle Wild Place Project’s Leap of Faith with seven different challenges on offer.

24. Plan a Banksy-themed weekend in the city with our handy guide: take a street art tour around the city with graffiti experts, ‘Where the Wall’, seek out the city's best street art on a Blackbeard to Banksy The Ultimate Bristol Walking Tour, get stuck into a Graft graffiti workshop, or discover Banksy's Bristol at your own pace by downloading the Banksy Bristol Trail by Cactus Apps.

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25. Blow your own bauble with the team at Bristol Blue Glass, who use 300-year-old methods to create glass ornaments.

26. Organise a pirate-themed day out in Bristol – take a pirate walk, swill some grog at The Llandoger Trow, or follow the Treasure Island Trail

27. Have fun testing your problem solving skills with a bunch of mates at LockedInARoomPuzzlair-4D, Real Life Escape Room. Bristol is also the first place in the country to offer fans a Doctor Who Escape Room experience (available from 16 January).

Food and drink

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28. Sample ‘festival-style’ street food all year-round. Head to the Victorian St Nicholas Market (open Monday-Saturday 9.30am-5pm), Vegan & Wellbeing Market (Monday), Street Food Market (Tuesday & Friday 11-2.30pm), The Nails Market (Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm), Bristol Farmers’ and Producers’ Market (Wednesday 8am- 2.30pm) and  Tobacco Factory Market (Sunday 10-2.30am), Harbourside Market (Sat & Sun 11am-4pm or Thurs on Broad Quay 12-3pm) or Finzel’s Reach Market (Friday 10am-2pm).

29. Send your taste buds into overdrive at Michelin-starred restaurants Casamia, Paco Tapas, The Pony and Trap, Bulrush, or Wilks. Discover more of Bristol's award-winning restaurants here.

30. Eat and drink on a boat! Bask in the sunshine on the top deck of The Grain Barge, tuck into fish and chips on-board The Matthew while sailing around the Floating Harbour or try stylish dining on The Glassboat Brasserie.

31. Drink cider! As capital of the West Country, Bristol is home to some of the finest ciders in the land. Try The StableBristol Cider Shop or The Apple for some of the best.

32. Gin enthusiast? Book a 6 O’Clock Gin Distillery tour at Bramley & Gage which includes a tutored tasting. Book tickets for a 'Distiller’s Table’ event at Psychopomp Micro-Distillery or read our ‘Gin drinker’s guide to Bristol’ for the low down on all things gin.

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33. Become a wine connoisseur with a tasting at Averys Wine Merchants, they've been sourcing perfect plonk since 1793. It’d also be rude not to sample their new bespoke gin, based on the handwritten recipe for Bristol Method Dry Gin from the 1870s. Wine-lovers can also pay a visit to the largest vineyard in Somerset, Aldwick Estate to sample some of their award-winning English wines in an idyllic country vineyard.

34. Become an ale aficionado at Bristol Craft Beer Festival (7 & 8 June) and Bristol Beer Week in October or keep an eye on ale-related events at Moor Beer and Bristol Beer Factory. You could also treat someone to a craft beer tour – there are many to choose from in the city, including Bristol Hoppers, Brewerism, Bristol Brewery Tours, Bristol Beer Factory Tour, Bath Ales Brewery Tour, and Butcombe Brewery for an insight into Bristol’s fantastic craft beer scene. Or take a beer-loving pal to one of Bristol’s brilliant brewery tap rooms or pubs across the city - Wiper & True, Croft Ales, Fierce & Noble, Lost & Grounded Brewers, Good Chemistry Brewing Co. and Left Handed Giant.

35. Check out Cargo - a cool collection of cafés, shops and bars in repurposed shipping containers. The wider Wapping Wharf area is also great for food, with its own Better Food supermarket and café for wholesome bites. 

36. Drink PIMM’s on the sun terrace at the White Lion Bar, while away a sunny afternoon on Bambalan’s terrace or one of Bristol’s sunny pub gardens, and visit these top 10 rooftop bars for awesome al fresco summer drinks. From quayside terraces, to Gorge-gazing views, there are few better places to be in the summertime.

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37. Take time for Afternoon Tea - it’s quintessentially English and totally delicious. Bristol has a ton of places where you can indulge in afternoon tea - click for our definitive guide.

38. Try some of the best gelato in Bristol at Swoon. As well as creamy gelato and refreshing sorbetti by the scoop, get your chops around swoondaes, gelato on a stick, macaroons and gelato cakes.

39. Tuck into Bristol institution Pieminister’s delicious signature pies or puds in their Harbourside, Stokes Croft or St Nicholas Market locations.

40. Experience the sour-dough-nut in its most amazing form, from Pinkmans on Park Street. You haven’t lived until you’ve devoured one of these exquisite items. 

41. Soak up the ‘night market buzz’ at Britain's biggest restaurant, all-you-can-eat buffet Za Za Bazaar. Or for something totally different, be wowed by magic at Smoke and Mirrors Boutique Pub & Magic Theatre.

42. Hone your culinary skills with a course at Source Café and learn hands-on skills from industry experts.

43. Dig into a seriously tasty burger from one of the city’s best burger joints.

44. Slurp frozen G&T and iced PIMM's or make your own cocktails at one of the coolest bars in town (literally), Brozen Bar, brighten up your Instagram at aesthetically-pleasing cocktail watering hole, The Florist, or travel back in time to the prohibition era with speakeasy-style cocktail bars – Milk ThistleHyde & Co and Noche Negra.

Festivals

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45. Laugh-out-loud in bleak January at Slapstick Festival (16-20 January) - the UK’s biggest celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy. Lucky Slapstick lovers will get a double helping in 2019, with the Slapstick silent comedy gala taking place at Bristol Hippodrome on 10 February.

46. Practise your Lindy Hop and learn circus skills at the same time at Bristol Swing Festival at Trinity Centre (spring).  

47. Spice up your year with a whole host of food festivals in the city. Celebrate pulses at the 2019 British Dal Festival (10-17 Feb), snap up oysters from all over the UK at Source Cafe Oyster Festival (April), feast at the Foodies Festival (May) or gather with the city’s food community at Bristol Food Connections (12-23 June). The Love Food Festival runs all year-round at various locations across the city.

48. Call upon your inner Miss Marple at Crimefest (9-12 May). The annual International Crime Fiction Convention, held at Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, is one of Europe’s largest and most popular crime-writing festivals. 

49. Brush up on your Shakespeare in some unusual spaces around Bristol as part of the Bristol Shakespeare festival in July.

50. Head to the Harbourside for Bristol’s annual dance, music and arts maritime extravaganza, Bristol Harbour Festival (19-21 July), one of the country's largest FREE  festivals. Launching the festival weekend on 18 July, Colston Hall presents New Order, followed by The Specials (19 July) who will take centre stage in outdoor venue, The Lloyd’s Amphitheatre.

51. Giggle and guffaw at Bristol Comedy Garden on Queen Square from 3-7 July. 

52. Watch a ‘nightglow’ – when hot air balloons illuminate the night accompanied by music at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta from 8-11 August. The free family-friendly four-day event is one of the most visually spectacular outdoor events in the year and the iconic images of the balloons floating above the city have become synonymous with Bristol.

53. Pull on your dancing wellies for family-friendly festival Valley Fest (2-4 August)overlooking the beautiful Chew Valley Lake in the Mendip hills. As well as tons of family-friendly activities, there's a big food focus too.

Film and TV

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Image - BBC's Sherlock filming on King Street, Bristol, credit Bristol Film Office

54. See some of the finest new digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities on the big screen at Cinema Rediscovered (25-28 July). Watch new filmmaking and animation talent at Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, enjoy the best in African cinema and music at Afrika Eye Festival or plan your stay around one of Bristol’s other top film festivals here.

55. Follow in the footsteps of your favourite film and TV characters with Bristol Film Office’s ‘Movie Maps’, pinpointing famous Bristol filming locations like Sherlock, or visit our blog on Bristol Film Locations. You can also join an Only Fools and Horses tour and visit scenes that have become iconic in the history of British comedy. Time Lady/Lord fan? You can seek out Doctor Who filming locations in Bristol with our handy guide.

56. Find out what goes on inside the BBC with an award-winning guided tour.

57. Keep an eye on Bristol Film Festival for immersive screenings in unique venues that enhance your film-watching experience.

58. Look out for special Aardman Animations 30th anniversary celebrations in 2019 – Bristol is home to the Oscar-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit.

Theatre

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59. See a West End musical or touring blockbuster show at The Bristol Hippodrome. Matilda The Musical, Kinky Boots and Annie are all on the bill for 2019. 

60. Be inspired by captivating productions at historic playhouse, Bristol Old Vic - the longest continuously running theatre in the English-speaking world. 

61. For a night of whacky, raucous comedy and improv, head to The Old Market Assembly’s Wardrobe Theatre, one of Bristol’s most affordable cultural venues. There’s also a restaurant, café, bar and bakery all under one roof.

62. Catch a show at Tobacco Factory Theatres - their impressive roster includes Shakespeare plays, pop-up opera, comedy, puppetry and dance in an intimate performance space.

63. Have fun watching family classics or shows from highly-acclaimed stand-up comedians, and ‘intimate’ evenings with esteemed figures at the Redgrave Theatre.

Music

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64. Tantalise your eardrums at Colston Hall - Bristol’s largest concert hall hosts concerts and entertainment by major names in rock, pop, jazz, folk, stand-up comedy, world and classical music. Their continuing multi-million pound transformation means the venue will continue to host off-site events. Or dance the night away at some of Bristol’s other iconic live music venues - boat night club, Thekla or go to a gig at The CanteenNo 1 HarboursideColston Hall, The Louisiana, The Fleece.

65. Buy tickets to one of the hottest shows in Bristol – Massive Attack’s hometown gig at Filton Airfield (1 March) as part of their MezzanineXXI tour. You may remember they played the first The Downs Bristol a few years ago - which returns on 31 August to round off Bristol's summer of festivals in superb style. This year's headliners include Lauryn Hill, Grace Jones, Loyle Garner, IDLES and Neneh Cherry! The following day (1 Sept), pop legends Madness will perform a one-off gig on The Downs, giving the Bristol summertime an extra special send off.

66. Tap your feet to some of the world’s most thrilling jazz, blues and swing musicians at the Bristol International Jazz and Blues festival, 22-24 March 2019. Or just turn up any night of the week and enjoy the sounds of the south at The Old Duke on King Street, world-famous for its live jazz. 

67. Bop along to star-studded concerts at Ashton Gate Stadium – The Spice Girls (10 June), Rod Stewart (22 May), Take That (28 May) and Muse (5 June) are all taking to the south Bristol stage in 2019. For even more singing celebs, megastar Tom Jones will be playing at one of Bristol's other sports grounds - Bristol County Ground on 13 July.

68. Party the weekend away at Love Saves the Day festival in Eastville Park (25-26 May) or shake some moves at the Dot to Dot festival on 25 May. 

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69. Go wild at the UK’s biggest free celebration of the natural world, the Festival of Nature (1 - 9 June). 

70. Rock the night away with cider in hand at a series of open-air, Harbourside gigs at Bristol Sounds (20-24 June). This year’s glittering line-up includes Tom Misch (26 June), The Cat Empire (27 June), Bloc Party (28 June), Elbow (29 June) and The Cinematic Orchestra, (30 June). 

71. Hear Stereophonics (13 June), music icon Paul Weller (14 June - now SOLD OUT), Jack Savoretti and his band (15 June) and the wildly successful clubbing/classical cross-over show Haçienda Classiçal (16 June) play in the magical woodland setting of Westonbirt Arboretum as part of the Forest Live summer concert series.

72. Don your most fabulous outfit for an action-packed Bristol Pride fortnight (1-14 July) – the largest free Pride in the UK. As well as theatre, comedy nights, parties, art exhibitions, gaming events and quizzes. The main Pride Day festival will take place on 13 July, kicking off with a rainbow-coloured march through the city and culminating in Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sonique, NINA, Saara Aalto, and Bristol’s own Dr Meaker serenading the crowds on The Downs - their new venue for 2019. If you're not in town for the festival, explore Bristol's flourishing LGBTQ+ scene at any time of year. Bristol is a UK-leading city for LGBTQ+ culture.  

73. Go big at St Pauls Carnival on 6 July 2019. The event exists to celebrate the life and evolving stories of Bristol’s African Caribbean communities through song, art, music and movement.

74. Listen to world-class musicians and performers at one of the country’s finest concert halls, the freshly-revamped St George’s Bristol.

Outdoors

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75. Seek out signs of the mythical Bristol giants within the grounds of Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate. There’s also a huge play area for little ones, folly castle and mansion house to explore.

76. Take some air at Ashton Court Estate - 850 acres of wide-open green space and woodland welcome cyclists, mountain-bikers, horse riders, golfers, families and walkers (and plenty of wheelchair and buggy-friendly paths). 

77. Dig out your walking boots  and go adventuring in Leigh Woods, a mountain biker’s paradise. We also have walking suggestions for spring, autumn and winter walks to make the most of the seasons in the city.

78. Take a leaf out of Bristol’s eco-friendly book and get on your bike, better yet, a bicycle made for two! As the UK’s first cycling city, Bristol has many cycle lanes and routes and you even get all the way to Bath along an old railway line - the Bristol and Bath Cycle Path.

79. Show your dog the sights of Bristol! The city is a dog-friendly destination with pup-alicious places to stay, fantastic pooch walks and plenty of places to go for a pint with your pooch.

80. Discover Bristol on foot with the UK's largest urban walking festival in May, featuring themed walks and events. 

81. Picnic in Bristol’s oldest park, Brandon Hill before climbing Cabot Tower for unforgettable panoramic views of the city. Bristol has over 400 parks and gardens: Eastville Park has its own fishing lake and wild flower meadows, Troopers Hill Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife, Stoke Park also has a fishing pond and is grade II-listed. Check out Bristol’s best parks for autumn leaf-peeping for even more park life inspiration.

Heritage & tours

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82. Hop aboard one of Bristol Insight’s open top buses for a great introduction to Bristol and a fun, fact-filled way of getting around some of the city’s best attractions.

83. Join Bristol Old Vic’s in-house expert guide, who'll lead you through the theatre's 252-year-old history in their new Theatre Tours.

84. Learn more about Bristol’s spookiest sites with a Haunted and Hidden Walking Tour around the city.

85. For year-round guided and self-guided walking tours, see here for a full list or visit the Tourist Information Centre

Sport

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86. Cheer on England in the One Day International fixture against Pakistan at The Brightside Ground (14 May), just off Gloucester Road and watch ICC World Cup action at the ground in Bristol in June.

87. Go climbing! The spectacular Avon Gorge is one of the finest climbing venues in the South West - try Adventurous Activity Company for equipment and instruction or stay indoors at Redpoint Climbing Centre.

88. Scale Britain’s biggest gorge or go on an X-treme adventure caving expedition with Cheddar Gorge X-treme, about a 50-minute drive from the centre of Bristol. 

89. Sing from the stands at a Bristol Bears rugby game or Bristol City football match at Ashton Gate Stadium. Live sport is also shown in their Bristol Sports Bar & Grill, on the largest indoor pub screen in the country. To see Bristol Rovers F.C play, head up Gloucester Road to the Memorial Stadium in Horfield.

90. See the city from the water on a Stand Up Paddleboard and float past famous Harbourside sights like The Matthew, M Shed and Cliftonwood’s rainbow-coloured houses.

91. Score a hole-in-one at some of the most naturally beautiful golf courses in the West Country or play in a virtual world at golf simulation facility, inPlay Golf

92. Summon your inner Tigger at AirHop, the world’s biggest trampoline park, or flip out at Freedog Urban Activity Centre, which has its own Parkour Academy for learning cool new stunts.

Day trips

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93. Skim pebbles into the sea and wander along the Victorian pier in the charming seaside town of Clevedon. A bit further south, take a bracing walk along Weston-super-Mare’s vast sand beaches or hit the arcade machines and thrilling rides inside the Grand Pier.

94. Go Ape! Fly down zip-wires, leap off the Tarzan Swing and tackle the crossings while taking in some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.

95. Enjoy the animals and adventure parks of Old Down Country Park. Bounce on the Jumping Pillow, wander through the Victorian Walled Garden and pop into the Yurt and Fairy Garden for lots of family fun. For even more cute animals, plus giant slides and mini tractors, head to Cattle Country Adventure Park.

96. Go on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the twentieth century at The American Museum & Gardens.

97. Admire Sudeley Castle’s award-winning gardens and see them at their most spectacular for the festive Spectacle of Light in December.

98. Spot birdlife, splash in Welly Boot Land, or take a canoe safari at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Spring is a fantastic time to visit when ducklings, goslings and butterflies start appearing across the reserve. 

  • Bristol makes the perfect base to explore the very best the region has to offer. Click to see our suggestions for day trips NORTHSOUTH, EAST and WEST of the city.

Places to stay

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99. Wake up in a graffiti-inspired Street Art Room at Mercure Holland House or draw inspiration from Bristol’s independent art scene for subliminal graffiti vibes while you sleep at Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel. Or browse Bristol’s other options for an overnight stay.

100. Bask in prime position of one of the best views in all the city (the Clifton Suspension Bridge) from the comfort of the Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin, take a retreat fit for Kings and Queens at Thornbury Castle hotel, or stay in a quirky rooftop rocket - an airstream-style caravan sitting atop a stylish city centre hotel, Brooks Guesthouse.

101. Go on a glamping adventure at Wild Place Project’s Camp Baboon for after-hours tours, up-close animal encounters, bush craft skills, breakfast with giraffes, plus entry into Wild Place and Bristol Zoo Gardens. Or if money is no object, try a safari-style stay in the luxury lodge at Bristol Zoo Gardens. 

Shopping

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102. Support Bristol’s independents - Park Street, St Nick’s Market, Christmas Steps, Wapping Wharf, North Street and Gloucester Road are all home to many independent shops.

103. Wander around Clifton Village for pretty Georgian streets lined with boutiques and fine places to eat like The Ivy Clifton Brasserie.

104. Go on a shopping-spree from Harvey Nichols in Cabot Circus, to the high-street bargains of Bristol Shopping Quarter. or head out of town to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, another great shopping destination all under one roof.

105. Visit our online shop to purchase a range of locally-made gifts and artwork.

Sacred & spiritual

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106. Seek out the world’s oldest Methodist building, The New Room at John Wesley’s Chapel. Visit the museum, or stop by for occasional folk music concerts, film clubs and crafts.

107. Discover interactive displays, sounds, visuals and activities inside St John on the Wall – a medieval church built into the last remaining part of Bristol’s original city wall or discover Bristol’s connections with the USA at St Mary Redcliffe Church.

108. Pick up the Wolf Hall trail at Bristol Cathedral, which doubled as Westminster Abbey for the multi-award winning series and appeared in almost every episode. Berkeley Castle and Wells Cathedral also featured in the programme.

109. Visit England’s smallest city, Wells. Admire its medieval architecture, quaint streets and famous Wells Cathedral, plus five other must-do activities Or find Britain's tallest spire and marvel at the finest surviving copy of the 1215 Magna Carta at the mesmerising Salisbury Cathedral.

Events

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Image - Bristol Harbour Festival (free event)

110. Peep behind (normally) closed doors during Bristol Open Doors weekend (13-15 September), this once-a-year chance to discover the city’s hidden treasures is organised by The Architecture Centre.

111.Have all the fun of the fair at Funderworld, the UK's largest mobile theme park, when it takes over Durdham Downs (spring).

112. View 100 beautiful images by 54 contemporary photographers, when the IPE 161 tours the UK and Ireland through 2019, opening at the new Royal Photographic Society exhibition in Bristol in early 2019.

113. Don’t spend a penny! Check out our list of fun free events in the city. 

Christmas

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114. Be bedazzled by the illuminated forest trail at Westonbirt Arboretum’s Enchanted Christmas featuring Christmassy characters, festive food, art and crafts and fairground rides. Visit any time of year to marvel at the changing colours and magical grounds from the Treetop Walkway. Illuminations fans can also go on a glowing adventure through thousands of giant Chinese lanterns in Longleat’s magical Festival of Light.

115. Make your merry way around Bristol’s Christmas Markets. There's nothing quite as merry as savouring the street food, meeting the makers and soaking up the atmosphere of a festive market - take your pick from more than 450 Christmas market stalls across the city during the Yuletide season.

116. Get the festive season off to a magical Christmassy start with a whirl on the ice rink in Millennium Square or The Mall at Cribb’s Causeway’s Winter Wonderland. Be sure to post  all your festive photos using the #MerryBristmas!

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Image - Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

117. Hear hauntingly beautiful carols by candlelight at various venues across Bristol – popular services include St Mary Redcliffe churchBristol Cathedral and John Wesley’s Chapel ‘The New Room’, Wells Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral.

118. Turn the clock back over 100 years to see how Bristolians would have celebrated the Christmas season in Victorian times. On the dockside, the Victorian Christmas Weekend at Brunel's SS Great Britain is a Dickensian dream or take in the atmosphere of Tyntesfield’s beautifully decorated house.

119. Hibernate in one of Bristol’s cosiest hotels during your festive stay in the city.

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