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Things to do, places to eat and drink, events, experiences and places to stay are all reopening safely in Bristol. Here's a rundown of how best to use the Visit Bristol website to maximise your trip to Bristol and be reassured that you know all the information you need to make your stay safe and enjoyable.

Plan, plan, plan

Booking ahead is more important than ever. We now need to book a table for something to eat or drink, book a time slot for entry to an attraction and book accommodation. You may wish to consider distance from your accommodation to wherever you book - and the availability at the attraction. Often there are more slots available at attractions in the afternoon than at opening time. What could you do first? It is always best to leave plenty of time to arrive. We never know what the traffic might be like or if there is a convenient parking spot. When you get to Bristol you might want to consider leaving your car at the hotel and enjoying your time on foot around the city. Bristol is very walkable and you'll save on car parking, get some exercise and almost guarantee the time it takes you to get anywhere. The Visit Bristol website brings together places to stay, things to do and where to eat and drink; use us as your personal assistant.

Vist Bristol Itinerary Planner

To help you keep all your planning in one place, you could try our free itinerary planner. Browse our site and have a think about where you might like to stay, what you want to do and where you want to eat, then click the heart icon at the top of each individual page to 'Add to your Itinerary' 

This will then create your own personal itinerary with all the information in one place, you can see the distance between each one, print it out, name it, check booking information and more. Give it a go!

Visit bristol itinerary planner

Know Before You Go

VisitEngland have produced guidance on planning a holiday in England, which contains the latest information you should consider before a trip. The national tourist board have also launched a new industry standard mark, “We’re Good To Go” as a way of supporting tourism businesses and providing reassurance to visitors. The industry standards are a way of letting you know which businesses have made necessary changes to their day-to-day workings, and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness, staff training and social distancing. 

We're Good To Go Logo

Where to stay

Browse the different types of accommodation available from our Where to Stay section. You can check the availability and compare prices from a number of popular booking websites right on the Visit Bristol site. Many listings are currently being updated with the latest information, including new measures put in place for your safety. All the accommodation businesses that have reopened are ready and waiting to greet guests with a brilliant Bristol welcome. 

A luxurious bedroom at Avon Gorge by Hotel Du Vin

What’s open?

Many attractions have already reopened and are greeting visitors. Most attractions now require you to book an arrival time slot in advance of your visit. This has been the case for many busy attractions in London and elsewhere for a long time, but is new to many people. Booking a time slot enables the attraction to limit the number of people within the venue at one time. Most do not stipulate a maximum time that you can stay with them. Please check the individual listings for details, along with their social media feeds (often the quickest source of information) and their own websites.

Attractions that are already open include:

- Bristol Zoo Gardens

- Bristol Aquarium

- Brunel's SS Great Britain

Wild Place Project

Tyntesfield National Trust Gardens

An exterior shot of Brunel's SS Great Britain in the Dock Yard

What’s opening soon?

Some attractions that we are aware will be re-opening soon include:

Aerospace Bristol (1 August) 

The Wave (1 August)

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (September)

- M Shed (September)

- Watershed (1 September)

- We The Curious (November)

For more attractions, tours and things to do, see our Things To Do hub, check our Covid-19 information page and check individual attractions by heading here or searching any name in our serach bar at the top of every page.

Where to eat and drink

Bristol's food and drink scene is a huge draw for many visitors. The independent and collaborative spirit of the industry in Bristol is legendary and as places open we encourage you to support our food and drink scene wherever possible and enjoy some of our famous hospitality. 

You can find all sorts of places to eat and drink in Bristol including Food Experiences that are open and waiting to welcome you to their tables, benches and gardens. You can check individual listings on our site which are being updated all the time.

Please be aware that many of the restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars now have essential pre-booking, are duty-bound to take contact details of patrons and table service is now required. Many cafes and restaurants are also expanding their outdoor seating and also offering takeaway services. You can find a selection of Bristol restaurants offering takeaway and/or delivery in our blog

Lots of Bristol resturants, cafes and pubs are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme during August and you can find more details on those here.

Safety measures at Bambalan

Covid info page

The health and safety of visitors, delegates and residents is of paramount importance to us all and we want to share ongoing advice related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). We have pulled together official links to government advice and where to look for help if you fall ill. This page is updated regularly. It also contains more information about travelling to Bristol, public transport and toilets!

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