Whether you’re craving some adventure, a gourmet getaway or a culture fix, Bristol is the perfect place for a summer break in 2021.

Here are eight ways you can Escape the Everyday and discover different sides to the city during your stay here. Check live availability and make a booking for each experience by clicking on the headings. 

However you choose to spend your time in Bristol, remember to think, plan and book ahead (and cancel in good time if needed), respect and protect nature and follow social distancing guidelines.

Take off on a sky-high adventure with Bailey Balloons

Bristol has long been a hub for ballooning (the first launch in the city was all the way back in 1784!) and hosts the world-famous Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. So, this is the perfect place to hop in a basket with Bailey Balloons’ expert pilots and go on a magical flight over the city and surrounding countryside.

Your exact route depends on where the wind takes you, but a one-of-a-kind perspective on Bristol and its landmarks is a given. Expect to see sights such as Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge, the SS Great Britain on the historic Harbourside and Bristol Cathedral.

Hot air balloons at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Image - Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Seek out street art on a Where The Wall walking tour

From balloons to another Bristolian obsession – street art. On their world-renowned tour, Where The Wall reveals how Bristol became the UK's street art and graffiti capital, leading you to notable artwork and sharing the story of Banksy along the way.

If you prefer to take things at your own pace, try ‘A Piece Of…Banksy’ instead. This is a self-guided walking tour that you access via your phone and is narrated by John Nation, a central figure in the Bristol scene and the Banksy story himself.

Someone holding up phone showing 'A Piece of Banksy' street art walking tour

Image - Where The Wall 

See Bristol from a stand up paddleboard with SUP Bristol

Whether you’re an SUP pro or are yet to step on a board, the SUP Bristol team can tailor a tour around the city’s waterways for you. Get a unique view of iconic Harbourside sights like the SS Great Britain, The Matthew and the M Shed cranes, all while honing your paddleboarding skills with help from award-winning instructors.

People stand up paddleboarding with boats and St Mary Redcliffe in the background

Image - SUP Bristol, credit Carolyn Eaton

Tour filming locations from Only Fools and Horses

Despite Del Boy and Rodney’s famous Peckham address in the show, much of classic British comedy Only Fools and Horses was filmed here in Bristol. Join a guide and Only Fools mega fan on a tour of iconic filming locations around the city, including the backdrop to the famous Batman and Robin scene and the exterior of the bar where Del Boy falls through the bar. You’ll learn heaps of trivia on the making and writing of the show along the way too.

Photo of Del Boy and Rodney in fancy dress held up at the filming location in Bristol

Image - Only Fools and Horses Tour

Step into Sherlock's shoes in The Official Outdoor Game

How would you fare as a detective? Find out thanks to Sherlock: The Official Outdoor Game, an experience which challenges you to find key evidence and solve a mystery by cracking a series of clues, conundrums and codes. This takes you all over the city, with assistance from the hit TV series’ cast in the form of animated videos, voicemails, texts and other digital content.

Martin Freeman as Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock sat on a bench

Image - Sherlock

Explore the craft beer scene with Bristol Hoppers

Count on Bristol Hoppers to help you track down the best craft beers in the city. Choose between in-person and audio tours that take in a fine selection of traditional pubs, microbreweries and tap rooms. You’ll taste some great beers and top up your knowledge of the brewing process and some Bristol history while you’re at it.

Man and woman sat in a pub doing 'cheers' with drinks

Image - Bristol Hoppers

Take a private tour with The Best Walking Tours Company

Get under the skin of Bristol on an informative and entertaining tour with an expert Blue Badge guide, who will fill you in on fascinating local history en route. These walking tours visit highlights of the city like Brunel's mighty SS Great Britain, the stunning Bristol Cathedral, Millennium Square and the Floating Harbour.

Bristol Cathedral

Image - Bristol Cathedral, credit Dave Pratt

Hit the road on Wanderlust Road Trips' self-drive tour

If you own a campervan or are planning to hire one for your Bristol break, make your road trip a smooth one thanks to Wanderlust Road Trips’ curated guides and maps of the area. Packed with potential adventures, top tips and inspiration for your time in the city, their flexible Uncover Bristol package covers street art, food and drink, shopping, events, music and more. 

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