Whether you’re craving some adventure, a gourmet getaway or a culture fix, Bristol is the perfect place for a spring break in 2022. Here are 10 ways you can Escape the Everyday, discover different sides to the city and make memories in true Bristolian fashion during your stay here.

Have a supersonic experience at Aerospace Bristol

Got a future pilot in the family or an engineering enthusiast? They’ll be in their element at Aerospace Bristol. The museum flies through the city’s aviation achievements from the earliest days of powered flight, through to today’s cutting-edge aerospace technology. The most memorable part of any visit is the chance to step on board the world’s fastest jet – the Bristol-built Concorde Alpha Foxtrot.

Concorde Alpha Foxtrot at Aerospace Bristol

Image - Concorde at Aerospace Bristol

Travel back in time on Brunel’s SS Great Britain

If maritime adventures are more up your street, Brunel’s SS Great Britain is the attraction for you. Explore the world’s first great ocean liner, which has been lovingly restored to its Victorian heyday and brought even more vividly to life through sights, sounds and smells that the original passengers would have experienced. Move on to the Being Brunel museum to learn all about the brains behind the ship, the legendary engineer and honorary Bristolian Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Weather deck in the sun on the SS Great Britain

Image - Weather deck on Brunel's SS Great Britain

Enter the vaults at Clifton Suspension Bridge

Speaking of Brunel, swing by Clifton Suspension Bridge to marvel at more of his handiwork. Once you're done taking a few classic Bristol snaps of the Insta-worthy bridge and gorge, head over to the Visitor Centre for free guided tours sharing the story of how it was built. Or don a hard hat for a tour inside Brunel’s hidden vaults, which were rediscovered by an intrepid team of engineers and construction workers in 2002.

River Avon and Clifton Suspension Bridge

Image - Clifton Suspension Bridge, credit Dave Pratt

Enjoy live theatre at Bristol Hippodrome

If it’s been a while since you experienced the thrill of live theatre, find a Bristol Hippodrome show that takes your fancy. Not only do they have some cracking productions on this season, but sitting in the magnificent West End-style auditorium under the dome ceiling is an experience in itself. Known for staging major West End and Broadway productions, this spring’s programme includes Chicago, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, School of Rock, Singin’ in the Rain and Derren Brown.

Bristol Hippodrome auditorium

Image - Bristol Hippodrome

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

Walk and learn on a guided tour

Whatever your interests, finding a walking tour you’ll enjoy in Bristol is a sure thing. A world-renowned Where The Wall tour reveals how Bristol became the street art and graffiti capital in the UK, leading you to notable artwork and sharing the story of Banksy along the way.

The mystery-shrouded artist is also covered on the Blackbeard to Banksy tour, alongside other fascinating figures and facts from the city’s past. For an informative overview of Bristol’s involvement in the English and British slave trade, look to the Bristol Transatlantic Slavery Walk.

Only Fools and Horses fans can join a tour (part walking, part by coach) of iconic filming locations around the city, including the backdrop to that famous Batman and Robin scene. Or if you’re keen to explore the local craft beer scene, follow Bristol Hoppers around a fine selection of traditional pubs, microbreweries and tap rooms.

Only Fools and Horses filming location in Bristol

Image - Only Fools and Horses Tour

Crack a mystery

How would you fare as a detective? Find out thanks to mystery adventure challenges like Sherlock: The Official Outdoor Game. Track down key evidence and crack clues, conundrums and codes, with assistanced from the TV series’ cast through animated videos, voicemails, texts and other digital content.

You can also try to unravel The Mystery of the Sabotaged Balloon, a Georgian-themed experience with cryptic clues including word games, maths puzzles and hidden objects. 

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

Image - Sherlock

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

Hit the road with Uncover Britain

If you own a campervan or are planning to hire one for your Bristol break, make your road trip a smooth one thanks to Uncover Britain’s curated guides and maps of the area. Plan a city-hop break in Bristol and Bath with their Visit West package, which includes ideas for days out and experiences as well as handy tips for drivers on things like where to park and clean air zones. 

Stay for longer

After all that adventure and excitement, a bed in one of Bristol’s brilliant hotels will look extra appealing. The stylish Leonardo Hotel Bristol Glassfields is one you can feel good about, newly built to world-leading sustainability standards. And it’s within easy walking distance of many of the city’s top attractions, shopping areas and food and drink.  

For a homely feel, you could always book with YourStay Apartments. They’ve got welcoming, modern apartments across the city, from Hamilton Court in Kingsdown to Beaufort House in Clifton.

Leonardo Hotel Bristol bedroom

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