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Welcome to the Visit Bristol blog, your one-stop shop for ideas, inspiration and handy tips to make your time in Bristol that bit better!  

From suggested itineraries to festival round-ups and unmissable things to do, our guides aim to showcase the best of the city, whatever the time of year. We publish new blogs every week and keep our blog posts up-to-date with the latest information, so you can trust that you’re getting the most accurate and useful tips for your trip. 

Planning a trip with the family? Check out our guides on Places to stay with kids in and around Bristol and Things to do with teenagers. We’ve also got a list of 60 free things to do to keep costs down. 

Coming  here to sample as much of the food scene as you can? Have a read through our list of Bristol’s Michelin-starred restaurants, top cocktail bars and pub gardens, or find the best places to go for vegan food while you’re here. We’re sure you’ll also want to try a tasty Sunday roast while you’re here – we've rounded up a few of the best of those too! 

If you’re local to Bristol, or here for a few days, we’ve also got plenty of suggestions for day trips to the north, south, east and west of the city so that you can experience as much of the region as possible. Maybe you want to tick off all of the World Heritage Sites near Bristol, or discover our most accessible outdoor attractions

We’ll also have seasonal guides to help you get the most out of Summer in Bristol, from rooftop bars to scenic cycle routes, or find out what’s on for Christmas in and around the city. 

Keep checking back for more brilliant Bristol inspiration! 

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Things To Do

24 Things to do in Bristol in 2024

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With a seemingly never-ending list of sights to see and experiences to tick off, how can you pack the best of Bristol into your year? Our top 24 things to do in 2024 is here to help, covering everything from uniquely Bristol attractions to outdoor adventures. It’s no surprise Bristol was…

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Sacred Bristol at Christmas: Carols, concerts and services

If you’d like to add a touch of the spiritual to your Christmas celebrations, we’ve put together a list of the most enchanting and unique, sacred spaces around Bristol. Bristol Cathedral Bristol Cathedral is an extraordinary building filled with secrets of Bristol’s past. Christmas is a busy time…

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24 Festive things to do in Bristol

Christmas markets, winter wonderlands, enchanting light trails, festive events and experiences, not to mention the magnificent theatre productions – Bristol is brimming with exciting things to do this Christmas. Everyone's welcome to our place this Christmas. Here's our round-up of what’s on this…

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The story of John Wesley's New Room

Learn about the life and legacy of John and Charles Wesley and the history of John Wesley's New Room, a museum in the centre of Broadmead and the oldest Methodist building in the world at over 280 years old. John Wesley was an Anglican clergyman, evangelist, and founder, with his brother Charles, of…

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A Wesley walk in Bristol

Follow in the footsteps of two of the founding Methodists, John and Charles Wesley, on this walk that takes you from place to place in their Bristol story. Who were the Wesley brothers? John and Charles Wesley were the most significant figures in the religious revival in Britain during the 18th…

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Itinerary: A guide to Bristol's historic cemeteries

Bristol-based author Charlie Revelle-Smith offers an insight into the unusual inspiration that led him to write the first installment of his Bristol Mysteries series. A graveyard may not be the first place to come to mind when imagining a perfect day out in the city, in fact, admitting that you’d…

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Itinerary: The secrets behind Bristol's oldest churches

It's easy to walk past Bristol's many magnificant churches and appreciate them just for their beauty, but these historic buildings have also built up centuries of stories and secrets. Bristol-based author Charlie Revelle-Smith has curated the popular @WeirdBristol books and Instagram feed in which…

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Itinerary: A day trip to medieval Wells

Within an hour’s drive of Bristol is England’s smallest city – Wells. Popular with film-makers and tourists for its medieval architecture and quaint streets, Wells sits at the foothills of the Mendips within easy reach of the bigger cities of the region as well as the beautiful Somerset coast. Wells…

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