Ideas & Inspiration for a trip to Bristol

Bristol has so much to see and do, including the world’s first great ocean liner and supersonic jet, as well as world-renowned street art and a thriving food and drink scene.  

With this in mind, we know how tricky it can be to narrow down exactly what you’d like to get up to while you’re here. So, to help you plan your perfect itinerary, we’ve pulled together plenty of ideas and inspiration for things to do in the city.  

Discover Bristol’s rich history

Did you know that Bristol is home to a beautifully eclectic mix of architectural styles, from Norman and Tudor to its very own 19th-century Bristol Byzantine? Or that North America was discovered during a 1497 voyage which set sail from Bristol?  

That’s all before you start on the several iconic writers who have been inspired by the city and its surrounding area through the ages, from William Wordsworth to J.K. Rowling. Several other famous names call the city home, including Hollywood star Cary Grant, the world-famous street artist Banksy, the trip hop band Massive Attack, and many more.  

Find out more on our history of Bristol, links to the USA, and literary Bristol pages.  

Family-friendly things to do

Bristol is a great destination for a family trip, with amazing attractions, exciting events, and awesome activities providing plenty of entertainment for everyone in the family. Check out our family things to do and start planning your visit to Bristol.  

Dog-friendly Bristol

Are you bringing along furry friends with you to Bristol? Ensure they enjoy their visit to the city as much as you with Bristol’s wide range of dog-friendly hotels, places to eat and drink, and things to do. Plus, there are plenty of options for dog walks in the city’s stunning green spaces. Plan a pooch-perfect trip using our dog-friendly Bristol suggestions. 

Top Things to Do in Bristol

If you need a list of the top things to do in Bristol, head over to our list of 24 Things to Do in Bristol in 2024 and see how many you can tick off while you’re here.  

Studying in Bristol

Just arrived in Bristol for university? Check out our ultimate Bristol student bucket list and see how many experiences you can fit in when you’re not studying! We’ve also got a dedicated student hub where you can find more useful tips for while you’re living in our wonderful city. 

Bristol Experiences

We also know that the best trips are made by the experiences you have. For this reason, we have a section dedicated to finding the best experiences in Bristol, whether that be climbing the Avon Gorge, flying over the city in a hot air balloon, or learning a new skill


Bristol is a fantastic destination for groups from all over the world. If you’re organising a group trip to the city, head over to our Groups section, featuring places to stay, itineraries, and places to eat and drink.  

Browse the selection below and get your brain whirring with all the exciting possibilities!  


See a different side to Bristol

There are many ways to enjoy a trip to Bristol, whether you're into history, looking for adventure or want to wander around some locations from famous film & TV productions.

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