Bristol is the place to be at any time of year, but summer is just that little bit more special. Whether you’re after one-of-a-kind festivals, a short break with the family or your significant other, a day out with the kids, or a longer stay, you’re in the right place!  

Book a summer break

Enjoy long days of sunshine in Bristol and book a stay in the city this summer. From stylish modern hotels, elegant apartments, family-friendly digs, cosy guesthouses and even campsites, experience a summer holiday to remember in Bristol. 

Don't forget that you can book your stay via the Visit Bristol website to enjoy the best rates at the city’s accommodation providers.  

Summer events and festivals 

Bristol’s renowned annual event line-up truly comes into its own every summer. Find out what’s happening when with our What’s On page, and check out our special offers to help you save on days out while you're here.  

From huge free events like the Bristol Harbour Festival and the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta to festivals and exhibitions, there’s never a dull moment during summer in Bristol!  

Family fun in the summer holidays

If family fun is what you’re after, Bristol has more than enough to keep the kids entertained over the summer. Head over to one of our award-winning attractions such as Aerospace Bristol, Brunel’s SS Great Britain and M Shed, where exhibits are brought to life with interactive displays, or take a trip to Bristol Aquarium or Bristol Zoo Project for a cute animal fix.

Explore some of the top attractions just outside Bristol, with hours of fun to be had at Wookey Hole, karting and arcade games at The Grand Pier, or little ones can drive their own mini safari Jeep at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park.

One of the best ways to see the city is by boat - hop on and off at stops around the city centre with Bristol Ferry, or take a cruise around the harbour with Bristol Packet or The Matthew.

We've also rounded up all the family-friendly events taking place over the summer, to help you bust any boredom over the school holidays.  

Head outdoors

Bristol's glorious parks and gardens are bursting with life in the summer months and are the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with family and friends.  

If you’re looking to delve into Bristol’s outdoor offerings, check out our Experiences for outdoor fun and memorable days out. With everything from garden tours to stand-up paddleboarding and cycling to inland surfing, there are a multitude of ways to enjoy the city’s unique landscape. There’s also the option to try hot air ballooning in the skies above the city!  

Summer food and drink

Spend balmy evenings dining alfresco on a harbourside terrace, find a bustling pub garden, or relax with a cocktail on a rooftop bar. Bristol's exceptional food and drink scene will be serving up plenty of memories for you this summer. 

Share the highlights of your summer in Bristol with us on social media by tagging us in your posts, photos and videos using #SummerInBristol.  

Our top summer picks...

Bristol Zoo Project

Jump into a day of outdoor adventure at Bristol Zoo Project. Meet amazing animals from across the world, including giraffes, cheetahs, meerkats and more. Explore the winding treetop walkway of Bear Wood, where bears, wolves, lynxes and…

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Voyage back in time at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner. As Bristol’s No.1 Visitor Attraction (TripAdvisor 2023) Brunel’s SS Great Britain offers an unforgettable day out for families…

Wookey Hole Caves

Caves, legends and adventure In the heart of Somerset lies Wookey Hole, a magical place of caves, legends, and adventure for the young and young at heart. When you visit Wookey Hole, you’ll enjoy an experience millions of years in the…

Bristol Aquarium

Embark on a fascinating journey; dive in and discover the wonders of the deep in Bristol’s colourful aquarium, right in the heart of the city. Open daily, explore more than 40 naturally-themed displays and spot the thousands of…

Summer in the city

Make the most of summer in Bristol, there really is no better place to be!

From outdoor gardens in country pubs to the waterfront restaurants along the floating harbour, a…

Bristol is closely surrounded by glorious countryside, there are over 400 parks and green spaces and…

Browse our special summer offers and save cash on accommodation, things to do and places to eat.

Bristol is a festival city and there is a diverse and eclectic mix throughout the calendar year…

Bristol is truly a green city and has over 400 parks and green spaces. So take a deep breath and…

Plan the perfect summer adventure

Whether you opt for paddleboarding in the harbour, dining alfresco or dancing along at a festival, there are countless ways to make your time in Bristol even more special.

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