Unique Gifts and Things To Do in BristolBristol is packed with iconic historical landmarks, cultural attractions, independent eateries, and unique outdoor activities and is a city just waiting to be explored. For first-time visitors, your to-do list will be extensive, and if time is limited then narrowing down the options could be a tricky business!
As any history buff will be aware, Bristol is a city with strong associations to “one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution” – Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and evidence of his engineering genius can still be found throughout the city, to this day. Step on board the famous SS Great Britain, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic, and embark on a fun and fact-filled day out for the family, or catch a glimpse of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the River Avon. Other essential historical sites of Bristol include a visit to St Mary Redcliffe Church, an 800 year old architectural masterpiece, and Bristol Cathedral located in West End of the city.
Brunel’s spirit of creativity and innovation still thrives here, so if you are looking for something a little more 21st Century, then Bristol is the city for you! The city centre is alive with visionary locals itching to share their passions with you. Whether you choose to take part in a guided street art tour for a close encounter with an authentic Banksy, mount a vintage-style bicycle for a whistle-stop wine tasting tour, visit the local craft markets, or stop off at one of Bristol’s numerous ethical eating artisan cafés for tasty treat, there is a myriad of fashionable hotspots to try out.
Idyllically situated against a backdrop of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – The Cotswolds and the Mendip Hills – Bristol has the benefit of providing exciting opportunities for city exploration alongside the joys of the great outdoors. If you are looking for an activity day out, then your options are almost endless! Put your wellies on and head to the countryside for a vast array of stunning scenic walks – whether you discover the ancient monuments set atop the grassy slopes, or traverse the rocky outcrops and windswept valleys, there is a trail for all abilities and time-frames. The area also provides wonderful opportunities for cycling and horse riding as well as fishing reservoirs and the chance to try out a watersport or two. For those in search of adventure, head off road for a 4x4 driving experience, or take to the skies in a light aircraft for a trial flying lesson…whatever you decide to do, there are activity days out for everyone.
A city of bridges, bikes, Banksy and Brunel, Bristol sure does have a lot to offer, but with a year-round calendar of music, art, food, and cultural events there is so much more just waiting to be discovered. What are you waiting for…visit Bristol today?