Bristol might just be Britain's most overlooked city. While most visitors speed past en route to Bath without giving the southwest's biggest metropolis so much as a second glance, they're missing out on one of Britain's quirkiest and coolest cities. Once dominated by heavy industry and badly damaged during WWII, Bristol has reinvented itself over the last decade or so as a hub of culture and creativity, with a wealth of art galleries, theatres, design studios and media companies dotted around the much-revitalised centre. With a revamped waterfront, a flashy new shopping centre at Cabot Circus and a landmark new history museum at M Shed – not to mention its status as the UK's first-ever Bike City – there's a definite buzz about Brizzle these days.
Bristol destination guides
Ultimate art lover's pilgrimages
Art doesn't just live in museums.
The best public art in the world
Why wait in line at a gallery when these splendid works are on offer in the street? And they can be enjoyed for free! In this excerpt from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences, we pick 10 of the best. 1.