Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Ship in City Centre

Brunel's SS Great Britain

This mighty, innovative steamship was designed by engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843. You get to wander the galley, surgeon's quarters and dining saloon and see a massive replica steam engine at work…
Top Choice Museum in City Centre

M Shed

Set amid the iconic cranes of Bristol's dockside, this impressive museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia. It's divided into four main sections: People, Place, Life and the vast Working Exhibits outside. They prov…
Top Choice British in City Centre

Riverstation

Riverstation's waterside location is hard to beat, with a view over the Floating Harbour, but it's the classical food that truly shines, from confit duck leg with quince and port jus, to pan fried turbot with squid …
Top Choice Bridge in Clifton

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton's most famous (and photographed) landmark is the 76m-high Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the Avon Gorge. It was designed by master engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel with construction beginning in 1836…
Top Choice Pub in City Centre

Mud Dock

Mud Dock epitomises the laid-back charm of Bristol's harbourside. In this long attic bikes, fairy lights and a massive metal swordfish hang from the girders. Summer sees drinkers packing the mellow waterside terrace…
Top Choice Cafe in Clifton

Primrose

The Primrose richly deserves its status as a Clifton institution, thanks to decades of serving towering home-made cakes and imaginative lunches, such as halloumi and courgette burgers, and slow-cooked pheasant. Pave…
Top Choice Theatre in City Centre

Bristol Old Vic

Established in 1766, the much-respected Old Vic is the longest continuously running theatre in the English-speaking world, and has just had a £12.5m revamp. It hosts big touring productions in its historic Georgian …
Top Choice Craft Beer in Clifton

Amoeba

Sixty-five craft beers, 60 cocktails (£8 to £9) and a hundred-and-something (who's counting?) spirits draw style-conscious drinkers to this chilled out wine bar, where they sit on bench seats smothered in cushions a…
Top Choice Art in Bristol

Upfest

Where better for a street art and graffiti festival than the city that brought us Banksy? Europe's largest event of its type sees 300 artists descending on the city to paint live, in front of audiences, at 40 venues…
Museum in City Centre

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

You're in for a few surprises at this classic old Edwardian museum. Look out for the Paint-Pot Angel by world-famous street artist Banksy in the entrance hall; a funerary statue with an upturned pink paint pot on he…