Welcome to Bristol


History

From Clifton's iconic suspension bridge to Brunel's groundbreaking SS Great Britain, via steam boats and trains, Bristol is a city awash with the past. And it's engagingly exhibited too. Here history goes beyond being 'hands-on' – it's 'climb on' and 'ride in'. Clamber up the rigging of a mighty ship, have a trip in a massive crane, don a hard hat to scramble beneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge, chug about in a tug. Then there's the M Shed museum's insightful approach to learning which cleverly juxtaposes past with near-present and gets us thinking about the links between the two.

Art & Culture

Bristol is known for its offbeat, alternative character thanks to the counterculture vibe of some neighbourhoods and a famously vivid street art scene. That's down in large part to the works left behind by the city's most notorious son, the mischievous muralist Banksy – touring them is a multi-coloured highlight of any trip. In communities like Stokes Croft you'll find a wealth of art collectives and community-run cafes, while a range of festivals and the city's music venues, first-class theatre and an art-house cinema help keep the culture dial set to high.

Food & Drink

All over Bristol you'll find eateries dishing up food that's local, ethical and creatively prepared. You can enjoy everything from romantic, French-themed dining to fabulously cheap gourmet pies – good budget meals are particularly well represented, with a wealth of hip cafes, canteens and espresso bars. The central market is packed with street food stalls, the harbour area delivers fine waterfront dining, while Clifton has the kind of excellent neighbourhood eateries you'd be a regular at back home. Then there's the drink – Bristol's watering holes encompass cider and craft beer barges, cosy locals' pubs and achingly cool cocktail bars.

Active & Outdoors

Perhaps surprisingly for one of England's largest cities, Bristol offers exciting ways to explore outdoors. Although the docks aren't used so much now for trade, the waterways remain – here you can learn to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and paddle kayaks and canoes. In Bristol you can soak in naturally heated waters – like the more famous neighbouring city of Bath, Bristol also sits on hot springs, enjoy them at the Bristol Lido. The nearby Avon Gorge offers excellent climbing, Bloc is one of the southwest's best bouldering walls, and the Bristol & Bath Railway Path offers 13 miles of cycle trails.


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South West Experience 5 day (Small Group) tour from London

Day 1Begin your journey through the South Downs National Park to Winchester, home to one of the biggest cathedrals in Europe. Then continue through the New Forest to Corfe Castle*. Next, we visit one of England’s most impressive natural wonders, Lulworth Cove. Remember to bring comfortable shoes so you can enjoy a coastal walk to take in the unforgettable views. Our overnight stop is Exmouth**, a traditional coastal resort. With two miles of golden sandy beach and some delicious seafood available, this is a wonderful place to rest. **Please note if Exmouth is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to Exeter. Day 2We will journey to Dartmoor National Park. With stunning views, deep wooded valleys, medieval farmhouses and Bronze Age stone circles, this is an incredible park to spend a few hours exploring. We’ll make a stop at the Clapper Bridge at Postbridge for pictures! We’ll enjoy a lunch stop in the market town of Tavistock. Sir Francis Drake, the famous sea captain, was born here. The old streets radiate from Bedford Square and offer shops for every taste. Venture behind the Town Hall and you will discover the historic Pannier Market. Your day will continue through Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as we make our way to the coastal town of Falmouth, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights.Day 3 After a night in Falmouth, we’ll make our way to Mousehole where you’ll have a chance to explore this village, which has retained its original character and charm. We then continue to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre*. We’ll then continue west to Land’s End, England’s most westerly point. You can enjoy a cliff-top walk here and take in the views. Our final stop of the day is in St Ives, before we return to Falmouth.Day 4 This morning we make our way to Port Isaac, the filming location for Doc Martin. Next, we visit Tintagel, birthplace of King Arthur, and a place to get lost in the myths of the past. Then it’s on to Boscastle for lunch, home to an harbour village! We continue to Ilfracombe for more impressive coastal views. Our overnight stop is Bristol**, home to Clifton’s iconic suspension bridge – free to walk and offering views of the Avon Gorge. This bustling city is a perfect overnight stop with numerous restaurants and bars. **Please note if Bristol is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to the city of Bath.Day 5 Our final day takes us into the Cotswolds, first to Cirencester. We will also visit some of the smaller Cotswold villages. You’ll spend the afternoon in Oxford, aptly nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ by poet Matthew Arnold. This city is bustling and beautiful yet still holds clusters of tranquillity amongst the 38 colleges that you can explore here. We’ll enjoy an afternoon here to take in the buildings this city has to offer before we return to London. *Optional Extra Subject to Availability.

$165.86 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Hot Air Balloon Flight from Castle Cary - Somerset

On arrival at the meeting point, you will be greeted by the pilot and crew and then taken to the launch site that has been chosen for that day. You can then get involved with setting up the balloon or just watch. After a briefing from your pilot, you will take to the air and you will drift over beautiful villages and countryside. On landing the crew will have followed you with vehicles and trailers and they will meet you and pack the balloon away - most people like to be involved in this as well! They will then return you to the meeting point and present you with your certificate signed by your pilot. Don’t forget to bring your camera to catch this moment. You will fly at dusk or dawn when the winds are usually at their calmest. For a morning flight you meet at between 5.30am and 6.30am and in the evening, usually two to three hours before sunset. It's recommended that you dress in clothing suitable for a countryside walk and the weather/temperature for the time of year. You may also choose to bring a hat to protect your head from the heat of the burners! Please note ballooning is weather dependent. If you've ever wanted to see Devon from a different angle, then a hot air balloon ride offers a fantastic opportunity to view the town and surrounding countryside from above. Aerosaurus Balloons offers magical flight experiences taking off from various hand-picked launch sites across the South West England.

$364.89 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Bristol Balloon Fiesta Champagne Flight from Bristol

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Ashton Court Estate, Bristol, EnglandClifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, EnglandBristol Cathedral, Bristol, EnglandBailey Balloons, Bristol, EnglandBristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol, England

$165.86 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Hot Air Balloon Flight from Bristol

Come ballooning over Bristol and see the city from above!The flight will last about an hour but you will be with us for 3-4 hours, the experience includes Champagne and a flight certificate.On arrival at Ashton Court, you will be greeted by the pilot and crew and you can be involved on setting up the balloon or just watch. After a briefing from your pilot, you will take to the air and you will drift over villages and countryside.On landing the crew will have followed you with vehicles and trailers and they will meet you and pack the balloon away - most people like to be involved in this as well! Chilled Champagne, beers & soft drinks are then served before returning you to the launch site. Don’t forget to bring your camera!Flights are at dusk or dawn when the winds are usually at their calmest. Morning flights meet at 6-6.30am and in the evening, usually 2-3 hours before sunset. You will need to dress suitably for a countryside walk for the time of year. You may also choose to bring a hat to protect your head from the heat of the burners! Please note ballooning is weather dependent. Small and large groups, both personal and corporate are catered for as well as organising amazing corporate events. Flights available at short notice or as gift vouchers.If you have ever fancied seeing Bristol from a different angle, then a hot air balloon ride offers a fantastic opportunity to view the city from above. Bailey Balloons offers magical flight experiences taking off from Ashton Court, near to the impressive Clifton Suspension Bridge – a must see from the air. Enjoy drifting over the beautiful surrounding countryside, and view many of Bristol’s famous Landmarks such as the SS Great Britain, St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol University, Park Street and Bristol Cathedral.

$331.72 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Bristol Balloon Fiesta Champagne Flight from Bristol

Come ballooning over Bristol and see the city from above!As part of your Bristol Balloon Fiesta experience you will enjoy exclusive access to the ballooning arena before your flight where your Pilot will give you a full safety briefing and you can help us to inflate the balloon before you enter the basket. You will launch along with up to 130 other balloons and fly for around an hour gently floating over Bristol's landmarks and surrounding countryside before landing and enjoying a glass of chilled Champagne to toast your flight. Your crew will collect you in the Land Rovers and take you back to the Fiesta site.You will be asked to meet at the passenger entrance of the ballooning arena where a member of the crew will collect you and take you to your balloon. The Pilot will give you a full safety briefing before the balloon is inflated and you prepare for take off.On landing the crew will have followed you with vehicles and trailers and they will meet you and pack the balloon away - most people like to be involved in this as well! Chilled Champagne, beers & soft drinks are served before returning you to the Fiesta site. Don’t forget to bring your camera!Flights take place at dusk or dawn when the winds are usually at their calmest. Morning flights meet at 5.30-5.45 am and for the evening, it is usually 5.30 pmYou need to dress suitably for a countryside walk for the time of year. You may also choose to bring a hat to protect your head from the heat of the burners! Please note ballooning is weather dependent. If your Fiesta flight is cancelled due to unsuitable weather, you will be able to join one of the flights at another time from Bristol, Bath or South Wales (Fiesta vouchers are non-refundable and are not valid for the following year's Fiesta).

$159.22 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Ceres Chef Masterclass

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productCooking Class held at Ceres Coffee Duration: 3 hoursLocation: Stokes Croft, Bristol, England