A Weekend Vacation In Bristol, UK
Escape for a weekend in this bohemian city, just 90 minutes west of London. Often overlooked in favour of the capitol, Bristol is rightly worth its own weekend: brilliant restaurants and bars, a thriving art scene and pristine nature.
Start your day with a wander through Bristol’s Georgian Terraces to grab breakfast at the Wallfish Bistro, a neighborhood restaurant in Bristol’s cutest village, Clifton. Just a few minutes away is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, a marvel of 19th century engineering by Brunel that spans the distance across the Avon Gorge. Climb to the top of Observatory Hill, and you’ll be rewarded with views across the gorge. If you look closely, you may even see the bridge swaying!
Head back into Clifton for a stop at The Lido, an oasis in the city with an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, spa and restaurant. Take a few laps in its warm waters before retreating to the restaurant for a cup of tea.
Hungry yet? Head to Grillstock in St Nicks or Clifton for smoked meats that would impress any die-hard barbecue fan.
Bristol is also the home of Banksy, the famed and elusive graffiti artist. The buildings in the neighborhood of Stokes Croft form one large outdoor gallery, with new canvases constantly popping up. If you’re keen to learn more, art tours are highly recommended.
Finish your night with dinner at Bell’s Diner, a local favourite for its inventive small plates, brilliant drinks list and laid-back environment. If you’re after a nightcap, The Milk Thistle in central Bristol does some of the city’s best cocktails, and the Crofters Rights has an impressive range of craft beers on tap.
For brunch, head up to Montpelier – a patchwork of little streets, full of independent bars and restaurants – just a few minutes north of the city centre. Both Bakers& Co and Poco put on a great spread for weekend brunch.
For a unique perspective on the city, head down to the waterfront and hire a stand-up paddleboard. Explore by board the harbour and waterways that made Bristol one of the homes of British shipbuilding.
After all that exercise, reward yourself with a Sunday roast at The Gallimaufry. Be sure to pair it with a pint! Bristol is located within prime cider-making territory, and it’s the ideal place to taste the local brews.
With its lively cultural scene and nature at its doorstep, it’s no wonder Bristol was recently rated as the best city in the UK to live in – and certainly one of the best to visit.