What I love about Bristol is that every time you have a walk around you probably will find a new and awesome place. But sometimes there are places that you miss if you haven’t been to visit in a while. Here is the selection of these special places for me; my top 5:
1. St Nicholas Market: This market is a must if you are in the city centre. Established in XVIII century, nowadays offers the possibility of buying clothes, records, books, pictures, souvenirs and a bunch of unusual things (fossils or spicy sauces among others). Also, if you are hungry and want to eat something from around the world, this is your place. In the part of the market called the Glass Arcade you will find a mix of stalls with Caribbean, English, Moroccan or Kurdish food amongst others and all under one roof.
2. Suspension Bridge: It has just turned 150, but it still stays in shape and the views are stunning. This masterpiece of engineering must be the most photographed place in Bristol and once you get there, you understand why. The amazing view of the city and the Avon Gorge makes this place an unmissable stop in Bristol. Every time of the day can be good, but if you can, try to go there close to dusk. The lights on the Brigde at this time of the day make the walk up there more worthy.
3. The walk around the Harbourside and Hotwells: The Harbourside walk from the city centre is one of the best things to do for a day out. Following the path along the Floating Harbour from the Waterfront (where Pero’s Bridge is), you will have a lovely walk where you can admire the SS Great Britain from the outside, the iconic coloured houses in Clifton and even a glimpse of the Suspension Bridge once you arrive to Cumberland Basin. The lovely café The Galley is in the area, so if you want a piece of cake or a lovely meal, check it out here.
Once you have recharged your energy, cross to the other side of the Harbour and you will be able to have a better look to Clifton Houses and walk around the Marina. On this side of the Harbour you will be able to find the latest Banksy graffiti, have a closer look to the SS Great Britain and finish your walk in the MShed.
4. King Street: With many pubs along the less than 300 metres of the street, King Street could be a good place to start a night out, grab a bite or gather to have a pint and a chat. Pubs like The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer , The Beer Emporium, The Old Duke or The Llandoger Trow offer some nice spaces to gather with your friends surrounded by international people and locals. Warm and cozy during the winter, most of the places have little beer garden tables to enjoy the good weather towards the summer.
5. Avon Gorge Hotel: I mentioned before the amazing view from the Suspension Bridge, this is the place to have the perfect one of the bridge. The pub (The White Lion) and the cafe (The Bridge Café) in the hotel both have plenty of space on their terraces to have (if the weather allows it) a unique view. The White Lion offers pub food and drinks whereas in the Café, you will be able to enjoy a very English afternoon tea. Also, getting there is the perfect excuse to have a walk around the lovely area of Clifton Village.
- Laura Garcia, Social Programme Coordinator