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A youthful, vibrant city full of pubs, clubs and a thriving arts community, Bristol has a unique combination of history, culture and innovation. While the city’s Victorian and Georgian buildings remind visitors of its past, Bristol’s nightlife is all about its present, with a scintillating music scene taking in everything from edgy underground acts to mainstream pop bands playing the city’s well-respected venues. Bristol’s harbor is a party zone, with high art and lo-fi sounds rubbing shoulders.

Things to see

A reminder of Bristol’s industrial past, the Clifton Suspension Bridge has been a feature of the city since opening in 1864 as a memorial to its designer, the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Spanning the Avon Gorge, the bridge is still put to use – and then some – with around 12,000 cars rolling across its Grade I listed length each day. The Clifton area’s a trendy, student favorite, but set among its pottery sellers, delis and cafes stands Clifton Cathedral, which isn’t just a sacred place for worshippers, but also a design classic. Opening its doors in 1973, the cathedral’s hexagon-shaped sanctuary and wealth of natural light sets it apart from other major European cathedrals. For retail therapy, the city’s Cabot Circus shopping center is a temple of fashion, with a dazzling array of flagship stores set under its glassy roof, not to mention a huge range of international dining possibilities to keep your strength up.

Hotels in Bristol

Bristol has plenty to offer in terms of accommodation, and while there isn’t an abundance of the five-star luxury resorts you might find in some UK cities there are plenty of good mid-range hotels which offer high levels of service and plenty of amenities. Many Bristol hotels offer en-suite facilities, WiFi, and flat-screen televisions, as well as phones and voicemail services. As well as the city-center chain hotels which are ideally suited to business trips, there are a number of boutique hotels and 19th Century inns with a more rustic feel, perfect for a romantic getaway, but packed with modern conveniences.

Where to stay

The city center in Bristol is enormously popular with visitors, thanks in large part to the cobbled streets steeped in character which make up the Old City. Here you can sniff all manner of European and world cuisine as you bustle along St Nicholas Market. After a quick quayside stroll you’ll find yourself at Bristol’s harborside for a dose of sea air and an array of arts, crafts and culture – not to mention a close encounter with Brunel’s well-preserved boat the SS Great Britain. North of center is bohemian Clifton, where a large student population guarantees quirky stores, bars and lower prices.

How to get to

Flying into Bristol you’ll arrive at Bristol International Airport, around 8 miles out of the center of the city. The Bristol Flyer bus runs every 10 minutes between the airport and the city center, 24 hours a day, and is a quick, inexpensive way of getting into town. Bristol’s ideally situated for travelers within the UK, and its Temple Meads train station is a hub for visitors from London, Bath, Birmingham and other southwestern cities. Temple Meads is within walking distance of the city center. Bristol Parkway is the city’s other major station, offering an alternative link with Wales and other southern English cities.

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