Travel to Bristol
Although traditionally Bristol has been too often overlooked by visitors in favour of neighbouring Bath, there’s no doubt that West Country’s leading city is a destination on the rise. A former centre of indutry with a rich maritime history, Bristol presents a captivating mix of elegant Georgian architecture and funky street art, with an outstanding indie music scene that’s put it on the global map.
Whether you’re traveling to the city to see a band or explore its quirky attractions, or are simply planning to commute to Bristol from nearby Cardiff
or even London
, try to find yourself a car share to cut down the price of transport. That way you’ll have even more left in the kitty to experience this invigorating destination!
Cool things to do in Bristol
As the hometown of the famously enigmatic street artist Banksy, Bristol is renowned for its vibrant street art scene. Take a tour to see some of Banksy’s best-known works and other highlights, such as the brilliant graffiti display on Nelson Street, and gain a new appreciation for this colourful form of counterculture.
Bristol is also widely recognised for its extensive contributions to engineering and industrial history, and you can still see some examples today. Visit the impressive Clifton Suspension Bridge
– arguably the city’s most famous landmark – which spans the Avon Gorge between Bristol and North Somerset, or step aboard the SS Great Britain
, a 19th century passenger steamship designed by the esteemed I.K. Brunel, to learn about the vessel’s intriguing past.
Culture vultures will want to check out some of the city’s great collections, from art, archaeology and natural history at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
, to eclectic relics of Bristol’s social history at M Shed
Eat, drink and shop on a budget
Bristol is relatively inexpensive compared to more touristy cities, with plenty of options to stretch your budget – especially if you get to Bristol by lift share in the first place.
For delicious, inexpensive eats, drop by the street food stalls at St Nicholas Market and the Corn Exchange, or check out the many colourful independent cafés in quirky St Werburghs. There are also plenty of cool pubs, clubs and restaurants in the multicultural neighbourhoods of Easton and St Pauls.
Don’t forget to finish your day by catching some live music – after all, Bristol is the birthplace of bands such as Massive Attack and Portishead, so you never know who you’ll discover! Use Liftshare to track down fellow gig-goers and see if you can get a ride to keep it economical.