The prosperity of Bristol, in south west England, was historically linked with the sea via its bustling port, but in more recent years the original dock in the city centre has been regenerated as a centre of culture and heritage.
Bristol International Flyer buses operate between 2.30am and 11.45pm and travel regularly to Bristol city centre and the Bristol Temple Meads railway station, taking 30 minutes and costing around £5. Taxis are available outside the terminal.
Located next to Bristol Cathedral, the historic waterfront and Cabot Circus, the Victorian-style Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel offers the ideal base for exploring the city. www.marriott.co.uk
The four-star Ston Easton Park is a Palladian mansion offering luxury and country charm. Set among 36 acres of parkland with the River Norr running through the grounds, it has a Victorian garden providing much of the produce for the award-winning restaurant. www.stoneaston.co.uk
Discover contemporary hotel conveniences in the elegant heart of central Bristol at Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre. Within 5 minutes of Bristol Temple Meads train station, close to the M4 and only 10 miles to Bristol Airport (with the Airport Flyer Express Link stopping right outside), this Bristol hotel is an ideal base for the West Country and beyond. Whether you’re in town to meet with Bristol corporates, visiting the University of Bristol, or to spend leisure time seeing Brunel’s marvels of engineering, Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre puts you at the heart of the action. www.bristolcitycentre.hgi.com
Riverstation is a restaurant and bar on Bristol’s harbourside with al fresco terraces overlooking the water. Restaurant menus change daily and include fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The ground floor bar and kitchen is more informal. www.riverstation.co.uk
Part of the renowned Hotel du Vin chain, Bristol’s Bistro du Vin is a known quantity for a casual lunch or fine dining. The a la carte 28-day dry-aged steaks are a particularly popular option.www.hotelduvin.com
Before 20 August 2011, Nelson Street was a nondescript corridor of bleak, grey buildings. Now it hosts the most ambitious permanent street art project ever to take place in the UK – See No Evil.
Step back in time on board the world’s first great ocean liner, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, in Bristol’s historic harbour. The iconic steam ship lies at the heart of a multi award-winning visitor attraction. www.ssgreatbritain.org
If you’re visiting Bristol then why not make some time to visit Bath since it’s only 13 miles away. It’s easily accessible by car, bus or train. Bath is well worth a visit as it has some stunning architecture and attractions that people from all over the country come to see.
The famous Roman Baths were built around the only hot spring in Britain by the Romans. This stunning temple and bathing centre that still flows with natural hot water is a popular tourist attraction where you can experience the wonderful ancient ruins. http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/
There is also the Thermae Bath Spa to visit whilst you’re there. This is the only place in Britain where you can bathe in naturally warm mineral water and provides a truly relaxing experience. http://www.thermaebathspa.com/
Other things to see when in Bath include the Royal Crescent which is a well known landmark that contains 30 houses, one of which is now the Royal Crescent hotel. Nearby in Wiltshire, you can also visit Stonehenge and see close up features of the prehistoric monument. http://www.stonehenge.co.uk/
If you’re more into the city life, then the centre of Bath has many shops from independent boutiques to larger high street stores. There’s something for everyone, so visit Bath the next time you are in the area.
21 September 2013 - 12 January 2014 - Exhibition of the Roman Empire at Bristol Museum and art gallery