The best way to get to know this exciting city of contrasts is probably via its world famous artist, Banksy. Spot the work of this elusive street artist by downloading the app or booking on the fabulous Bristol Street Art Tour.
Another name synonymous with Bristol is that of Brunel, the Victorian engineer who designed the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. It makes for a spectacular stroll across the Avon Gorge, and comes with a fascinating visitor’s centre. He was also responsible for “the ship that changed the world”, the SS Great Britain, now docked in Bristol and a brilliant family attraction.
While you’re down by the water, sail right past the SS Great Britain on The Matthew, the replica of the ship helmed by John Cabot as he discovered Newfoundland over 500 years ago. In fact, the Harbourside has steadily become a fantastic destination for visitors to Bristol. The regeneration began with the Arnolfini contemporary arts centre, which has a wonderful programme of international art exhibitions, dance, film, music and events. Nearby is the free M Shed, which explores the city’s history from prehistoric times to the 21st century in innovative fashion. And the At-Bristol Science Centre is an exciting interactive attraction for the whole family. Where else can you can be both an animator and space explorer within a matter of minutes?