Discover the Magic of Bristol

Bristol is located on the Avon River, with access to the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. As such, it was one of England’s most valuable ports and has a rich nautical history. Anyone visiting the city should make sure to explore its past, as well as its latest attractions.

The confluence of two rivers was a place of importance to many ancient settlements and Bristol is no exception. There has been a settlement at the location where the rivers Frome and Avon meet since the 11th century.

Over time, its location as a port made it the gateway to the New World. Goods flowing through Bristol raised it to global eminence in the 16th century. Exports included wool cloth, while the city imported fish, wine, grain and later, tobacco and tropical fruits.

Today, Bristol’s sea-faring is largely a thing of the past. Instead, it’s a hive of creative activity as well as a centre for the aerospace and electronics industries. Its creative streak is on the very walls of the city. Wherever you go, you’ll find extraordinary street art and even a few Banksy pieces.

No visit to Bristol would be complete without a trip to the old Port of Bristol. Now known as the Floating Harbour, take a left off Anne’s Road and follow the river past Temple Meads Station.

On the Waterfront, you’ll find museums, galleries, exhibitions and the Bristol Aquarium. At the Tourist Information Centre, you can get Bristol’s official currency: The Bristol Pound.

The Bristol Pound features a magpie, the official mascot of the city. You can use Bristol Pounds on buses, as well as a number of local businesses, including:

  • Bowl of Plenty, Colston Hall
  • Glassboat Brasserie, Welsh Back
  • Studio Baum, Saint Thomas Street
  • Clifton Wine School, Broad Quay
  • Flavalanche, Park St

… and many more!

With so much to see and do, it’s worth making a weekend of your visit to Bristol. There are plenty of places to stay, from quirky AirBnbs and hotels, to a local Premier Inn.