Few parts of Britain offer the range of attractions available around Bristol, Bath and Somerset. As a destination in its own right or as a gateway for anyone wanting to explore South West England, Bristol is a perfect destination. But what are the secrets to making the most of ‘gateway Bristol’? Here are five tips to get you started.
Bristol and nearby Bath are great for shopping
Bristol and nearby Bath are renowned for great shopping. Whether it’s mid-summer or pre-Christmas, Bristol is an accessible centre for a shopping break. There’s the city centre with Broadmead, the modern Galleries centre and the charming little shops clustered around Christmas Steps. Alternatively, head north of the centre to visit the massive Mall at Cribbs Causeway where you’ll find all your favourite high street stores. And then there’s the brand new Cabots Shopping Centre which is due to open in September 2008.
Attractions for all the family
Within a short distance of Bristol centre you’ll find some of Britain’s most famous visitor attractions. When you are all shopped out, why not visit Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo, The Clifton Suspension Bridge or the Explore-at-Bristol science centre in the heart of the city’s rejuvenated docks. The only limit is your imagination and the time you have available…
A great selection of bars, pubs and restaurants
When the sun goes down there’s Bristol’s exciting nightlife scene: a mass of stylish bars, restaurants and pubs, many of which are close to The Colston Hall and The Bristol Hippodrome where you can enjoy live music and the best of West End and Broadway productions.
Georgian Bath is just a few miles away
While you’re in the area, it’s easy to visit Georgian Bath with its long history, stunning architecture and beautiful position deep in the Avon valley. Don’t miss Bath’s hot springs and Roman baths or a flutter on the horses at the town’s picturesque racecourse.
A perfect stopover centre
Bristol makes a perfect stopover point on a trip to Devon and Cornwall, or if you’re headed over to Wales. Being positioned at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways, the Bristol area is perfect for a short break in your journey.
Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned fan of everything Bristolian, don’t leave it too long before you visit this amazing city.