Bristol is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the UK. So far as the southwest of England is concerned, there is nothing to match it. There is so much to do in the city that you could spend months there before you revisited any part of its cultural life. Tourists from all over the UK and overseas are attracted to it.
Bristol –like many other major cities in Britain – has tourist a sightseeing bus tour which you can book on. These are great in the summer when you can enjoy the open air top deck. However, you don’t need to be on an organised tour in order to take in many of the city’s sights. The SS Great Britain is one of Bristol’s most famous sights and is a testament to its Victorian designer, Brunel, as well as the city’s history as a port. Another famous Brunel sight is the impressive suspension bridge he designed that still stands over the river at Clifton.
Bristol has a great cultural life. The main theatre is Bristol Hippodrome which has regular productions and plays host to touring companies of international standing. The Watershed is a digital media performance theatre and you also get the best in independent cinema here, as well. The Bristol Old Vic is England’s oldest theatre that is still going. It has recently been refurbished and it is used to showcase some of the best up-and-coming writers and performers.
In terms of music, Bristol has reputation that even rivals cities like London and Manchester. The Victoria Rooms are the place to head for classical and baroque performances. Gig goers will welcome a trip to Colston Hall which has touring rock and pop artists along with occasional DJs and even stand up comedy. In the south of Bristol, the Tobacco Factory puts on all sorts of performances, from music to plays to kids shows.
This tourist attraction is one of the best in country. The aquarium is the perfect place to head if it is raining outside or if you want to keep children entertained all day. In the dry, you can explore the British coast as well as the tropical ocean.
If being active is more your thing, then Bristol has much to offer visitors, too. ClimbBristol is exactly what you would expect – a rock climbing centre. Here, you can try various climbing styles, including outcrop, cliffs and quarries. SUP Bristol offers people that chance to try their hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Head down to the harbour for this fun and trendy water sport. In the city centre, try American-style bowling at the Lanes. You don’t just get an evening’s sporting fun there, but also entertainment from bands and comedians, as well.