Whether you are taking a stroll through the harbor, walking down Park Street, or exploring Bristol’s alternative scene, there is always some kind of music tinkling (or occasionally blaring) away. It may be a busker, a DJ set, or one of Bristol’s eccentric characters having a sing-a-long, but close your eyes and the city is as colorful for the ears as it is for the eyes.
Started a fascinating journey through the development of Bristol’s street art scene, starting with the global phenomenon Banksy, whose stencil-themed artwork can be spotted all over the city.
At the end of the tour, make the most of your location and explore Stokes Croft, which has some great alternative shops and restaurants.
One of the jazzier buildings is The Full Moon & Attic Bar, which has been run by the same owners for two decades and is painted to look like a starry constellation. The Hotel regularly hosts live music and has a great garden.
If you’re getting peckish, drop by Caribbean Croft, a traditional Caribbean restaurant with a relaxed vibe, which serves the most delicious, spiced pork belly I have ever eaten.
Bristol is well known for its live music scene and has produced bands. If you want to learn more about the city’s musicals. you can take a self-guided tour using your smartphone via the “Everything is Music” digital museum.
As you explore the city, notifications will pop up and you can access all kinds of information including stories, interviews, songs, videos, and even 4D audio visualizers (hence the need for a smartphone).
Head to Clifton Observatory and buy a ticket to visit The Cave and Camera Obscura for unique views of the bridge. Make your way down 130 steep steps to the Giant’s Cave, which was once part of a small chapel in 305AD.
The Camera Obscura sits atop Clifton’s Observatory tower and is one of only three working Camera Obscura in the UK. The Victorian-designed “camera” uses a series of lenses and mirrors to reflect a 360 panoramic picture of the suspension bridge.
This family-friendly watersport involves propelling oneself (either sitting or standing) along the water on a wide inflatable board. We took part in a 1.5-hour taster session with the award-winning Bristol.
The project is conservation-focused and the layout is designed to provide a more natural habitat for the animals. One of the highlights is exploring Bear Wood, home to four “extinct” British species – bears, wolves, lynxes, and wolverines – who roamed these lands many centuries ago. Walk along raised walkways through the dense woodland and observe these animals from up high.
The Bristol Old Vic is a real institution in Bristol – it is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world, has recently undergone a major refurbishment. As part of the refurbishment, there is a new glass-fronted café, restaurant.