Bristol

Travel

A lovely sunny Saturday in Bristol, only 2h30 far from London (by coach or train, time is the same, but the coach is far cheaper).

Clifton Suspension Bridge. Take bus 8 until Clifton Village station (for students : £1.20 single way / £3.00 illimited day). Walk 5min on top of the Observatory to get an amazing view on that bridge and the river downside. Then cross the bridge return, to have a beautiful view on river, rocks and cliffs.

Clifton Village. My favorite place in Bristol made of small independents shops and antiques shops. Stop for a coffee at Coffee #1, Rhubarb and Papersmiths. Don’t forget to visit the Arcade.

Walk back in town center via small cute streets and go across Brandon Hill. It’s a peaceful park where all paths lead to Cabot Tower surrounded by steps covered of plants. And panoramic views on Bristol are beautiful.

On your road you will cross Bristol cathedral. Finally arrived in the city center, at the harbourside. Under the arcade, there are stools of independant makers, tourist information center and many restaurants.  Cross the bridge and  walk along it to admire boats and houseboats until you reach the well-known ss Great Britain. On your way back, stop at Arnolfini museums. I didn’t have the chance to visit galleries which were closed for installation but the bookshop is full of great books and stationery.

A few steps further you can reach Queen’s park, before going in the Old city where streets and houses are fantastic. Cross the Center Promenade, Calston Hall (and climb until Dig before going down via Christmas steps). Go to Nicholas market (streets stools, covered market and south arcade) before ending up to Full Court Press, where I’ve drunk one of the best coffee in UK.

If you have time at the end of the day, visit the Galleries, Carbot circus and shopping streets.

 

Overall, Bristol is a wonderful city and I would like to return to do what I didn’t have time to visit (Arnolfini,  Art Museum, Calston tower, Gloucester road…)

 

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