BEST THINGS TO DO IN BRISTOL, UK

  1. Go Banksy-hunting
    Mild Mild West, the hanging man on Park Street and the Girl With the Pierced Eardrum are the biggest but there are lots of older and lesser-known pieces dotted around the city. Google Banksy self-guided tour of Bristol.
  2. Visit Gloucester Road
    The UK's best high street, period. Famous for its plethora of independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants.
  3. Get the best view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge
    Follow signs or a map to the Camera Obscura on Clifton Down. You'll get an amazing view of Brunel's iconic bridge. The Camera Obscura is worth a quick look at too.
  4. Visit Stokes Croft
    Although it has has an image problem with its reputation for street drinking and a few undesirables hanging around, this is a completely safe area full of creative and arty types and is well worth a visit. It's the street art capital of England with new works being added every day. Stokes Croft is walking distance from the main shiny, glass-fronted city centre, but couldn't be more different.
  5. Eat cheaply
    Gloucester Road & St Nicholas Market are the two places in Bristol to eat delicious, healthy food. At lunchtime 2 people can easily dine out in either of these locations with drinks) for £12 total.
  6. Visit Weston-Super-Mare
    This is a very old-school British seaside town, just 30 minutes south of Bristol. Pensioners eating fish & chips, kids crying because they dropped their ice cream cone, noisy amusement arcades and donkey rides on the beach. You'll either enjoy it at face value or find it very amusing.
  7. Get rat-arsed
    If you like to party then Bristol won't disappoint. From hidden cocktail bars (see The Milk Thistle) to student haunts on the Clifton Triangle?you'll find plenty of places for a drink. "Locals" love the harbour-side area, do avoid that at weekends unless you like carnage.
  8. Splash the cash
    Eat or drink in Harvey Nichols' restaurant on the top floor. Book a table at the fantastic Casa Mia restaurant. Get the best seats for a touring musical at the Bristol Hippodrome. Go shopping around Quaker Friars nr Cabot Circus. Buy a flat in Clifton Village (or just a coffee).