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Bristol is a British City on the rise, as the largest city in the southwest it has a huge appeal to visitors of all interests. The city, situated on the River Avon, has a rich history still noticeable today in it’s architecture and many museums throughout the area. Once a centre of heavy industry it has transformed into a hub of culture and creativity. Recently named as the best city in the UK to live in, thanks to its “great shopping, great scenery and great social scene”.
The history of the city can be found in plain sight and in the many museums around the city. The majority of the architectural periods of Britain can be seen in the architecture throughout the city, from medieval defences to georgian grandeur and beyond. Bristol’s most iconic feature is the Clifton Suspension Bridge which was built in the 19th century, a trip to their visitor centre is a must for those interested in yesteryear. History enthusiasts will be truly enthralled by the landmarks of times gone by found in the city.
Lovers of the arts will be at ease in the city as over the past few decades it has been remodeled to focus on cultural arts. Theatre goers can be treated to magnificent performances across the city especially in the famous Bristol Old Vic. Live music can be found in venues all over the city from the massive Colston Hall to more intimate locations such as The Croft and Victoria Rooms. Visitors to the many art galleries will be blown away by the collection of new and old that can be found right through the city. Bristol is also home to the notorious graffiti artist, Banksy. There are walking tours available to those who wish to view his work in various locations.
Foodies should arrive with a sense of hunger as they will soon be rushing to try everything Bristol has to offer. The city takes food very seriously, visitors will find award-winning restaurants and restaurants on boats; cafés and restaurants that are great for kids and dining for grown ups. The city also hosts fantastic foodie events and markets throughout the year.
The social scene in Bristol is an ever growing aspect of the city. There are a wide variety of pubs and clubs to visit to suit all tastes. The Harbourside area is where you’ll find the majority of establishments, from the big and brashy Pitcher & Piano to the more laid-back and arty Watershed and Arnolfini. There are some ‘superclubs’ for those looking for an energetic night out, mainly Oceana and The Syndicate. The vast range of pubs and clubs will be more than enough to satisfy your mood on any given night.
Shopping is incredibly popular in Bristol City, regularly drawing crowds from all over Britain and beyond. There are two covered shopping centres in the Bristol Shopping Quarter where visitors can find a variety of independent and big brand products. Gloucester Road is a must see for all avid shoppers, it is Europe’s longest street of independent shops. Locals love it for its organic foods, clothes and antiques. Clifton Village is an up market shopping area chock full of small boutiques, antiques shops and cafes. Bristol is home to three all-year markets that are only a few minutes walk from the city centre where shoppers can buy local produce from South Gloucestershire and Somerset and exotic products from around the world.
The outlying areas surrounding Bristol City are also a must see for any tourists as they are home to many wonderful attractions. Great day trip ideas include seeing the medieval town of Tetbury, Cheddar Groves and Tyntesfield – a Victorian country house which has even starred in a Doctor Who episode. And Bath – home to Jane Austen Centre and Georgian terraces – is just a short drive away.
Europcar Bristol Airport is an ideal location to pick up your car, just under eight miles from the city centre, to start experiencing all that Bristol has to offer. Our location can cater to leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.