If you’ve got 48 hours in a UK city, what would you see and do? Our 48 hours series continues as we look at the achingly cool Bristol.
First things first… Breakfast
You’ll need a good hearty breakfast to kick start your trip off, and our sources tell us that The Bristolian is the place to be for a classic fry-up. Renowned as one of the best local breakfast spots, you will have no shortage of items, from meaty, veggie and vegan fry-ups to waffles and eggs. If you’ve got a sweet tooth and are after something a little lighter, then get down to Hart’s Bakery, where pastries, cakes and bread are the main events. You can even watch the bakers crafting their foodie delights in the large open kitchen whilst you sip on an expertly brewed coffee from local friends Extract Coffee Roasters.
Get the brain engaged
Once you’re full of fresh food, take a trip to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and get learning about ancient artifacts, fascinating fossils and amazing artwork. The museum boasts a truly impressive selection of historical items, from local wildlife exhibits, Egyptian wonders, dinosaurs, geology and art from around the world, not to forget Alfred the gorilla! Spend a few hours here wandering around and you’ll definitely come out feeling smarter!
Take a trip along a very large bridge, if you dare!
An absolute must-do on any trip to Bristol is to make sure you take a ride over the famous and awe-inspiring Clifton Suspension Bridge. Designed by one of the greats of engineering, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in the 1800’s, the bridge connects Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in Somerset, spanning the huge Avon George River. Crossing it is not a task suited for Acrophobia sufferers as the bridge sits 245 ft. (that’s 75 meters) above the water. But it has a breath-taking view that’s definitely worth taking the trip if you can stomach it! If not, opt for a walk up to Clifton Village for fantastic views of the bridge itself. A true sight to behold!
Visit the animals
We know it’s an obvious choice, but Bristol’s intimate zoo is a great place to visit to see the happy animals it keeps, thanks to their dedicated attention, immaculate care and many committed conservation programmes. These guys are truly passionate about their animals, from the lions, red pandas and penguins to the gorgeous gorillas.
Check out the street art
Bristol is a city in the UK famous for it’s striking street art. The best art can be found around the Stokes Croft area, including an original Banksy piece, the controversial The Mild Mild West. The art graces most large walls in the city, most notably along Nelson Street where the art scales the buildings for a collaborative large scale project called See No Evil.