Things to do in Bristol

Located on Broad Street, Thistle Bristol City Centre, The Grand in Bristol City Centre places you in the heart of the historic town centre. In fact, it’s one of the four streets that have made up Bristol City since Saxon times. You don’t have to go far to find historical landmarks, St John’s Gate, which is the last remaining part of the city wall is at the bottom of this historical street. Explore the vibrant galleries, exclusive shops and Grade I listed Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Arts & Culture

  • M Shed - 0.7 Miles

    Bristol does have a tale to tell. Discover the city’s amazing history in this museum located on the historic dockside. Three galleries reveal the fascinating story of the city, from prehistoric times to the present day.

  • University of Bristol Botanic Garden - 2.8 Miles

    An evolutionary time warp. See the world as the dinosaurs might have: giant Amazonian water lilies, ginkgos, cycads and lotus fields. The diversity of plants is unique and not found anywhere else this side of Borneo.

  • Bristol Museum and Art Gallery - 0.8 Miles

    Appreciate the finer things at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. With 20 galleries over three floors, explore a diverse range of objects, from sea dinosaurs to magnificent art.

  • Georgian House - 0.5 Miles

    Is an 18th century, six-storey townhouse off Bristol’s famous independent shopping area, Park Street. The house has been restored to its original glory, so you can step back in time and imagine what life was like in this affluent area of the city hundreds of years ago.

  • Red Lodge - 0.5 Miles

    Often described as Bristol’s ‘hidden treasure’ discover this magnificent Tudor lodge. The house, built in 1580, is furnished in Elizabethan, Stuart and Georgian styles and contains the impressive Great Oak Room, with an original Elizabethan plasterwork ceiling and oak panelling.

  • Bristol Cathedral - 0.5 Miles

    A magnificent symbol of Bristol City a church has probably stood on this site for over a thousand years. It first came to prominence in 1148 when Robert Fitzhardinge founded the Abbey of St. Augustine. Visit the cathedral, and enjoy one of the masterpieces of English architecture.

  • At-Bristol - 0.6 Miles

    Get hands on at this museum that makes science fun. Explore interactive exhibits, live shows and a planetarium. Forget traditional science lessons, At-Bristol is one of the UK's largest and most exciting interactive science centres.

Local Attractions

  • Bristol Zoo - 2.1 Miles

    From Gibbon Island to the Forest of Birds, Twilight World to Monkey Jungle, there’s a lot to see at Bristol Zoo. Explore 12 acres of fun and see rare and endangered species and learn more about how they live in their habitats.

  • SS Great Britain - 1.1 Miles

    Voted the second Greatest Briton of all time, after Winston Churchill, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the 19th century engineering giants. The SS Great Britain, launched in 1843, is testament to his legacy. A truly revolutionary vessel and forerunner of all modern shipping.

  • Observation Tower - 2.1 Miles

    Experience the best views of Bristol. Sweeping 360 degree city vistas can be seen from the Observation Tower, ideally situated on a hill 338 feet above the river, close to the suspension bridge.


  • Ashton Court - 3.2 Miles

    Just 2 miles from the centre of Bristol, Ashton Court Estate is almost entirely surrounded by Somerset countryside. Owned by Bristol Council since 1959, the estate is now open to be enjoyed year round.

  • St. Georges Park - 2.9 Miles

    One of Bristol’s finest, spacious Victorian suburban parks. A great escape from the city, walk through a rich variety of trees and explore what locals love about this park.


  • Park Street - 0.8 Miles

    This historic shopping street was built in 1761 and was one of Bristol’s earliest examples of uniformly stepped hillside terracing. Of course you can just enjoy it for its shops and restaurants.

  • Cribbs Causeway - 4.8 Miles

    This is a great centre for retail therapy. Browse 135 fashion stores, enjoy 7,000 free parking spaces and 15 great cafés and restaurants in The Mall including Patisserie Valerie and Carluccio's.

Tourist Spot

  • Clifton Suspension Bridge - 2.7 Miles

    Spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, the bridge has been a symbol of the city for almost 150 years. Grade I listed it was the dream of a Bristol wine merchant who left a legacy to build a bridge over the gorge.

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