Best Things to do in Bristol

Best Things to do in Bristol close to our Airbnb near Gloucester Road!

May 17 

When in Bristol, here’s some great activities to try…

If you’re coming to Bristol, I’d recommend checking out Cabot Tower, At-Bristol and the Bristol Zoo Gardens. Goldney Hall is also a great place to visit. You could even take a trip to Kings Weston House if you have time for it!

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Cabot Tower

Cabot Tower is a tower on Brandon Hill in Bristol, England. It was built to commemorate John Cabot’s voyage from Bristol to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1497.

Built in the late 19th century, it is said to be one of the most iconic structures in Bristol. The best way to get there is by taking a bus from Gloucester Road station (it’s about 3 minutes away). The journey takes around 20-30 minutes depending on traffic conditions, so you might want to give yourself plenty of time or go early before they open if you want a good view! You can also take the Severn Beach line which stops at Clifton Down Station which is right next door – making it easy for those who don’t feel like walking up all those steps.

Opening hours are 10am until 6pm daily except Mondays when they close at 4pm; admission fees are £3 adults / £2 concessions / free under 18s


At-Bristol is a science centre and museum located in Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, England. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bristol and it has been voted as one of the top ten science centres in Europe by the European Association of Science Centres.

At-Bristol was opened to the public on 9 March 1998 by The Duchess of Cornwall who supported its foundation through her personal patronage as President until 2008 when she passed this role on to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The charity was also supported by Bristol City Council and Arts Council England during its early years as they contributed towards its running costs until 2001 when At-Bristol became self-funding through visitor revenue alone.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

bristol zoo

Bristol Zoo Gardens has been a popular attraction since it first opened in 1872, and today it’s the 5th oldest zoo in the world. The zoo houses over 400 species of animals, including some rare and endangered ones. It’s also home to one of Europe’s largest collection of penguins!

In addition to its animal exhibits, Bristol Zoo Gardens is well-known for its botanical gardens (which are free) as well as its playgrounds and zip lines. If you’re traveling with kids, they will have a blast at this zoo!

Goldney Hall

The house is known for its unique architecture, but most visitors will want to do what any good tourist does and climb up the spiral staircase. If you’re feeling adventurous, try looking into the windows of this vast house (if you can manage not to get caught by security). One of them is said to have a golden room inside with all sorts of treasures—but don’t worry, it’s just a legend!

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a grade I listed building and was built in 1864 as part of the Clifton Observatory. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it connects Leigh Woods with the city centre of Bristol.

The bridge is one of Bristol’s most popular tourist attractions and spans across the Avon Gorge to connect Clifton with Leigh Woods on the South Gloucestershire side. The top deck of this suspension bridge provides stunning panoramic views along with plenty of photo opportunities (both up close and far away). If you’re into hiking or walking, it’s also possible to walk across this bridge – however, please note that there are no barriers preventing you from falling off!

Kings Weston House

Kings Weston House is a beautiful Palladian country house set in gorgeous gardens. It was built between 1710 and 1730, and it has been owned by the National Trust since 1951. This is a classic example of an English Palladian country house, with its beautiful symmetrical facade and its large central block flanked by two identical wings. Unlike many country houses that were built at this time using brick, Kings Weston House is constructed from red sandstone quarried on site during the construction process—and it shows! The exterior walls are thick enough to withstand any weather that comes their way, and they seem to glow warmly under the sun’s rays even when it’s cold outside.

The inside of Kings Weston House is just as impressive as its exterior: rooms are decorated in lavish styles from across various eras (you’ll see everything from Renaissance Revival to baroque), but all blending seamlessly into one another thanks to careful restoration efforts over the years. There are plenty of other things for visitors at this stunning property too; check out our guide here!

The Clifton Arcade

Bristol Arcade

The Clifton Arcade is a Grade II listed building and shopping arcade in the Clifton area of Bristol, England. It was built in 1854 as part of a redevelopment scheme to improve the appearance of Clifton Village. The Arcade was designed by architect Thomas Fulljames and builder H F Stevens.

The building is an excellent example of Victorian architecture, with its glazed roof giving it a striking appearance that remains unchanged today. It’s also one of only two shopping arcades left standing in Bristol (the other being The Mall at Cribbs Causeway).

The Arcade houses over 70 shops including jewellery stores, cafes and restaurants as well as independent retailers selling unique gifts and homewares such as glassware from Wales or handmade soaps from Bath & Body Workshops nearby on Gloucester Road..

The Georgian House Museum

If you want to know more about the history of Bristol, a visit to the Georgian House Museum is a must. The house dates back to 1790, and is considered one of the best examples of Regency architecture in England. It has been beautifully restored so that visitors can get an idea of what life was like during this period from their own home. You can even take part in tours or special events that provide insight into this time period through authentic costumes and activities such as cooking sessions with historic recipes.

If you are really interested in Regency fashion, then head over on Friday evenings where there will be live demonstrations by costumed interpreters who will give tips on how to dress like your favorite historical figures from this time period!

St George’s Bristol

Next on the list is St George’s Bristol. A Grade I listed building, it is one of the largest and most important Georgian churches in England. It was built between 1756 and 1790, when Bristol was still an important port city and second only to London in its influence over British trade. The church has been named after St George since at least 1539, though it wasn’t completed until fifty years later due to its size and cost!

With a capacity of 1,500 people with seating for 800 (plus standing room) this venue has seen some big names perform over the years: including Faithless (who played there in 2016), Dizzee Rascal (2012), Joss Stone (2011) – just check out their website for more details!

It’s also incredibly accessible if you need to travel by car or public transport as there are cheap car parks nearby as well as bus links from other parts of town like Gloucester Road or Bedminster where Airbnb guests might stay during their visit! Plus there are two disabled toilet facilities available downstairs which makes things easy if someone traveling with limited mobility needs assistance getting around…

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