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6 Top Things To Do In Bristol

Bristol has a lot to offer, it’s a quirky city with a fascinating history. If you’re packing your bags to start university in this beautiful city, you’ll have a lot to be excited about. Bristol is famous for it’s hot-air balloons and thriving art & music scene. Being the most innovative city in the UK outside of London, there’s plenty of reasons why it’s makes Bristol a top place to study. With lots to explore, we’ve put together a few of our must dos in the city.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Visit Europe’s biggest hot air balloon event, attracting hot air balloons from all over the world. There’s just something so special about seeing the sky filled with balloons, especially at night! This event is for all, featuring various entertainment such as fairground rides, food stalls, fire works and music. Check out the views from Clifton Suspension Bridge!

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Capture the most instagrammable pictures from Bristol’s most recognisable landmarks. There’s a visitor centre where you can learn about the history of the world-famous bridge as well as free tours on selected days! You can also visit the Giant’s cave if that’s your sort of thing. You’ll sure want to tick this one off your list.


Visit the German built ex cargo ship found in Bristol’s Floating Harbour. Yes, this is now a nightclub! Thekla has been around since the 90s and continues to be one of the country’s most iconic live music venues with up to 7 gigs a week. There’s no surprise this place is usually packed especially around freshers, take a look at their boat parties online before they sell out.

The Tobacco Factory Market

If you’re looking to get out of the city, look no further than The Tabacco Factory. A hub of great food, drink, music and art. Visit its market with reusable containers and grab a coffee form their solar powered coffee machine. Here’s where you’ll find independent businesses thriving from selling local produce and placing value on sustainability. There are also exhibitions, quizzes, a theatre and more!

Banksy Graffiti Tour

Although Banksy remains anonymous, you can view the world-famous graffiti artist’s work scattered around the city of Bristol. Hunt the streets to find his art work on the self-guided walking tour, you might even spot a new piece! A stroll through Bristol’s cultural quarter is an absolute must for art fans and artists alike.

Gloucester Road

If you’re looking for quirky bohemian vibes and some unique vintage items, then head off to Gloucester Road. It’s just a bit further out but well worth it. With its ever-changing street art, it’s like walking through an art gallery! You can find some of Banksy’s best knows pieces as well as live music and delicious food.

Bristol is a city like no other which explains why our property in Hotwells House is extremely popular. Get in touch or check out our website for more details.


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