I’m Sarah, I blog all things life, food, travel and beauty over at It’s Sarah Ann. I have just this year returned to Bristol after a few years working up in London. I love food, homewares (don’t let me buy more cushions), bullet journaling, baking, travelling (when I can) and flowers – I love me a garden centre or botanical garden!
Why I chose to write about Bristol…
I have chosen to write about Bristol as I grew up just outside Bristol, it’s always been the place I call home and I missed it so much when I lived in London that I’ve now moved back for good!
5 things to see and do in Bristol
The Clifton Suspension Bridge
It honestly would not be a trip to Bristol without a trip to the suspension bridge. Take a wander up to the observatory and admire one of the best views ever, in my opinion. Wander around the Downs then have a nose around the shops and cafes of Clifton (if you don’t have a scotch egg and a cupcake from The Mall Deli I won’t forgive you). They’re all within walking distance of each other and makes for the nicest afternoon. Hang around for sunset, you won’t regret it.
There’s honestly nothing you can’t do here! It’s full of bars and restaurants plus loads of sports and activities: cycling, rowing, yachting, paddle boarding, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the Aquarium, At-Bristol Science Centre, the M Shed museum, the Watershed cultural cinema, the Arnolfini centre of contemporary arts… need I say more? Take a walk around and see what you fancy.
University of Bristol Botanical Garden
I said I love a botanical garden… Bristol’s is just off the Down’s and it’s just a lovely place to take a little picnic or just a little wander for some fresh air.
Park Street and Queens Road
A great place to shop with plenty of lovely independent shops. At the top of Park Street you have the beautiful Wills Memorial Building, where the University of Bristol graduations are held.
Admire the Architecture
Everywhere.. This is something I personally love to do, wander round just taking pictures of beautiful houses I can only dream of living in. There’s such an eclectic mix of colours and styles in Bristol that in my opinion rivals those in London. The iconic colourful houses of Cliftonwood overlooking the floating harbour just… perfection..
Sarah’s Recommendation for Food & Drink in Bristol
There will be a cuisine for you – anything you could possibly fancy is there, or try a bit of everything, watch the world go by, have a drink and watch the sunset over the harbourside – pure heaven. Might I recommend Calypso Kitchen if Caribbean takes your fancy.
A map of things to do in Bristol…
Other recommendations from Sarah
- M Shed // A free museum all about Bristol if you’re keen to find out more about the rich history of Bristol (it’s a very interesting place). It’s on the harbourside, so a great attraction on your way around.
- Museum and Art Gallery // A free museum at the top of Park Street next to the Wills Memorial Building. Full of Egyptian treasures, dinosaurs and wildlife, plus some amazing paintings, pottery and glass.
- Banksy paintings // Bristol is famous for being the birthplace of banksy and there’s no shortage of pieces you can spot on your way around the city. From the Well-Hung Lover at the bottom of Park Street to the Masked Gorilla in Eastville that was once accidentally painted over, it makes for a fab self-guided walking tour of the city.
Things to see & do
- Paddle Boarding // Not something I’ve tried in Bristol yet but every time I see someone doing it I think ARGH I MUST DO THAT. The harbour is absolutely beaut, as I’ve mentioned 93478 times already, but it’s a lovely place to spend the day – add another dimension to that by being on the water.
- Cycling // Bristol is a very green city, it’s the UK’s first Cycling City and was once named the Green Capital. It’s full of cycle paths and beautiful places to see by bike. If you’re feeling brave or you’re an avid cyclist, why not cycle to Bath via the Bristol to Bath railway path.
- Rock Climbing/Abseiling // If that’s more your thing or you fancy giving it a go the Avon Gorge (which the Suspension Bridge goes across) is a fab place for either.
Food & Drink
There’s two HOT SPOTS in my opinion for fab food, I doubt you’d be disappointed by anywhere you went in these two places (but I’ve not tried everywhere..)
- North Street // Honestly, so many great spots to eat and drink up here – personally I recommend the North Street Standard (their mac and cheese is to die for), The Spotted Cow (a great steak or roast dinner) and The Tobacco Factory (a great spot for drinkies plus they regularly have street food stalls which are fab!)
- Gloucester Road //Well known for its independent shops, again there’s no shortage of places to try up here. Graffiti is very popular in Bristol anyway but it’s encouraged by many businesses here so it looks wiiild! The Flyer is fab for a drink.
- Cabot Circus // The biggest, main central shopping centre in Bristol. It’s got almost everything!
- Park Street and Queens Road // Much more quirky and independent
- Whiteladies Road // A little more on the premium side – lovely delis and shops
Thank you to Sarah for taking part in the Travel in the UK Guest Blogger Series. You can catch up with the rest of the series on Steph’s World.
Bristol has got to be my favourite place ever, I don’t know anyone that’s been let down by it, it’s the best – I know everyone says that about their hometown but Bristol really is the best. There’s so much to see and do beyond what I’ve described here, there’s so much to discover. It’s such a welcoming place, full of passionate locals, quirky little streets and crevices, colour everywhere you look. If you’re planning a trip here, I hope you have the best time – if not, add it to your list.
Massive thanks to Steph for including me in her UK Travel Series, you can find me over at www.itssarahann.com – see you there!