What I did and saw:
The M Shed museum is free to enter (although a donation is suggested). It is a very nice museum that explores the history of the area. Many of the displays are also very thought provoking and touch on things such as gender and race issues. There is also a place at the M Shed available to rent for special events.
The Clifton Observatory offers beautiful views of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, and of the city of Bristol. Construction of the bridge was started in 1831 and completed in 1864. The impressive bridge connects the two sides of the Avon Gorge.
Brunel Swivel Bridge and SS Great Britain-
Like the Clifton Suspension Bridge, both the Brunel Swivel Bridge and the SS Great Britain were designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. All three of these, including many other things designed by Brunel, were significant engineering developments for the time period. The Swivel Bridge is free to walk by, but the SS Great Britain has a £16.50 (although you can see the outside of the both and museum for free.
Banksy Street Art-
Bristol is believed to be the hometown of the famous but clandestine street artist Bansky. There are a handful of Banksy pieces around Bristol as well as some street art done by others. Many of the pieces are very impressive and thought provoking.
Giant Gromit Sculptures-
Wallace and Gromit is a famous British claymation series. There were a variety of different decorated “Gromits” (the dog character from the show) throughout Bristol while I was there. Many of the Gromits are decorated by a variety of famous artists and well known celebrities. The statues are done to raise awareness and money for a children’s hospital.
St. Nicholas Market-
The St. Nick Market has a variety of interesting shops. While I was there I visited the Hot Sauce Emporium and got some amazing dark chocolate with ghost pepper and ginger beer.
What I ate and drank:
Full Court Press-
Bristol is a very good coffee town with many options, and Full Court Press is one of the best. They offer excellent craft coffee and a small food menu.
Playground Coffee House-
Playground Coffee House is one of my favorite places in Bristol. They serve excellent coffee and have a small food and drink menu. They also have some seats with swings and a wide variety of board games to play. It’s a great place to spend a few hours hanging out.
Small Bar features and extensive craft beer menu. They also have a very cool, relaxing space in their upstairs area.
The Corination Tap-
The CoriTap is a very good cider spot. I recommend trying the Exhibition cider that is procured exclusively for the CoriTap.
The Porticullis is a nice place to grab a drink and chill with friends. Like many other places in Bristol, they also offer board games to play.
Boston Tea Party-
Boston Tea Party has a few locations in the Bristol area. They have a very good breakfast menu and serve very good coffee. Also, trust their avocado coffee, it is definitely worth a try. It may sound a bit strange, but it tastes delicious.
Bento Boss is a nice sushi and Pan Asian restaurant. To get more bang for your buck I would recommend getting one of the Bento boxes. They are very tasty and offer a variety of things in just one order.
Coffee + Beer-
Most of the coffee at Coffee + Beer was set out in unsealed containers so I decided not to get any (especially considering the plethora of good coffee options in Bristol), but they did have a very nice selection of craft beer (mostly in bottles).
Franco Manca Sourdough Pizza-
Franco Manca has a variety of different quality pizza options at good prices.
Where I stayed and how I got around:
I stayed with friends in Bristol. Bristol is a pleasantly walkable city, and once in Bristol I walked to get around.
My favorite thing:
Bristol has an abundance of good options for craft coffee and beer. Also, I really liked having board games available at many places.
My least favorite thing:
The weather in Bristol was fairly pleasant while I was there, but it can be rough for much of the year. Also, accommodation prices can be very expensive.
For next time:
Next time in Bristol I would like to explore more if the waterfront area near the M Shed, and I would also like to try out some of the speakeasies in Bristol. Also, I would like to check out the walled city walk around the old city.
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