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5 Reasons to Explore Bristol this Summer 2019

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 6 June 2019 | Views [30]

In South West England sits Bristol, one of the UK’s most popular destinations for tourists. Not only is Bristol one of the best cities in the UK to visit, it was also voted the best city to live in in 2014 and 2017 by the Sunday Times. If you’re looking for somewhere new and vibrant to explore this coming summer, look no farther than the bustling city of Bristol.

Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta

This coming August is one of Bristol’s biggest events – the International Balloon Fiesta. The festival began in 1979 and is one of the largest hot air balloon events in all of Europe. Where do you need to be for this event? The Balloon Fiesta takes place on Ashton Court Estate, a large country park, and often attracts huge crowds with almost 100, 000 people visiting over the 4-day event. What’s even better is the event is completely free, with the only fees being for parking.

The Home of Banksy

Banksy, the now world-famous graffiti artist, first started out in his hometown of Bristol as part of the DryBreadZ Crew. It was at this time that the anonymous artist adopted his nom de plume Banksy, which has stuck throughout his career. Banksy is now incredibly popular, with some of his original artwork selling for thousands and thousands of pounds. There are a few paid-for and free walking tours of Bristol where you can explore the original artworks of Banksy. Or, if you fancy a walk exploring the city, why not see how many you can spot on your own as you make your way around.

Exploring History in Bristol

Looking to explore the rich history and culture of the city? Bristol, due to the fact it was once a busting port city, has a rich and varied maritime past. The city played an important part in the early journeys to explore the Americas and beyond. Museums like the popular M Shed and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery are great places to delve into the past and explore the evolution of the city.

Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral, once named the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, was founded in 1140 and became the seat of the Bishop of Bristol in 1542. The cathedral can be found on College Green and is a great architectural example of gothic windows and a pinnacled skyline. Admission to the cathedral is free for all visitors.

Bristol Nightlife

Lover of food and a good night out? Bristol has a vibrant nightlife and is bursting at the seams with great places to eat and drink. Bristol is most famous for its cider, so a trip here wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the many great cider pubs such as the cider boat, The Apple, or The Orchard Inn which offers a huge 23 cider options. The city also has a vibrant art and music scene for those looking for more of a varied night out. With so many things to do in bustling Bristol, you’ll want to rest for the night so your refreshed for another fun-filled day. The good news is that Bristol is filled with lots of stylish but affordable hotels packed with amenities like spas, business clubs and bars.

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