Our guide to bristol part 2

The best things to do in Bristol – part 2

5 April 2019

In the first part of this guide, we looked at just how close the buzzing city of Bristol is to our beloved Bath. In fact, you can get there in under 20 minutes when you travel by rail!

We also explored some of the best sights and sounds of Bristol, the ideal city for a day trip from Bath. But if you have a little longer to spend hopping between the two cities, the good news is that there are plenty more fabulous things to do in Bristol. Here are a few more of our favourites:

  1. St Nicholas Indoor Market

Once named Britain’s Best Large Indoor Market, this bustling market on Corn Street is a must-visit if you’re in Bristol. It is huge, with a covered hall full of individual shops and charming alleyways and a large open plan market with a wide range of weird, wonderful and beautiful things for sale. There’s also a Glass Arcade where you can snap up something delicious from a tempting choice of world foods.

Best of all, it’s all indoors – so you can browse, shop and eat whatever the weather!

  1. Top shopping at Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and Park Street

Continuing the retail therapy, take yourself off to Cabot Circus Shopping Centre for a huge choice of shopping, family fun and dining. This is a unique shopping experience like no other, with an innovative indoor-outdoor design and a spectacular roof. All your favourite high street favourites are here, along with restaurants, cafes, ImmotionVR virtual reality gaming, the Showcase Cinema De Lux and crazy golf.

Take a short hop across the city for more shopping-related things to do in Bristol, over on Park Street. This area is famous for its trendy boutiques, quirky shops and beautiful architecture. Lose an afternoon in music and book shops, bars and restaurants.

  1. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

No visit to Bristol is complete without checking out the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on Queen’s Road. It has 19 galleries spread across three floors, showcasing world-class art, archaeology, natural history, culture and geology collections – along with a dynamic events programme.

  1. M Shed

M Shed is a museum with a difference, which is one of the reasons it’s one of the most popular things to do in Bristol. Housed in a 1950s transit shed on the historic wharf, M Shed tells the story of Bristol’s social history through a series of fun, interactive, ground-breaking and thought-provoking exhibitions. It’s free to enter and features a combination of films, exhibitions, discussion and real-life stories, making it a fascinating place to visit.  

  1. Aerospace Bristol

Inside this enormous museum you’ll be taken on a journey through Bristol’s world-famous aerospace history, even getting to see the iconic Concorde aeroplane up close and personal. The kids will love the interactive exhibitions along with the planes, helicopters, engines and more. It’s a fantastic day out for all the family.

Remember, if you’re making Bath your base camp for Bristol day trip adventures, make sure to book yourself somewhere lovely to stay here at Bath Holiday Rentals.