48 hours in... BristolMonday 13 July 2015 by Sino Chui Bristol is a brilliant city to explore if you’ve only got a weekend, as it’s compact enough that you can walk from place to place without having to rely on public transport or a car. There’s something for everyone as well, whether you’re a foodie, a shopper or travelling with family. Here are our suggestions for a weekend in the capital of the South West.
Wake up feeling rested and relaxed after a night in your apartment, it’s time to head up to Clifton for a day of exploring. As you climb up the infamously steep Park Street, keep your eyes peeled for the famous Banksy on the way… Nestled just after La Tomatina on the right hand side, and visible from the road bridge that crosses Frog Lane. First on the list is The Farm. Serving traditional English breakfasts, the food is of the highest quality and the coffee is brilliant!
After you’ve eaten your fill, take a walk through pretty Clifton Village enjoying the squares, fancy houses and independent boutiques until you end up at the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge. The views across Bristol are beautiful and Leigh Woods sets a stunning backdrop.
If you’re the curious type, head up to the Camera Obscura where you can enjoy fabulous views across Bristol. For those with kids in tow (or even for those that haven’t) Bristol Zoo is one of the oldest in the country and has plenty to keep you busy for a whole day!
If the zoo isn’t your thing, the Clifton Lido should certainly make it onto your list. Pack your swimming costume and enjoy a dip. The pool is known for its low chlorine levels and is partially heated by solar panels on the roof! Then beat those post-swimming blues with some tapas in the Lido restaurant.
There are so many independent places for a good meal in Bristol, it’s hard to single one out, but Rosemarinos has to make it onto the list. Delicious food, friendly service and a lovely atmosphere, it could serve as a breakfast, lunch or dinner stop, although it feels a little more special as an evening meal!
If you’ve still got some energy, head to Bordeaux Quay for a cocktail and enjoy the sunset over the docks, or perhaps take a stroll along the waterfront, heading to No 1 Harbourside or the Stable, before heading back to your apartment for some rest.
One of our favourite breakfasts in Bristol is the Souk Kitchen. There’s one up in Clifton, but we recommend heading to the original in Southville. The Shakshouka is fabulous and you can wash it down with proper Turkish Coffee. Then cross the road and take a wander around the Tobacco Factory Market, perhaps picking up some goodies to snack on or some vintage clothing.
From North Street, take a walk towards the waterfront, stopping off at the SS Great Britain and M Shed for some Bristolian history. If you’re in need of a coffee break, The Olive Shed is on the way and has beautiful views across the water, more great coffee and lovely cakes and snacks.
For your next stop, why not visit the Arnolfini for some modern art or @Bristol to entertain the kids. For those lazy, rainy days head to the Watershed, an independent cinema showing the latest international releases. It also serves delicious food, so you can grab some lunch or a light bite after the movie.
If you’re a traditional Sunday lunch fan, the Rose of Denmark is the place for you. Wander back afterwards down the other side of the floating harbour, perhaps stopping off in the Grain Barge for a half (if you’re not driving!) before heading back home.