An Insider Guide to Bristol

Tuesday 26 August 2014 by Hollie Swain Bristol - a vibrant and bustling city with so much to offer! We thought it would be a great idea to give you an insider’s view on a few highlights of SACO’s hometown.

If green spaces are your thing..

Countryside and nature isn’t commonly associated with city life, but Bristol is a place where urban and rural life join together perfectly. Brandon Hill is a hidden gem, providing breath-taking panoramic views across the city, whilst The Downs is popular for kite flying, walking and picnicking. Ashton Court Estate, located just outside the city, boasts 850 acres of woodland and meadows, and is also home to the internationally-renowned Bristol Balloon Fiesta - sponsored this year by SACO!

Learn about the history of Bristol..

Bristol is distinctively rich in culture and heritage, boasting a beautiful harbourside location and a wealth of museums and galleries. M Shed is the newest museum to the city situated right on the waterfront, providing an interactive experience of the history of Bristol, through stories and memories of those who shaped it. Alternatively, the Arnolfini contemporary arts centre showcases an eclectic range of art forms (and has a café that serves up delicious food), or climb aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain and discover how Bristol’s historic ship ruled the seas.

Did you know that Bristol has many famous landmarks?

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, an iconic landmark of Bristol, stands prominently above the picturesque Avon Gorge. The city side of the bridge is situated within Clifton Village - home to exclusive boutique shops, cosy coffee shops, gourmet restaurants and sophisticated bars. A great place to admire the bridge is from the Avon Gorge Hotel, where the large outside seating area looks directly up to the bridge. Nothing can beat enjoying a glass of local West Country cider over this view on a glorious summer’s day!

Just visiting for a few days?

If you don’t have as long as you would like in Bristol but want to experience everything that the city has to offer, then hop on the City Sightseeing bus and hop off at all the places of interest to you. The bus passes by sights such as Cabot Circus shopping centre, Bristol Cathedral, Park Street, Bristol Zoo, Clifton Village and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The buses run regularly throughout the day, with 1, 2 and 3 day passes available, to ensure that you have time to see all the great sights of the city.

Want to find out more?

Hopefully we've tempted you to visit some of these wonderful places within Bristol, but click here to find out everything else on offer in this fantastic city.

And of course, Bristol is SACO’s home-from-home, where we all work hard at our HQ to provide you with the best possible experience of staying in a serviced apartment – come and meet the team! West India House is situated on Bristol’s waterfront and the impressive Broad Quay apartments are right in the heart of Bristol’s centre.

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