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Anna & Miles' Guide to Bristol

Miles

Anna & Miles' Guide to Bristol

Places To Visit in Bristol
Mot of these are walkable from the house and we have been to them all and enjoyed them. For general information about what's on try: Visit Bristol - https://visitbristol.co.uk/ and Bristol 247 - https://www.bristol247.com/ Here's recent (Aug 2019) Bristol Guide from the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/aug/12/bristol-city-locals-guide-vegan-restaurants-bars-shopping
Interesting look at a a 400 year old house through the ages
The Red Lodge Museum
Interesting look at a a 400 year old house through the ages
The birthplace of Hymn Singing!
John Wesley's Chapel
36 The Horsefair
The birthplace of Hymn Singing!
Another interesting old house - this time dating back 250 years
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The Georgian House Museum
7 Great George St
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Another interesting old house - this time dating back 250 years
Beautiful park with walks, cafe's, historic mansion, golf courses, off-road cycles tracks, deer park and home to the world famous Balloon Fiesta in August.
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Ashton Court
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Beautiful park with walks, cafe's, historic mansion, golf courses, off-road cycles tracks, deer park and home to the world famous Balloon Fiesta in August.
Free entry – classic general museum with fossils, amour and everything you’d expect – plus the occasional Bansky (he staged a major exhibition here in 2009)
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Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
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Free entry – classic general museum with fossils, amour and everything you’d expect – plus the occasional Bansky (he staged a major exhibition here in 2009)
University research facility that is also open to the public with wonderful green-houses.
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University of Bristol Botanic Garden
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University research facility that is also open to the public with wonderful green-houses.
Bristol is extraordinarily proud of the Victorian Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel – this is one of his most famous engineering projects. There is a small museum at the Leigh Woods end of the bridge.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Bristol is extraordinarily proud of the Victorian Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel – this is one of his most famous engineering projects. There is a small museum at the Leigh Woods end of the bridge.
An historic boatyard at the lower end of Clifton Vale, with some interesting exhibits to view. Original pumping station, interesting displays and café serving top sandwiches, cakes and ice cream
Underfall Yard
An historic boatyard at the lower end of Clifton Vale, with some interesting exhibits to view. Original pumping station, interesting displays and café serving top sandwiches, cakes and ice cream
the Museum of Bristol, free entry
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M Shed
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the Museum of Bristol, free entry
Probably not one of the great UK cathedrals but impressive nevertheless. For a really stunning example of a Gothic cathedral, Wells is probably the nearest.
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Bristol Cathedral
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Probably not one of the great UK cathedrals but impressive nevertheless. For a really stunning example of a Gothic cathedral, Wells is probably the nearest.
Ferry Trips from various pickup points around the harbour - The Pump House is our nearest stop - trips up and down the Avon and around the harbour
Bristol Community Ferry Service
44 The Grove
Ferry Trips from various pickup points around the harbour - The Pump House is our nearest stop - trips up and down the Avon and around the harbour
Another Brunel project - the worlds first steel hulled boat that was rescued from the Falklands and imaginatively restored as a family attraction with a café and Brunel Institute ...
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Brunel's SS Great Britain
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Another Brunel project - the worlds first steel hulled boat that was rescued from the Falklands and imaginatively restored as a family attraction with a café and Brunel Institute ...
Art Gallery that often has good exhibitions.
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Royal West of England Academy of Art
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Art Gallery that often has good exhibitions.
Interesting Gallery, good Cafe
Spike Island
133 Cumberland Rd
Interesting Gallery, good Cafe
Our nearest swimming pool - olympic size - walk up there via the iconic Birdcage Walk - check the website for opening times
University Of Bristol Swimming Pool
Our nearest swimming pool - olympic size - walk up there via the iconic Birdcage Walk - check the website for opening times
Beautiful little historic chapel at the bottom of Park Street
The Lord Mayor's Chapel
Beautiful little historic chapel at the bottom of Park Street
Very good ice cream parlour at the bottom of Park Street
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Swoon Gelato
31 College Green
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Very good ice cream parlour at the bottom of Park Street
Just over the suspension bridge, so easily walkable from the house is Leigh Woods - bike tracks, woodland walks and a nature reserve and great views back into Bristol including the Bridge. Terrain is easy too with good paths and tracks if thats what you need.
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Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve
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Just over the suspension bridge, so easily walkable from the house is Leigh Woods - bike tracks, woodland walks and a nature reserve and great views back into Bristol including the Bridge. Terrain is easy too with good paths and tracks if thats what you need.
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Brandon Hill
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Fun day out if you like Zoos - it's a good one, well laid out, plenty of interest, good cafes etc. A fun day especially with the kids.
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Bristol Zoo
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Fun day out if you like Zoos - it's a good one, well laid out, plenty of interest, good cafes etc. A fun day especially with the kids.
A fun thinking to do aswell is to get a boat to Beese's pub and tea room which is down the river - lots of boat companies based in the harbour at the bottom of our road run a ferry service there - best to book -look at the public ferries page on Beese's website
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Beese's Riverside Bar
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A fun thinking to do aswell is to get a boat to Beese's pub and tea room which is down the river - lots of boat companies based in the harbour at the bottom of our road run a ferry service there - best to book -look at the public ferries page on Beese's website
Day Trips from Bristol
Interesting Places nearby that can't be reached on foot.
If you like trees and walks in woods then this is the place for you - in the autumn, when the leaves turn golden brown, it is quite spectacular.
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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
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If you like trees and walks in woods then this is the place for you - in the autumn, when the leaves turn golden brown, it is quite spectacular.
Beautiful Bath Spa with it Georgian buildings, Roman Baths, Modern Spa with a rooftop thermal pool and views over the city, Shops and so on - lovely place to visit. 10 minutes from Bristol by train from Bristol Temple Meads.
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Bath Spa
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Beautiful Bath Spa with it Georgian buildings, Roman Baths, Modern Spa with a rooftop thermal pool and views over the city, Shops and so on - lovely place to visit. 10 minutes from Bristol by train from Bristol Temple Meads.
Huge and spectacular castle dating from 1067
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Chepstow Castle
1 Bridge St
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Huge and spectacular castle dating from 1067
Atmospheric Ruined Abbey on the banks of the River Wye
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Tintern Abbey / Abaty Tyndryn
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Atmospheric Ruined Abbey on the banks of the River Wye
Our favourite beach near Bristol. Its about a 55 minute drive but worth it if you want a day on a nice beach. Check the tide times because at high tide there is not much beach and a low tide hardly any water! We go the the north end of the beach by Brean Down - there is a cafe there but also an area where cars are not allowed on the sand. Climb the steps up Brean Down walk along to see the fort and ancient settlements.
Brean Beach
Our favourite beach near Bristol. Its about a 55 minute drive but worth it if you want a day on a nice beach. Check the tide times because at high tide there is not much beach and a low tide hardly any water! We go the the north end of the beach by Brean Down - there is a cafe there but also an area where cars are not allowed on the sand. Climb the steps up Brean Down walk along to see the fort and ancient settlements.
A quite extraordinary Gothic Revival Victorian House – a shortish drive to get there but well worth a visit – the Gibb family who built it made their money importing guano as fertiliser. Extensive formal and market gardens.
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Tyntesfield
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A quite extraordinary Gothic Revival Victorian House – a shortish drive to get there but well worth a visit – the Gibb family who built it made their money importing guano as fertiliser. Extensive formal and market gardens.
Typical British seaside town with a restored Pier, a marine swimming lake, arcades, band-stands fish and chips but no beach. Also Clevedon Court is worth a visit (Wed, Thu, Sun only April to September) - see National Trust for Details
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Clevedon
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Typical British seaside town with a restored Pier, a marine swimming lake, arcades, band-stands fish and chips but no beach. Also Clevedon Court is worth a visit (Wed, Thu, Sun only April to September) - see National Trust for Details
Another typical British Seaside Town, this time with a beach with donkey rides and all the other 'glamorous attractions' you would expect. There is an outdoor Lido there which can be fun for the family in the summer - it gets crowded though.
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Weston-super-Mare
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Another typical British Seaside Town, this time with a beach with donkey rides and all the other 'glamorous attractions' you would expect. There is an outdoor Lido there which can be fun for the family in the summer - it gets crowded though.
Lovely small lake - nice to walk around in the winter and, though it says no swimming, people go wild-swimming there in the summer without any hassle.
Abbots Pool
Lovely small lake - nice to walk around in the winter and, though it says no swimming, people go wild-swimming there in the summer without any hassle.
Restaurants we like or that people we like also like.
We have tried to select local independent places that we know personally or that have been recommended by people we trust and have stuck to places easily accessible (i.e. walk-able distance) from the house. But Bristol is foodie heaven, well endowed with interesting places to visit and also has a highly developed independent business culture. The Gloucester Road for example is said to be the longest (1+ miles) stretch of independent retailers and restaurants in the UK. Amble up there if you like Thrift/Charity shopping, independent cafes and pubs and a huge variety of independent shops. Stokes Croft is one of the more vibrant, exciting and rogue parts of town with lots of great pubs and clubs, restaurants and cafes, community centres but also rehab facilities and homelessness. Cargo at Wapping Wharf is also great to visit - several very interesting restaurants and retail outlets all in converted shipping containers - the whole project has quickly become a firm Bristol favourite Meanwhile - here are some more local eateries that we like:
Fine dining Indian Style - excellent food and service, one of our favourite restaurants in Bristol - so much so that we have a loyalty card that gives our guests a 15% discount! The card is in the flat. Best to book at weekends.
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The Mint Room
12-16 Clifton Rd
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Fine dining Indian Style - excellent food and service, one of our favourite restaurants in Bristol - so much so that we have a loyalty card that gives our guests a 15% discount! The card is in the flat. Best to book at weekends.
Regular, perfectly good Indian restaurant, Clifton
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Brunel Raj
7 Waterloo Street
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Regular, perfectly good Indian restaurant, Clifton
Great Pizza, great atmosphere - authentic Italian eatery with casseroles and pasta on the Menu.
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Bosco Clifton Village
29 Regent St
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Great Pizza, great atmosphere - authentic Italian eatery with casseroles and pasta on the Menu.
Tiny restaurant, limited menu (which is a good thing), and they deliver, find them on Facebook - 0117 925 0754
Chai Shai Kitchen
4 Jacob's Wells Rd
Tiny restaurant, limited menu (which is a good thing), and they deliver, find them on Facebook - 0117 925 0754
Upmarket, modern British Brasserie. Wonderful Building, great service.
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The Ivy Clifton Brasserie
42-44 Caledonia Pl
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Upmarket, modern British Brasserie. Wonderful Building, great service.
Very very good fish and chips
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Clifton Village Fish Bar
4 Princess Victoria Street
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Very very good fish and chips
Modern British gastro pub. the chef is a forager. they also have a huge selection of Gins, hundreds of varieties.
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The Pump House
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Modern British gastro pub. the chef is a forager. they also have a huge selection of Gins, hundreds of varieties.
There are two locally, one in Southville near the Tobacco Factory, one on Apsley Road off the top of Whiteladies Road. Middle Eastern cuisine, one of our very favourites.
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Souk Kitchen
277 North St
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There are two locally, one in Southville near the Tobacco Factory, one on Apsley Road off the top of Whiteladies Road. Middle Eastern cuisine, one of our very favourites.
Spa, swimming pool and lovely restaurant - modern British cuisine.
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Lido Spa & Restaurant
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Spa, swimming pool and lovely restaurant - modern British cuisine.
'St Nicks' covered market with its street food stalls at the top of Corn Street is well worth a visit. Mon to Sat daytime with occasional late night specials. The Moroccan place, Spice Up Your Life (Indian) and the Matina Kurdish wraps are all outstanding. On Corn Street itself there is a Farmer's and Producer's Market on Wednesday mornings 9.30 to 2.30 and check out also "Source" - amazing butcher and fishmonger.
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St Nicholas Market
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'St Nicks' covered market with its street food stalls at the top of Corn Street is well worth a visit. Mon to Sat daytime with occasional late night specials. The Moroccan place, Spice Up Your Life (Indian) and the Matina Kurdish wraps are all outstanding. On Corn Street itself there is a Farmer's and Producer's Market on Wednesday mornings 9.30 to 2.30 and check out also "Source" - amazing butcher and fishmonger.
Sunday market, local producers and traders and street food stands - small but a great atmosphere and some really good food
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Tobacco Factory Market
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Sunday market, local producers and traders and street food stands - small but a great atmosphere and some really good food
Bustling, lively restaurant, great fun but not if you want a quiet night out. Turns into a late night drinking venue after food service stops at about 10.00. Lovely Sri Lankan food - sharing plates style.
The Coconut Tree Bristol, Clifton Triangle
2 Byron Pl
Bustling, lively restaurant, great fun but not if you want a quiet night out. Turns into a late night drinking venue after food service stops at about 10.00. Lovely Sri Lankan food - sharing plates style.
Our daughter is a big fan of Korean food and LOVES this place. Apparently they cook their chicken at 6.30pm so if you are into Korean chicken then try to be there at that time. They don't take bookings at the time of writing
Bokman
3 Nine Tree Hill
Our daughter is a big fan of Korean food and LOVES this place. Apparently they cook their chicken at 6.30pm so if you are into Korean chicken then try to be there at that time. They don't take bookings at the time of writing
Lovely local Indian restaurant with an interesting menu - click and collect and Uber Eats.
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Nutmeg
10 The Mall
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Lovely local Indian restaurant with an interesting menu - click and collect and Uber Eats.
Walking Tour of Bristol Centre
There is a great circular walk that you can do round the harbour and up Park Street that takes in a lot of the places we call out in the guide – there are too many to do all in one go but pick the ones that take your fancy. From the house turn left down the hill and head to Underfall Yard, then keep going round the harbour; The Cottage Inn is a decent pub on the harbour; Spike Island is a gallery that often has great exhibitions; SS Great Britain – Brunel’s steel hulled liner – great family attraction; Cargo – a collection of shipping containers converted to restaurants, shops and bars; M Shed – the Museum of Bristol, free entry – then head over the bridge and check out; Arnolfini – modern art space – has its moments – head over the Pero (Horn) Bridge to; We The Curious – Bristol’s Science Museum – great for families; Bristol Cathedral – not one of the greats but impressive nevertheless, up Park Street; Swoon is a marvellous ice cream parlour at the bottom of Park St if you are in the mood; The Lord Mayor's Chapel on the right is small but very interesting; Georgian House Museum – then up to the top to; Bristol Museum and then a bit further along; RWA they also have some good exhibitions here The back to 9 Clifton Vale via Birdcage Walk will be a lovely conclusion to your tour!
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Harbourside
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There is a great circular walk that you can do round the harbour and up Park Street that takes in a lot of the places we call out in the guide – there are too many to do all in one go but pick the ones that take your fancy. From the house turn left down the hill and head to Underfall Yard, then keep going round the harbour; The Cottage Inn is a decent pub on the harbour; Spike Island is a gallery that often has great exhibitions; SS Great Britain – Brunel’s steel hulled liner – great family attraction; Cargo – a collection of shipping containers converted to restaurants, shops and bars; M Shed – the Museum of Bristol, free entry – then head over the bridge and check out; Arnolfini – modern art space – has its moments – head over the Pero (Horn) Bridge to; We The Curious – Bristol’s Science Museum – great for families; Bristol Cathedral – not one of the greats but impressive nevertheless, up Park Street; Swoon is a marvellous ice cream parlour at the bottom of Park St if you are in the mood; The Lord Mayor's Chapel on the right is small but very interesting; Georgian House Museum – then up to the top to; Bristol Museum and then a bit further along; RWA they also have some good exhibitions here The back to 9 Clifton Vale via Birdcage Walk will be a lovely conclusion to your tour!